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May 24, 2019
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The Art Ensemble of Chicago was already six years into an acclaimed career when it had its first extended run at an American jazz club. In honor of the ...
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Well 2000 pieces, 100 tours, numerous jazz standards – Duke Ellington wore the music of African Americans in the world. Miles Davis also adored him and yet did ...
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As ‘Bolden’ opens in theaters, Dr. Lewis Porter peels back the mythology around Louis Armstrong, a central character in the film. It’s always noteworthy when a feature film ...
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For a while during his captivity, jazz kept Eric Vogel, a Jewish Czech trumpeter, useful to the Nazis—and therefore alive. In 1961, sixteen years after Eric Vogel leaped ...
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One of the last greats of his generation, jazz master Benny Golson talks about Coltrane, Spielberg and “A Great Day in Harlem” as he heads to Minnesota. Benny Golson ...
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On cold mornings, Les Goodson shows up early outside the University Club, on a wealthy stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and races two panhandlers he has nicknamed ...
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Jazz musicians in continental Europe who emerged in the 1940s held a special distinction. They survived World War II in countries occupied by the Germans. Jazz was used ...
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Some were deeply influenced by modern classical orchestral music. Others such as Johnny Mandel, Manny Albam, Johnny Pate and Oliver Nelson were swayed by the drama and incidental ...
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Few drummers make me smile more than Jo Jones. Jones began jazz drumming professionally in the 1920s and first recorded in 1931 with Hunter’s Serenades. Jones is probably ...
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A few weeks ago I received an email from two ardent Bill Evans fans — James Farber and Larry Goldberg. They wrote to say they had interviewed Evans ...
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In 1967, Creed Taylor launched CTI Records as a subsidiary of the A&M label. Creed had just left Verve, where he headed the jazz label and pioneered new ...
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The 100th anniversary of Nat King Cole’s birth is this Sunday, March 17. Cole was one of America’s most remarkable entertainers. His first jazz-pop career was with his ...
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Like Mahershala Ali as he accepted the best supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of the pianist Donald Shirley in the best picture winner “Green Book,” I always, or almost ...
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A quiet Sunday night in 1953. The Dodgers had just won the pennant. J.F.K. and Jacqueline Bouvier had just married. And four titans of bebop came together in ...
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Chicago tenor saxophone giant Von Freeman died in 2012, at age 88, but he remains a significant figure in jazz here and beyond. The latest evidence comes in ...
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John Guare’s works include The House of Blue Leaves, Atlantic City and Six Degrees of Separation. His new play, Nantucket Sleigh Ride, is at New York’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center ...
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I used to work at the New York Jazz Museum, just yards from the Old Studio 54. The museum is long gone, but it had put the teenage ...
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We thank our readers for following Deep Dive with Lewis Porter. Sometimes new information comes to light after I’ve posted, and at other times I simply think of ...
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Although today jazz is a world phenomenon, there are special jazz spots on the planet. These are cities where style or, better to say, the whole phenomenon has ...
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Ed Bickert, whose exceedingly modest way in conversation belied a nimble sense of humor, used to tell one story deserving of a permanent place in guitar lore. At ...
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