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Detroit Jazz Festival 2012 Headliners Include Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny

Detroit Jazz Festival 2012 Headliners Include Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
This Labor Day weekend, the 33rd annual Detroit Jazz Festival will sound off on Detroit's riverfront with an all-star line up. The roster for the free event, which runs from Aug. 31 through Sept.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Henderson

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All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Henderson's birthday today!

The tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson was born on April 24, 1937 in a small city called Lima Ohio midway between Dayton and Toledo. So many tenor saxophonists who came of age in the 1960s adapted heavily from both Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, but none exceeded the success that Joe Henderson had in forging his own inimitable style from two such familiar influences. Henderson’s “inside-outside” approach was nuanced enough to bring vitality to tender ballads and abrasive enough to set more dynamic songs afire.

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Child prodigy just keeps on improving with age

Over the past five years, Twin Cities jazz fans have had a chance to watch the development of one of the genre's most highly regarded young prodigies: 19-year old saxophonist, singer, composer and arranger Grace Kelly, who returned to town Sunday,...
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Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Jazz Samba's 50th Birthday | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd's album Jazz Samba, which launched the bossa nova craze in the United States, celebrates its 50th anniversary this month.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Mingus

Jazz Musician of the Day: Charles Mingus | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer. Born on a military base in Nogales, Arizona in 1922 and raised in Watts, California, his earliest musical influences came from the church-- choir and group singing-- and from “hearing Duke Ellington over the radio when [he] was eight years old...One of the most important figures in twentieth century American music, Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Esbjorn Svensson

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Esbjorn Svensson - jazz industry news at All About Jazz...e.s.t. is a phenomenon: A jazz trio, which sees itself as a pop band that plays jazz, which broke with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favor of equality within its members, which not only plays jazz- venues but also venues usually reserved for rock bands, which uses light effects and fog-machines in their live shows, which gets a whole audience to sing-a-long with jazz-standards as eg. Thelonious Monk\'s “Bemsha Swing".
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Jazz activists aim to get Coltrane's house in order

Music enthusiasts in the City of Brotherly Love are looking to rekindle a love supreme for the deteriorating John Coltrane House, a preservation effort that mirrors a broader mission to reclaim and promote Philadelphia's rich jazz heritage.
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Catherine Russell: A Swing-Jazz Singer Emerges

Catherine Russell: A Swing-Jazz Singer Emerges | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

As the daughter of pianist Luis Russell (musical director for trumpet legend Louis Armstrong) and 96-year-old string bassist/gospel vocalist Carline Ray, Russell extricated the evening's historical information from her father's steamer trunk in a box marked “Louis Armstrong."

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerry Mulligan

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All About Jazz is celebrating Gerry Mulligan's birthday today! Mulligan is among the most versatile figures in modern jazz. Although slow to develop as an instrumentalist, he has long been recognized as the most important baritone saxophonist in jazz since Harry Carney.

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Jazz The World Forgot-Jazz Classics of the 1920′s-Early Roots And Branches Of Jazz Volume 1 and Volume 2

Jazz The World Forgot-Jazz Classics of the 1920′s-Early Roots And Branches Of Jazz Volume 1 and Volume 2 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Twenty-three rare tracks that deserve to be rediscovered. Collectors will want them and music fans looking into the roots of Jazz will also want to explore them. There are some familiar names but all are worth exploring.

Highlights include: “Mojo Strut”-Pickett-Parham Apollo Syncopators, “Kansas City Stomps”-Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers, “While You’re Sneaking Out (Someone Is Eazin’ In)”-George McClennon’s Jazz Devils and “Mabel’s Dream”-King Oliver’s Jazz Band.

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The Jazz Session #361: Myra Melford

The Jazz Session #361: Myra Melford | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Pianist Myra Melford’s most recent recording is The Guest House (Yellowbird Records, 2012) with her collective band Trio M, featuring Matt Wilson and Mark Dresser.
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Duets: Hines, Byard and Wilson - JazzWax

Duets: Hines, Byard and Wilson - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
It's easy to forget what great jazz piano sounds like. Here's Earl "Fatha" Hines in three different duet settings—with Jaki Byard, Teddy Wilson and, well, himself... Cherry... All of Me... Memories of You...
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Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog: Marc Rossi Group, Mantra Revealed

Gapplegate Guitar and Bass Blog: Marc Rossi Group, Mantra Revealed | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Marc Rossi has a take on Indian-influenced fusion that is thoroughgoingly sophisticated, eminently musical and well put-together. His Marc Rossi Group recording Mantra Revealed (Innova 816) gives us much to experience, admire, and enjoy. It's a core group of Marc on keys, Lance Van Lenten on tenor and soprano, Bill Urmson on electric bass, and Mauricio Zottarelli on drums and percussion. They are joined in important cameo roles by vocalist Geetha Ramanathan Bennett, and the guitars of Prasanna and Bruce Arnold.

 

This is the sort of fusion that derives its principal thrust from the compositional-arranging prowess of Mr. Rossi. The finely enthusiastic performances in general and the appropriate idiomatic solos from tenor, piano, vocals and guitars give the music depth and drive.

 

"Jazz Impression of a Kriti" starts off the program with great strength, taking an Indian Kriti (Carnatic compositional element) and transforming it into a well turned fused onslaught in ten with some remarkable guitar work by Prasanna, who plays a nuanced solo that is both informed by traditional Indian phrasing and blazes beyond it into a realm where it mixes with rock and jazz in a post-McLaughlin fashion. The two following pieces pit the limber vocals of Ms. Bennett with some sterling fused-ensemble writing.

 

The album continues on with an interesting cornucopia of ornate fusion compositions that bring in at times various well-conceived indo-fused elements, as well as Afro-jazz and a hint of Brazilian jazz. The second half of the album generally excels in the architectural intricacy of the melody lines, rhythmically heightened solo work and heavily burnished ensemble work. Bruce Arnold and Bill Urmson stand out for their work on "New Beginnings." "Sahara" has a Tyner-Sanders feel to it, grooves nicely and highlights some rather scorching Van Lenten soprano.

 

"Voice of 1000 Colors" has a very attractive Afro-Reichian beginning then segues to fused bossa. "Vertical Fantasy on 'You Know You Know'" gives Rossi a chance to comment upon, embellish and give his improvisational impressions of the classic McLaughlin line.

 

"Feast or Famine" ends the program on a nicely turned modulatory fusion mode.

 

In the end there are spots of sheer brilliance in the Indo-fused introductory pieces and then some very well wrought mainstream fusion in the following pieces. Rossi is a composer-arranger of great promise and definite talent. The performers give their all (which is a goodly sum) and you go away feeling happy. What more can you ask? Indo-fusologists will love the first half of this program; general fusicologists will appreciate it all I suspect. I reveled in the first half; enjoyed the second.


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Scofield/Brookmeyer duet

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In 1981, guitarist John Scofield received a phone call at his hotel in the Netherlands while touring with his band. On the other line was a local TV-show producer. He needed a sub to play with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer that night on a show. John jumped at the chance.

The result of that appearance is below and features Bob and John performing Moonlight in Vermont as a duet. Listen to what Bob does with the melody and where he goes with the lines. Listen for the traps he creates while taking creative risks—and how he turns the tables on them to produce completely new melody lines. And dig John's tender fusion voicings that are both distinct and supportive...

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Erroll Garner: London, 1964 - JazzWax

Erroll Garner: London, 1964 - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

I'm on the road this week for the Wall Street Journal. Which is neither here nor there when it comes to why you're here at JazzWax now. So, I can think of no better way to start the week than with 35 minutes of Erroll Garner, filmed in London in 1964. In jazz, there are pianists. And there is Erroll Garner. That's Eddie Calhoun on bass and Kelly Martin on drums. Special thanks to John Cooper for passing along this clip...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Alan Broadbent

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Alan Broadbent has long been a major force behind the scenes in jazz, whether it was accompanying Irene Kral on some of the most exquisite vocal albums ever recorded, contributing arrangements to Natalie Cole or playing piano with Charlie Haden\'s Quartet West.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Alan Broadbent remembers two key moments in his early musical development. . . .

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Wallace Roney: Home

Wallace Roney: Home | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
(High Note)Although he is a stylistic descendant of Miles Davis, Wallace Roney constantly ignores the comfortable part of the legacy. His trumpet work has none of that winsome lyricism that gave Miles his great crossover appeal.
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Chet Baker: New York, 1964 - JazzWax

Chet Baker: New York, 1964 - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

By 1964, Chet Baker was damaged goods. The '50s had been a series of ego flights and emotional letdowns for the trumpeter. The vulnerable and naturally pretty look he had coolly projected at the start of the decade was lifted by Hollywood in the form of James Dean and Montgomery Clift. By 1958, Baker's sensitive-victim look was out, replaced by tough guys like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Burt Lancaster. Even jazz on the West Coast had lifted much of his moody, melodic style.

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Dedication - Prism Quartet | AllMusic

Dedication - Prism Quartet | AllMusic | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

With one exception, Matthew Levy's set of Three Miniatures (which marks a kind of interlude), all of the short pieces on this album were commissioned by the PRISM saxophone quartet in commemoration of its 20th anniversary in 2004. As such, the album marks a little survey in miniature of the state of concert music at that time, at least setting aside the spheres of electronic music and of tonal neo-Romantic crowd-pleasers. You could buy it with that in mind rather than out of sheer admiration for this crack ensemble, who have done for saxophones what the Kronos Quartet did for strings. Yet the range of music only goes to show how versatile the group is, and in the end the album is a virtuoso display. Consider the controlled violence in a work like Gregory Wanamaker's speed metal organum blues (which sounds just about like you might expect from the title), the peppy cross rhythms of Jennifer Higdon's Bop, the humor of Frank J. Oteri's four-movement Fair and Balanced?, and the lyricism of Adam B. Silverman's Just a Minute, Chopin, for starters: all of these little works receive committed, precise performances, and there really are few dull moments on the entire 26-item program. Fans of funk-jazz saxophonist Greg Osby may be interested purely because of the alternate versions of his Prism #1 (Refraction), on which he joins the PRISM quartet. Highly recommended.


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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bessie Smith

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Bessie Smith | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

All About Jazz is celebrating Bessie Smith's birthday today!
"Empress of the Blues" She embodied the meaning of the blues, living the life she sang about. Bessie Smith set the standard for blues singers on how it should be done.

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Jared Gold - Golden Child (Posi-Tone, 2012)

Jared Gold - Golden Child (Posi-Tone, 2012) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
The trio of organ, guitar and drums is one of the standard formation of trios in jazz and organist Jared Gold is a rising star on that competitive scene. On this album, he is accompanied by guitarist Ed Cherry and drummer Quincy Davis.
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WISE WORDS and HOT MUSIC from THE MASTER: HENRY “RED” ALLEN SPEAKS, 1966

Courtesy of Franz Hoffmann — here’s an excerpt from a 1966 BBC radio documentary tracing Henry “Red” Allen’s life, music, and friends — in this case, Eddie Condon and Fats Waller...

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Herb Jeffries in Action

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Before Billy Eckstine, Johnny Harman, Earl Coleman and virtually all modern, romantic baritones was Herb Jeffries. A movie cowboy in the '30s, Jeffries began his singing career with Earl Hines but made his mark as a balladeer with Duke Ellington.
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The Shakuhachi Jazz Of Minoru Muraoka : NPR

The Shakuhachi Jazz Of Minoru Muraoka : NPR | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Hear five haunting songs from the late '60s to early '70s. We file them under jazz only by default. . . . One of the records was Minoru Muraoka's Bamboo. I'd not come across Muraoka's name in any of my searches, so I listened patiently to the koto (a stringed instrument similar to a zither) introduction to "The Positive and the Negative." A rolling bass line set the stage for funky-enough drums that soon gave way to Muraoka's shakuhachi, or bamboo flute. A cascading koto sat in for chicken-scratched guitar. "What in the hell do you call this?" I asked. "Shakuhachi Jazz," Ogawa replied, with an "Isn't it obvious?" air. He then sheepishly admitted that the album wasn't for sale, as Muraoka's discography was extensive and his records were rare.

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Mary Stallings Spirituality In Jazz

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A lot of artists are unsettled on principle; they are driven by the unreasonable idea that there’s something they ought to do or can’t do. The jazz singer Mary Stallings, a San Francisco Bay Area native, is in her early 70s and undiminished; she sounds like someone who knows and likes the precise dimension of her talent.

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