August 17, 2019
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Over three days in May 1958, Maynard Ferguson’s band was in New York to record an album for Roulette. The result was A Message From Newport, one of the best ...
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In the 1935 film “Princesse Tam-Tam,” Josephine Baker’s title character is at a chic club when she forgets herself — and her lessons in acting white — at the sound ...
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Gil Noble died in 2012, but from 1968 to 1986, he was seen often in New York on TV as an anchor on WABC’s Eyewitness Newsand as host of Like ...
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The swingin’est arranger around today is Sammy Nestico. In fact, Sammy probably has held that title since the late 1960s, when he first arranged Count Basie’s album Straight Ahead. ...
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Guitarist Mundell Lowe was a wonderful arranger with impeccable taste and intimate elegance. This was true of his big-band writing and his charts for small groups. Recently I ...
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Itzhak and I talked about how his parents met after leaving Poland just before the German invasion in 1939 and the day as a child he woke and ...
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While attending high school in Chicago in the early ’50s, Jarman took up the drums under the tutelage of the famous music teacher Walter Dyett. He switched to ...
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The “Perfect Album” album I’ve selected remains one of my absolute favorite big-band recordings—Something Else by Johnny Richards. It’s so far off the grid that no Wiki page exists, ...
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The recording along with two other RCA gems by Davis in the late 1960s were produced by Brad McCuen. Then I provided some bio information about McCuen and ...
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Gisele Bundchen for my “House Call” column in the Mansion section on her childhood in Brazi. She talked about growing up with five sisters remai  best friends today. ...
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A signature instrumental style, recognizable within a phrase or two. A body of exceptional recordings, in the studio and in concert. A legion of imitators, great and small. ...
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The last day of the year always feels exhilarating and melancholy. Exhilarating, because we’re on the threshold of a new year fresh with promise and hope. Melancholy, because ...
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Today it’s Christmas around the world, the day on which I traditionally feature the Julie London holiday album that never was. London is one of my favorite female ...
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Wayne Shorter says he doesn’t really believe in beginnings or endings, so let’s just parachute into 1985, when the garrulous jazz sage felt the need to explain himself ...
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“I’ve been drunk with music all my life,” Charles Lloyd muses, “and it’s been my spiritual path. And the times that I was knocked off my mooring, I ...
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We know it can be hard to shop for the jazz fan in your life. Especially in this day and age — when so much of our music ...
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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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