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January 19, 2018
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Marty Grosz sits on a bar stool in a darkened room in Chestnut Hill’s Mermaid Inn, his hands and eyes embracing his 1927 Gibson L5 acoustic guitar with ...
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Zara McFarlane may have been made in Britain, but she belongs to Jamaica. The land of her mother and father is written in her soul and vibrates through ...
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Most fans of American jazz and pop vocalists would agree that Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra were the undisputed champs of their era. But in 1959, both at ...
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South Africans had specific attitudes to American jazz during the liberation struggle against apartheid. The late trumpeter Johnny Mekoa told me in an interview for my book, “Soweto ...
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Almost exactly 60 years ago, in the crisp, early spring of 1958, a young boy from California named Darius shuffled through the streets of Warsaw. He shivered; it ...
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The guitarist and educator has lived in the city for ten years, honing his instrumental and compositional talents, teaching jazz privately and at a high school, and sharing ...
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Few guitarists are as beloved by fans and musicians as Lenny Breau. He played the guitar with natural swing and elegance, treating the instrument like a piano. He’d ...
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Guitarist Wes Montgomery’s legendary 1965 concert in Paris has been released under many titles, yet it had never been legally released until recently. The previous issues were taped ...
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Yesterday, I listened to British tenor saxophonist Leo Richardson’s new album. It pays tribute to American hard bop. I’m happy to report that the musical coupling is a ...
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Yesterday, I came across this splendid newly surfaced video of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Paul Desmond, with Gerry Mulligan, the Charles Mingus Quartet and Jimmy Smith at ...
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The 1950s provide us with an endless bounty of tasty trumpet players whose names are largely forgotten or unfamiliar. On Monday I posted about Johnny Glasel and his ...
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Trumpeter Donald Byrd first came to New York from Detroit in 1955, when he was 22. While studying for a master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, ...
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Authorship of the jazz standard Four has always been in question. Miles Davis was the first to record the song in 1954 and is credited as the sole composer. But ...
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In April, Japan’s favorite jazz singer for more than 50 years returned for what she called her “sayonara” engagement. As Helen Merrill stepped onstage at the Blue Note ...
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The writer, all round jazz knowledge, jazz consultant at Universal and Editor-in-Chief of the udiscovermusic website, Richard Havers has died after a short illness.   After spending twenty years working ...
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Sixty-three years ago, on New Year’s Day in 1955, pianist Teddy Wilson, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Jo Jones went into a studio for Norgran Records and recorded The ...
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Today’s Jazz Singers on Ella Fitzgerald. Apologies to James Brown, but Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 100 on April 25, was the hardest working singer in show ...
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Forty-eight years ago this month, pianist Thelonious Monk appeared in Berlin at the Berliner Jazztage festival. Translated, the event’s name meant Berlin Jazz Days, which today is known ...
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The history of the Count Basie orchestra is generally divided into two broad periods – the Old Testament band, which lasted from 1935 to 1950, and the New ...
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The trumpet enjoys a renaissance in jazz. The trumpeters vary the tone between feverish power and gentle poetry. This not only serves their personal expressivity. There they are ...
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