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Clare Fischer Orchestra - Extension (Pacific Jazz, 1963; International Phonograph, 2012)

Clare Fischer Orchestra - Extension (Pacific Jazz, 1963; International Phonograph, 2012) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Pianist and composer Clare Fischer had paid his dues working with a vocal group along with trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Donald Byrd before recording two trio albums for Pacific Jazz.
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Appreciations: Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (1986)

Appreciations: Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (1986) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

I’m not going to tell you, in the wake of Adam “MCA” Yauch’s death on Friday, that I was a huge Beastie Boys fan. The truth is, I haven’t thought about them in years. But for people of a certain age, and I happen to be of that age, the act’s 1986 breakthrough album Licensed to Ill is certainly a musical milestone. Pretty much everyone that I knew had and loved the record, and I’m guessing that just about everyone of my generation, fan or not, had at least one memory run through their heads when they heard the new.

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Jazz Profiles: Chet Baker With A Song In His Heart

From obscurity to status among the jazz public as a more popular trumpet player than Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, and as a singer the equal of Nat King Cole. All in the space of slightly more than a year.” ...
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Jazz Reviews: Book Review: ‘Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man’ - By Matt R. Lohr — Jazz Articles

Jazz Reviews: Book Review: ‘Antonio Carlos Jobim: An Illuminated Man’ - By Matt R. Lohr — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Sensitively translated from the Portuguese by Dario Borim Jr., this hyper-specific emphasis on the minutiae of Brazilian flora, fauna and meteorology sometimes threatens to pull An Illuminated Man’s focus from the musician himself, but Helena’s close connection to the subject of her biography ultimately results in an unusually insightful and, yes, illuminating portrait of a genius of pride, earthiness and deep connection to the heart from which his music flowed. The author hits all the points one looks for in a biography of a musical legend: the early days slugging it out in Rio de Janeiro nightclubs; the slow but steady rise of Jobim’s reputation as a composer of musical romantic fantasies; his crucial creative relationships with artists like poet/lyricist Vicinius de Moraes and Frank Sinatra, arguably the most celebrated American interpreter of Jobim’s music.

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South African jazz reborn on harmonica - AFP

South African jazz reborn on harmonica - AFP | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
AFPSouth African jazz reborn on harmonicaAFPBy Claudine Renaud (AFP) – 2 hours ago CAPE TOWN — Adam Glasser has forged his career in jazz by re-interpreting classics from his native South Africa on his chromatic harmonica, a surprisingly challenging...
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@CriticalJazz: John Yao Quintet In The Now Innova 2012

@CriticalJazz: John Yao Quintet In The Now Innova 2012 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

A smooth jazz guitarist once told me an artist should only be as creative as they feel the need to be. While the much maligned jazz sub genre is still taking some hits the message would seem to be clear in that the depth of passion or in some cases lack thereof is up to the artist to translate as they see fit. In short, play in the moment. More passion and less academia.

 

The debut release from the John Yao Quintet is more than the start of an artistic odyssey for Yao. In The Now is a magnificent musical display of the passion of not just creating music in the moment but is a look at the development and application of the creative process of a incredible young talent and his horn. A sonic smorgasbord of hard charging post bop smokers to lyrically captivating ballads has In The Now as one of the true sleepers of 2012!

 


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CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (#251)

CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (#251) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
This set is expected to be released late May/early June a€oeAlmost all of the recordings Hawkins made throughout a 45 year period were outstanding examples of improvisation, but among them were masterpieces by which all jazz tenor saxophone...
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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Before they were playing jazz festivals all over the world, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band honed their skills in a small bar called the Glass House in one of New Orleans’ toughest neighborhoods.
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Jazz Columns: Duke Ellington & George Wein: Civilizing New Orleans - By Tom Reney — Jazz Articles

Jazz Columns: Duke Ellington & George Wein: Civilizing New Orleans - By Tom Reney — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Here’s a timely bit of audio for Duke Ellington's 113th birthday anniversary today: Duke’s appearance at the 1970 New Orleans Jazz Festival and Louisiana Heritage Fair. It was the third annual jazz festival in New Orleans, but the first that George Wein produced under the Jazz & Heritage banner, and for the occasion Ellington was commissioned to write a new work, The New Orleans Suite. The audio file from Wolfgang's Vault includes only the suite’s opening movement, “Blues for New Orleans,” a showcase for Johnny Hodges and organist Wild Bill Davis. Ellington was notorious for completing new works minutes before deadline, but it would seem that most of the suite must have been ready at the time of the festival appearance on April 25 since its recording for Atlantic Records was completed only 18 days later on May 13. Then again, maybe not.

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Bobby Broom's New Trio CD,

Bobby Broom's New Trio CD, | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Bobby Broom's New Trio CD, Upper West Side Story, is the guitarist’s tenth album in as many years—the culmination of a golden period of prolific creativity and steady artistic growth. Five of those recordings have featured his jazz trio with bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins, who’ve worked as a unit since 1997. Origin Records, Broom’s longtime label, will release the CD on May 15....

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Giuffre

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Giuffre - jazz industry news at All About Jazz... Giuffre was the arranger behind Woody Herman's Four Brothers, his folk-jazz band of the 1950s is still woefully underappreciated, and his avant-garde projects of later years are rightfully cited as landmarks.

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Louis Armstrong’s memorable National Press Club performance to be rereleased

Louis Armstrong’s memorable National Press Club performance to be rereleased | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
“Red Beans and Rice-ly Yours: Satchmo at the National Press Club” will be available as a compact disc, on iTunes and from other digital sources.
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Jimmy Wisner: Time and Space

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One of the hot new trends by record companies is going back into label vaults to find superb albums that have been completely forgotten or overlooked. Real Gone Music has been doing a terrific job at mining vinyl—particularly with country, folk and pop recordings from the late '60s and early '70s. Another company busy combing the archives is ABKCO, which has been excavating its Cameo-Parkway label. One of ABKCO's latest releases is Jimmy Wisner: Time and Space—a jazz-pop album of tracks by a pianist who is virtually unknown today.

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IF I COULD WRITE A BOOK … An Upcoming Jazz Book Release ...

IF I COULD WRITE A BOOK … An Upcoming Jazz Book Release ... | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Jazz blogger colleague & Wall Street Journal writer Marc Myers announces the upcoming release (December 2012) of his book WHY JAZZ HAPPENED in his recent Weekend Jazz Wax Bits column.

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“In the book, I write about the history of jazz between 1942 and 1972—but with a twist. Instead of approaching jazz history solely from the music’s perspective, I have identified 10 non-jazz events that played the biggest roles in changing jazz’s direction.

I also explain why jazz styles emerged and flourished when they did as a result of these events.”
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Best Live Jazz Recordings: The Best of the Rest

Best Live Jazz Recordings: The Best of the Rest | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

This article concludes my series on The Best Live Jazz Recordings that has appeared episodically over the past year. The present installment addresses "the best of the rest," those recordings voted on by the All About Jazz writership but falling just below the cut for inclusion in the original top ten list. This a baker's dozen of recorded Live Jazz that certainly demands to be heard.

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Sacha Distel: Guitarist-Singer - JazzWax

Sacha Distel: Guitarist-Singer - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
French and Belgian jazz musicians from the 1950s aren't given nearly as much credit in the U.S. as they deserve. The same is true for British jazz musicians. Ask most Americans to name their favorite European jazz artists from the period and they'll likely run dry after a handful—usually Toots Thielemans, Tubby Hayes, Bobby Jaspar, Martial Solal and maybe René Urtreger. There were plenty more greats, of course, including guitarist Sacha Distel....
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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kevin Hays

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Kevin Hays | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
All About Jazz is celebrating Kevin Hays' birthday today!
Pianist/Composer Kevin Hays has recorded 10 CDs as a leader and is featured on dozens of recordings with a variety of leading Jazz artists.
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Jazz Musician of the Day: Richard "Groove" Holmes

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All About Jazz is celebrating Richard “Groove" Holmes' birthday today!
Richard Arnold “Groove" Holmes, Born Richard Arnold Jackson (Camden, New Jersey) was a jazz organist who performed in the hard bop and soul jazz genre. He is best known for his 1965 recording of “Misty," and is considered a precursor of acid jazz. Holmes burst onto the music scene in the early 1960s (his first album, on Pacific Jazz with guest Ben Webster was recorded in March 1961).
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Coleman Hawkins - PICASSO

"PICASSO" (Coleman Randolph Hawkins) Hawkins (unaccompanied ts) Recorded 1948...

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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Percy Heath

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Percy Heath | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
All About Jazz is celebrating Percy Heath's birthday today!
The American jazz musician and bassist with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Percy Heath, began his musical apprenticeship in 1946, after Air Force service.
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The Jazz Session » The Jazz Session #367: Chris Brubeck

The Jazz Session » The Jazz Session #367: Chris Brubeck | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Chris Brubeck’s latest CD is Live At Zankel Music Center with his band Triple Play. In this interview, conducted at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, Brubeck talks about his orchestral compositions; how he gets inside the lives of the people he writes music about; the history of the band Triple Play; and writing music with his father, Dave Brubeck. Learn more at chrisbrubeck.com and follow him on Twitter at @ChrisBrubeck.

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Documentary: Julie London

Documentary: Julie London | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Singer Julie London was the first video vocalist. I don't mean that she was the first to appear in film. Plenty of others came before her. But she was the first to fully understand how to use the camera to enhance her delivery and capture hearts.
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Meditations on Mingus’ 90th - By Tom Reney

Meditations on Mingus’ 90th - By Tom Reney | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

The closest I ever came to meeting Charles Mingus was when I followed him up the stairs of the Jazz Workshop in Boston on a wintry Sunday afternoon. He’d just finished his matinee set, and as he headed out to Boylston Street in a belted, butterscotch-brown leather coat, he slipped on the icy sidewalk. My friend Nic and I made a quick grab for his arms to keep him from going down, and once the startled Mingus righted himself, he offered us a nervous thank you. The ensuing moment did not seem right for an adoring line of introduction from either of us, so we moved on. I would see Mingus several times more in concert, but that was the closest I got to the great musician in person.

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Sarah Vaughan: Hollywood, 1978 - JazzWax

Sarah Vaughan: Hollywood, 1978 - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Whenever Johnny Carson took a vacation or needed a break from The Tonight Show, comedians often subbed for him. Here, in early 1978, Bob Newhart sits in and introduces Sarah Vaughan, who sings Marcos Valle's If You Went Away, from her I Love Brazil album....

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