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November 17, 2018
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Dexter Gordon was an indisputable jazz legend when he died in 1990, at 67. An iconic and dashing bebop hero of the 1940s, he had also made some ...
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Comments on the book: “Valery Ponomarev’s story is electrifying and inspiring. Most of all, it’s living proof that dedication to truth and beauty can and must triumph over ...
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That this book Carlos Santana – Sound of the Heart, Song of the World by Gary Golio is a children’s book should come as no surprise; after all the brevity ...
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Jazz is one of the major forms of musical expression. In the 1970s, jazz was moving away from strict acoustic instruments and was adding electric instruments— turning its ...
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John Stubblefield always struggled for recognition. The obscure saxophonist was versatile and could play soul-jazz, funk-jazz and avant-garde jazz in the 1970s and beyond. Which probably is why ...
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Curtis Counce recorded his first leadership album in October 1956. For the Contemporary Records session, the West Coast jazz bassist assembled a muscular quintet — Jack Sheldon (tp), ...
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“I was sick of the white of my studio and wanted more of a background,” Arthur Elgort says, “so we went down to Crosby Street and attracted an ...
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Few tribute albums are as heartfelt and imaginative as Something For You, pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias’ personal appreciation of jazz titan Bill Evans. Created in collaboration with upright bass ...
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Bert Stern’s acclaimed film of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival is newly restored for its 60th Anniversary. Jazz on a Summer’s Day” is one of the greatest concert movies ever ...
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People all over the world can hum his tunes, yet relatively few have ever heard his name. He was championed for creating a new sound in jazz, but ...
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Antonio Carlos Jobim composed Chega de Saudade in the late 1950s. In May 1962, Dizzy Gillespie recorded the song on Dizzy on the French Riviera (an album that actually was recorded in ...
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Charles Aznavour plays “J’abdiquerai” from his album “Colore ma vie” made in Cuba with Chucho Valdès and Jean Claudric in Paris. Text and music by Charles Aznavour. “I’ll ...
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In fact, it’s almost impossible to fully appreciate any post-World War II jazz pianist without first studying Powell’s recordings. Thelonious Monk would be the exception, but even with ...
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Duke Ellington was among the preeminent American composers of the 20th century, and the most exhaustively studied of all jazz artists. There are more books and articles about ...
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Jazz music, with its long history in the traditions of black people in America, acted as the background music to the civil rights movement in the late 50s ...
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In February 1964, pianist Denny Zeitlin recorded Cathexis, his first leadership album for Columbia. Denny was joined by Cecil McBee on bass and Freddie Waits on drum. The title track ...
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The Austin musician stands alone in showing up Miles Davis in his autobiography. Kenny Dorham was once 10 feet tall, lean and healthy. In Miles Davis’ autobiography, one ...
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The Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna was one of the early swing bands that rocked Cuba and it’s hardly surprising why. The big band not only boasted big ...
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Every Sunday, my beautiful Bride & I celebrate our love by listening to jazz together. We’ve continued this tradition from many years ago when I began to court ...
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This song is actually called African Mailman but the video is entitled as Sinner Man because I found it very similar, even I think the melodic base is ...
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