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Interview with a Jazz Maven: Michael Cuscuna

Interview with a Jazz Maven: Michael Cuscuna | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Earlier this year I had the good fortune to sit down for an hour with Michael Cuscuna, who is a veritable walking encyclopedia on everything jazz-related. Many will recognize Michael as one of the owners of Mosaic Records (www.mosaicrecords.com), one of the preeminent jazz reissue labels. (The Mosaic approach deserves an article of its own, given its phenomenal record of tracking down master tapes and reissuing box sets in CD and/or vinyl.) Michael is also one of the éminence grise behind the Music Matters Blue Note reissue project (along with Ron Rambach and Joe Harley…and Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray). In fact, it was Ron who kindly provided me with the introduction.

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Lifelong appreciation for jazz artist Ruby Braff leads to major book ... - Indiana University

Lifelong appreciation for jazz artist Ruby Braff leads to major book ... - Indiana University | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Finding the right words during a brief encounter led an Indiana University business professor into a lifelong relationship with one of the underappreciated legends of jazz, cornetist Ruby Braff.The cover of Thomas P. Hustad's book features a photo of Ruby Braff with Louis Armstrong, which was taken by Duncan Schiedt, a collaborator with Ken Burns on the "Jazz" documentary.

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Thomas P. Hustad, professor emeritus of marketing and a past chairperson of the MBA program at IU's Kelley School of Business, also became Braff's biographer and a serious archivist of his vast musical career.

The 700-page book, "Born to Play: The Ruby Braff Discography and Directory of Performances," has just been published and is the result of more than a dozen years of interviews and extensive research common to his other vocation, marketing and product development.
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Claude Williamson: Kenton Presents

Claude Williamson: Kenton Presents | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
In the very early 1950s, Los Angeles was awash in jazz pianists who could play with tinkling speed and ferocious grace.
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Sun Ra | Jazz | Keyboard

Sun Ra | Jazz | Keyboard | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Sun Ra's Birthday today! Eclectic, outrageous, sometimes mystifying but always imbued with a powerful jazz consciousness, the music of Sun Ra has withstood its skeptics and detractors for nearly three generations. And well it should, since Sun Ra has been both apart of and ahead of the jazz tradition during that time. Like Duke Ellington and swing-era pioneer Fletcher Henderson, Sun Ra learned early on to write music in an arranged form that showcased the specific talents of his individual Arkestra members, and he has retained the services of some of these musicians to this day: John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, and Julian Priester for example since they first joined in the 1950's. On the other hand, Sun Ra was the first jazz musician to perform on electronic keyboards (56), the first to pursue full-scale collective improvisation in a big band setting, and his preoccupation with space travel as a compositional subject predated bands like Weather Report by about 15 years.All this from someone who refuses to even cite the earth as his home planet and prefers to have arrived from Saturn.

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Lynne Arriale: Solo – review

Lynne Arriale: Solo – review | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

(In & Out)With this solo set of seven originals, two Thelonious Monk themes and three standards, Lynne Arriale, a former classical pianist from Milwaukee, has taken a long-postponed plunge into unaccompanied performance.

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Pepper Adams + Zoot Sims - JazzWax

Pepper Adams + Zoot Sims - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

On December 11 and 12, 1968, three different styles of jazz converged in one New York recording studio—and the result was flammable. The session leader was baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams [pictured above], who was paired for the first and only time with tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims. The little-known album would be called Encounter! (Prestige), and the rhythm-section featured Tommy Flanagan (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Elvin Jones (drums).

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About the photo “A Great Day in Harlem” | Jazz Con Class

About the photo “A Great Day in Harlem” | Jazz Con Class | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

This is a great story about one of the most important and most historic pictures taken on the subject of Jazz. It was shot in Harlem, New York City on August 12th of the year 1958. It was the most unique picture to see for all Jazz fans living at the time it was taken. For the Jazz fans of today and ones who were born immediately afterwards, it is a treasure. Learn more about this picture, purchase the documentary and grab the poster while you have the chance.

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Thursday Music: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers! - Blogging Blue

Thursday Music: Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers! Moanin' (live 1958): Posted by Ed Heinzelman on May 10, 2012 | Tags: Art Blakey, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Ed Heinzelman, Jazz | Category: Thursday Music | Leave a ...
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Five Jazz Piano Trios For Fans Of BADBADNOTGOOD

Five Jazz Piano Trios For Fans Of BADBADNOTGOOD | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Five Jazz Piano Trios For Fans Of BADBADNOTGOODNPR (blog)On paper, this seems like the sort of band BADBADNOTGOOD wouldn't like — three dudes who met at a Grammy-affiliated camp for the most talented high school jazz musicians in the US, who often...
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Jazz titans to reunite in Fort Lauderdale following a transcendent trip to Havana

Jazz titans to reunite in Fort Lauderdale following a transcendent trip to Havana | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Under normal circumstances, saxophonist David Sánchez and vibraphonist Stefon Harris are among the most-soulful artists in modern jazz. But there was something about performing and recording in Havana, Cuba, as they did in May 2010 with trumpeter Christian Scott, that elicited some particularly impassioned playing from these A-list musicians. The results were captured on last year's CD/DVD "Ninety Miles," the title of which references the distance between the island nation and the southernmost tip of the United States. Also tracked on a documentary film of the same name, the U.S.-based jazz stars engaged in vibrant collaboration with the Cuban ensembles of pianists Rember Duharte and Harold Lopez-Nussa.

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Jazz for Jesus: Selections from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts

Jazz for Jesus: Selections from Duke Ellington's Sacred Concerts | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
I'm not the first to bring folks attention to the small “c” catholicity of Jazz. Hopefully, I won't be the last. There may even be a big “C” version of it, which I will spotlight in future Music for Mondays posts over the next few weeks.
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Jazz Soul Seven: Curtis Mayfield - JazzWax

Jazz Soul Seven: Curtis Mayfield - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Curtis Mayfield (1942-1999) isn't nearly as well known today as he should be. Now (finally!), a jazz group has revived the music of Curtis Mayfield, and the resulting album is among the most important new jazz CDs of the year. Jazz Soul Seven's Impressions of Curtis Mayfield sheds new light on Mayfield's most significant works, giving the material a jazz-soul interpretation that enhances and enlivens the music's original intent. Best of all, the songs have been updated without losing the essence of their bold message of self-determination.

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CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Don Braden and Karl Latham Release "Big Fun(K) Live"

CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Don Braden and Karl Latham Release "Big Fun(K) Live" | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Big Fun(k) Live is a mosaic of different musical influences and styles led by tenor saxophone all-star m: Don Braden and internationally-known percussionist m: Karl Latham.
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Jazz axed from Boston's airways | Open Sky Jazz

Jazz axed from Boston's airways | Open Sky Jazz | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Last week came the disturbing news that yet another public radio station was about to give up the ghost on its jazz broadcasting responsibilities. WGBH, long a pillar of the Boston radio airways, axed longtime programmer ...
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Gabriel Zufferey playing TAKE FIVE / TRINKLE TINKLE,AMR,Switzerland,2012

Gabriel Zufferey ( http://gabrielzufferey.com/ ) jazz piano solo live at the AMR, Sud Des Alpes, Geneva, 3rd of June 2012, playing Take Five (Paul Desmond) a...
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Vancouver jazz festival: George Benson returns to his roots

Vancouver jazz festival: George Benson returns to his roots | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Guitar icon talks about his early days, inspirational giants and fallen stars.

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A Child’s Introduction to Jazz by Cannonball Adderley (with Louis Armstrong & Thelonious Monk)

A Child’s Introduction to Jazz by Cannonball Adderley (with Louis Armstrong & Thelonious Monk) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

In 1961, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, the jazz saxophonist best known for his work on Miles Davis’ epic album Kind of Blue (listen here), narrated a children’s introduction to jazz music. Part of a larger series of educational albums for children, this 12-inch LP offered an “easy-going, conversational discussion of the highlights of the jazz story,” highlighting the “major styles and great performers” that began in New Orleans and spread beyond. Included on the album are some legendary jazz figures — Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Sidney Bechet, Thelonious Monk, and, of course, Cannonball himself. The album, A Child’s Introduction to Jazz, has long been out of circulation. But you can catch it on YouTube, or above.

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Hyatt Hotel Heir Denies He's Spent $100 Mil on Unfinished Jazz Film - Forbes

Hyatt Hotel Heir Denies He's Spent $100 Mil on Unfinished Jazz Film - Forbes | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Dan Pritzker, one of the heirs to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, started shooting Bolden!, a movie about an obscure jazz musician, in 2008. He wrapped principal photography last year after many reshoots. And then: silence.

An off shoot project, a short silent film called “Louis” about Louis Armstrong, was shown about half a dozen times with a live orchestra and then was put away.

Actors and agents involved in Bolden! no longer know what’s happened, including Anthony Mackie, who plays Buddy Bolden, Jackie Earle Haley, and Reno Wilson. Pritzker and I spoke this evening. I thought maybe Bolden! had been released and I’d forgotten about. Nope. Bolden! is sitting in an editing room in Pritzker’s Chicago mansion. An editor comes and goes he says, and they have several versions.

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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Grace Kelly

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Grace Kelly | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
All About Jazz is celebrating Grace Kelly's birthday today!
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THE LILLIE DELK CHRISTIAN MYSTERIES

THE LILLIE DELK CHRISTIAN MYSTERIES | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
What we know about the singer Lillie Delk Christian is minute.  She doesn’t even have an entry in John Chilton’s WHO’S WHO IN JAZZ.  She recorded sixteen sides for OKeh Records in 1926-28 with some of the finest jazz players of the time in Chicago:...
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Feyas, Gabriel Guerrero - Albums

Feyas, Gabriel Guerrero - Albums | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
A dazzling pyrotechnician and accomplished composer, Colombian pianist Gabriel Guerrero incorporates rhythms from his native country into the fabric of thoughtful originals like the percolating “Hope,” the elegantly swinging “Ritual,” and...
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Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Doggett - JazzWax

Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Doggett - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

By the fall of 1961, Ella Fitzgerald's recordings were sounding a bit processed and predictable. Throughout the late 1950s and into the very early '60s, the singer's studio sessions were becoming cookie-cutter—a Los Angeles studio and arrangements by Hollywood stalwarts Nelson Riddle, Billy May and Frank De Vol. But then in January 1962, Fitzgerald recorded one of her finest albums—Rhythm Is My Business (Verve), a session arranged by organist Bill Doggett and recorded in New York. [Photo above of Ella Fitzgerald in 1962 by Ian Wright]

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Jazz Articles: Mosaic to Release 8 New Boxed Sets - By Jeff Tamarkin — Jazz Articles

Jazz Articles: Mosaic to Release 8 New Boxed Sets - By Jeff Tamarkin — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Mosaic Records will release eight new boxed sets of reissued albums culled from the Sony Records catalog. The multi-disc packages will feature between four and 19 CDs each, most housed in replicas of the original album artwork. The sets will be available June 12. They are: 

Dave Brubeck—The Complete Columbia Albums 1955-66
(19 CDs) $149.98
Bonus tracks are included. The booklet includes full discographical info, rare photos and liner notes.

Paul Desmond—The Complete RCA Albums

(6 CDs) $49.98
Includes a stand-alone booklet with full discographical info, rare in-studio photos and new liner notes. Includes 24 bonus tracks. Included are Desmond Blue (1961), Take Ten (1963), Bossa Antigua (1964), Glad To Be Unhappy (1963-1965) , Easy Living (1963-1965) , Two Of A Mind w/ Gerry Mulligan (1962)

Stan Getz—The Complete Columbia Albums
(8 CDs) $69.98
Covers the period 1972-1979, most produced by Getz himself. Booklet with full discographical info, photos and liner notes. Albums included: Captain Marvel (1972), The Best of Two Worlds w/Joao Gilberto (1975), The Master (1975), The Peacocks w/Jimmy Rowles (1975), Another World, Children of the World, Forest Eyes (CBS Holland). Bonus Disc includes selections from Woody Herman’s Carnegie Hall 40th Anniversary Concert, Montreux Summit and Havana Jam.

Dexter Gordon— The Complete Columbia Albums
(7 CDs) $69.98
Six albums on seven CDs. The booklet includes full discographical info, rare photos and liner notes. Albums included: Homecoming: Live At The Village Vanguard (2 CDs, 1976), Sophisticated Giant (1977), Manhattan Symphonie (1978), Live At Carnegie Hall (1978), Gotham City (1980). Bonus Tracks include a new compilation disc of bonus material from Montreux Summit and Havana Jam.

Billie Holiday—Lady Day: The Complete Columbia 1933-44
(10 CDs) $109.98
This 10-CD set contains all 153 songs recorded by Holiday for Vocalion, Brunswick, Columbia and OKeh between 1933 and ’42. Most were recorded under her or Teddy Wilson's leadership with all-star small groups that include Ben Webster, Lester Young, Chu Berry, Benny Goodman, Bunny Berigan, Roy Eldridge and Buck Clayton, among others. Programmed at the end of the set are the 69 surviving alternate takes and eight rarities. These recordings have been newly transferred in 24 bit from metal parts, shellac and lacquers.

Woody Shaw—The Complete Columbia Albums
(6 CDs) $49.98
The booklet includes full discographical info, rare photos, and liner notes. Albums included: Rosewood (1977), Stepping Stones (1978), a disc of previously unissued Stepping Stones bonus tracks, Woody III (1979), For Sure! (1979) and United (1981).

Wayne Shorter—The Complete Columbia Albums
(6 CDs) $32.98
The most complete package to date of Wayne Shorter’s Columbia albums. Four original albums plus two bonus discs of Shorter compositions by Weather Report. Nearly 20 years of his greatest electric solo and co-leader performances of his own compositions.

Nina Simone—The Complete RCA Albums
(9 CDs) $74.98
Seven of the nine albums are fully re-mastered for the first time in the U.S. by Mark Wilder. All albums feature bonus tracks, a total of 35 in all. Stand-alone booklet includes full discographical info, rare in-studio photos and liner notes.

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Jazz Reviews: The Lost 1974 SessionsPeter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants - By Thomas Conrad — Jazz Articles

Jazz Reviews: The Lost 1974 SessionsPeter Appleyard and the Jazz Giants - By Thomas Conrad — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

What fun. We are in a recording studio in the middle of the night in Toronto in 1974. Vibraphonist Peter Appleyard has just played a concert at the Ontario Place Forum with fellow Benny Goodman sidemen Zoot Sims, Bobby Hackett, Urbie Green, Hank Jones, Slam Stewart and Mel Lewis. After the show, they all go to RCA Studios, order in some Chinese food and “a few bottles of wine,” and, between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., lay down some tracks.

Everyone sounds sublimely mellow but still alert. The tapes have been in storage for 38 years. For this release, Appleyard left in the false starts, outtakes and studio banter. (“I’ll go first, you take two, then we jam it up.”) We are eavesdropping on a lost moment in time, rescued from the shadows of history.

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System of a Down's Serj Tankian Readies New Solo, Jazz ...

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Serj Tankian's day planner is getting plenty of ink these days. The veteran vocalist not only has a new solo album and another batch of shows with System of. “I’ve done a jazz record that we’re so far calling ‘Jazziz Christ.’ I was trying to figure out a way to piss off both the jazz purists and the religious right in the same title.” Tankian also says he shot everything he did last year with HD cameras mounted to his head for a point-of-view perception for the viewer. “We’re also kind of trying to figure out if we want to do a TV thing with that or a film,” explained the singer.

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