August 17, 2019
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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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One of Miles Davis’s finest albums is Miles Ahead: Miles Davis +19, an orchestral jazz recording arranged and conducted by Gil Evans in May and August of 1957. In many ...
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On July 16, 1978, pianist Bill Evans performed at La Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France. He was backed by Marc Johnson on bass and Philly Joe ...
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It’s not quite a secret society or an underground movement, but scattered across the country wherever jazz is played former students of Art Lande are in the thick of ...
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The seven videos of French vocalese groups from the 1950s and early ’60s. As readers know by now, we love French vocal harmony groups. For our, they’re like ...
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Two of the most dominant and successful hard bop groups of the 1950s were Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers and the Horace Silver Quintet. One wasn’t better ...
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One of America’s first champions of Brazilian bossa nova was Felix Grant. A jazz disc jockey in Washington D.C., Grant hosted The Album Sound on WMAL. His voice had a ...
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When it comes to loosening social mores, progress that isn’t made in private has often taken place onstage. That was certainly the case at the Clam House, a Prohibition-era ...
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Richard, of course, is the surviving half of the Carpenters, the best-selling 1970s sunshine pop group. Richard’s sister Karen died in 1983 at age 32 of heart failure ...
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“We’re going to play this beautiful tune by Leonard Bernstein,” says alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley at one point on Swingin’ in Seattle: Live at the Penthouse (1966-1967), a collection ...
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A diverse array of artists pay tribute to saxophonist Michael Brecker at The Nearness Of You Concert, in the Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Jan. 28. ...
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