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The Jazz Session » The Jazz Session #358: Billy Hart

The Jazz Session » The Jazz Session #358: Billy Hart | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Drummer Billy Hart’s new CD is All Our Reasons (ECM, 2012). In this interview, Hart talks about the “European sound” of this band; what he looks for in bandmates and why this band fits his needs so well; and what he believes powered Coltrane’s musical explorations. Learn more at billyhartmusic.com.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: James Moody

Jazz Musician of the Day: James Moody | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
All About Jazz is celebrating James Moody's birthday today!

For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody has serenaded lovers with his signature song Moody's Mood for Love an improvisation on the chord progressions of I'm in the Mood for Love. Moody was also Dizzy Gillespie's right hand man through much of the 1950s & 60s. Good Smithsonian site on Moody: http://blog.americanhistory.si.edu/osaycanyousee/2011/03/moody-and-dizzy-side-by-side.html

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Stefon Harris

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stefon Harris | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as “one of the most important young artists in jazz" (The Los Angeles Times). He is unquestionably developing what will be a long and extraordinary career. Stefon Harris\' passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him into the forefront of the current jazz scene. widely recognized and lauded by both his peers and jazz critics alike...

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JazzSnap: Anita O'Day (c. 1945) - JazzWax

JazzSnap: Anita O'Day (c. 1945) - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Here's singer Anita O'Day with the Gene Krupa Orchestra at New York's Capitol Theater, circa 1945. The trombonist is Leon Cox. This snapshot comes from Betty's fabulous collection of photos, sent along by her friend Chris.
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Jazz Musician of the Day: George Benson

Jazz Musician of the Day: George Benson | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
All About Jazz is celebrating George Benson's birthday today!

Appreciated as both musician and performer by millions, George Benson has always had the duel personae of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer. He has always placed his keenly discerning art in the service of a rousing good time. Rounding out his singular approach with sly, seductive rhythm and blues, he\'s earned himself an impeccable reputation as one of music\'s most enterprising and engaging stars...

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Jazz Profiles: Philly Joe Jones - A Jazz Drummer Remembered

This track is from Phineas' A World of Piano! [Original Jazz Classics OJCCD-175-2/Contemporary-S-7600]. Philly Joe trades eight-bar breaks with Phineas at 2:03 and 2:15 before beginning his own solo at 2:47. Checkout the big-band-styled "shout chorus" at 3:36 before Phineas comes back in to take the tune out at 4:02.

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Count Basie and Harold Jones

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When talk turns to Basie's drummers, the focus often is on Jo Jones and Sonny Payne. And for good reason. Both were giants. But Harold Jones also was a tremendous beat-keeping Basie-ite.
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Clark Terry: Not Just A Jazz Jester

Clark Terry: Not Just A Jazz Jester | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

From a new series, Kevin Whitehead reviews a pair of '60s LPs from the distinctive trumpeter: Writing about Clark Terry in the past, I've grumbled that this great and distinctive trumpeter had long been stereotyped as a pixie-ish jazz jester. There's more range and deep blues feeling to his sound than that. It wasn't all sweetness when he was growing up poor in St. Louis, touring in the Deep South before WWII or breaking the color line with TV orchestras in 1960. He talks about all that in his recent autobiography Clark, one of those jazz books brimming with good stories. Still, he did make a record called The Happy Horns of Clark Terry, one on which his dexterity and high spirits ran together — even at low volume.

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Herbie Hancock launches International Jazz Day (April 30)

NEW YORK (AP) — Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy.The renowned jazz pianist’s first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April 30 of every year. That date coincides with the last day of what has been celebrated as Jazz Appreciation Month in the U.S.

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The Full Monty: Celebrating 50 Years of Monty Alexander

The Full Monty: Celebrating 50 Years of Monty Alexander | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

For two weeks in late winter of this year at the Blue Note Jazz Club, pianist and bandleader Monty Alexander celebrated 50 years as an entertainer. He invited dear friends from his native Jamaica to the jazz world to help bring in this monumental occasion.

For two weeks in late winter of this year at the Blue Note Jazz Club, pianist and bandleader Monty Alexander celebrated 50 years as an entertainer. He invited dear friends from his native Jamaica to the jazz world to help bring in this monumental occasion.

Monty isn’t just a well accomplished jazz pianist but he’s also one of the most respected and well sought reggae musicians in his native Jamaica. Recording and performing with many reggae artists like Ernest Ranglin, Sly and Robbie, and Beres Hammond....

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Terence Blanchard to lead Detroit Symphony series

Terence Blanchard to lead Detroit Symphony series | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Orchestra officials say Blanchard will make special guest appearances, serve as a host and at times perform with featured artists. His first appearance at Orchestra Hall in his role will be May 4 for a tribute to the musical relationship between jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo.

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Jazz-inspired painter Ellen Priest has show at Yale Institute of Sacred Music

Jazz-inspired painter Ellen Priest has show at Yale Institute of Sacred Music | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Abstract painter Ellen Priest, whose works are inspired by jazz, will be exhibiting “Improvising on Jazz: Ellen Priest’s Paintings on Collaged Paper,” works based on the Freddie Hubbard “Up Jumped Spring” classic jazz waltz, along with studies for other works, Tuesday through June 26 at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, 409 Prospect St., New Haven. Priest will talk about her technique March 29 at a reception starting at 4:30 p.m. in the ISM Great Hall.

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Jazzwomen: Conversations With Twenty-One Musicians

Jazzwomen: Conversations With Twenty-One Musicians | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Jazzwomen: Conversations With Twenty-One Musicians -Women have been active in jazz since its earliest days, but men have been remained the dominant figures throughout its history. While some performers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald managed to achieve legendary status comparable to their male counterparts, many others have not received the recognition they deserve. With the publication of Jazzwomen , however, Wayne Enstice and Janis Stockhouse allow a few more women to step into the spotlight. Hopefully this is an indication of changing times.

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Count Basie: Rock and Soul - JazzWax

Count Basie: Rock and Soul - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
The 1960s was a decade of reverse transition for Count Basie. When his Roulette contract ended in 1962, Basie signed with Reprise and began recording a series of swinging albums with Frank Sinatra. By decade's end, Basie was moving back...
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Documentary: Jimmy Smith - JazzWax

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In November 1965, organist Jimmy Smith traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, to begin a multi-city concert tour with guitarist Quentin Warren and drummer Billy Hart. Along for the ride was a West German TV camera crew, which wound up catching quite a bit of Smith's edgy personality. Watch for cameos by attorney Clarence Avant as well as fleeting appearances by engineer Rudy Van Gelder and producer Creed Taylor at the December 16, 1965 Got My Mojo Working recording session for Verve.

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WHAT COLOR IS THE MUSIC? WHAT ETHNICITY IS JAZZ?

WHAT COLOR IS THE MUSIC?  WHAT ETHNICITY IS JAZZ? | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

This open letter from the young singer Julia Keefe is, I think, a very gracious way to discuss an uncomfortable subject.  Since Miss Keefe is not in any way polemical, I might take the opportunity for a few lines. When I was on the hiring committee at my college, we were instructed and encouraged — in the name of fairness, diversity, and equity — to ask ourselves “Who’s missing?” when we considered our prospective candidates. In this context, I believe that the answer to that question can properly begin with the name MILDRED BAILEY at the head of the list. I know that the late Richard M. Sudhalter and Hoagy Carmichael would agree with me.

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Thelonious Monk in His Prime: Copenhagen, 1966

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On April 17, 1966, Thelonious Monk performed a special half-hour set for a television program in Copenhagen, Denmark. The footage captures Monk in his prime. His quartet features the classic lineup of Charlie Rouse on tenor saxophone, Larry Gales on Bass and Ben Riley on Drums. They play three songs, beginning with an 18-minute version of “Lulu’s Back in Town,” from the 1964 album It’s Monk’s Time.

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Portrait of a Scientist as a Jazz Musician

Portrait of a Scientist as a Jazz Musician | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
After dance and science, we turn to the soul-feeding realm of jazz. This article will introduce a jazz-scientist, and explore parallels and commonalities between the creative worlds of jazz and science, in the context of creativity and innovation.

Rob Schneiderman came to mathematics from jazz. It was not a straight line. He spent his teens playing jazz, then moved to New York to become a professional jazz musician. In his leisure time, Rob and his friends liked to get together to discuss (what else?) Einstein, physics, and the meaning of the universe. Which took him to learning calculus on his own (literally buying books on the streets), so he could expand his understanding. From learning jazz, he understood that mastering a skill necessitates hard work and continuous practice. He applied the same zeal towards mathematics.

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Music and More: Progressive South African Jazz- Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun Records, recorded 1979, released 2011)

Music and More: Progressive South African Jazz- Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun Records, recorded 1979, released 2011) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Louis Moholo-Moholo, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani with Frank Wright - Spiritual Knowledge and Grace (Ogun Records, recorded 1979, released 2011)
The Blue Notes were a great integrated jazz band who fled to Europe to escape the ravages of apartheid. In the summer of 1979, the band was scheduled to tour Holland with the first stop in Eindhoven. Consisting of Louis Moholo-Moholo on drums and vocals, Dudu Pukwana on saxophone, piano and vocals and and Johnny Dyani on bass, piano and vocals, their final member, pianist Chris McGregor wasn't able to make the gig due to transportation delays. So the group improvised and started the party without him, picking up American free jazz icon Frank Wright and having a good old fashioned blowout.

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LondonJazz: Mondrian and Jazz

LondonJazz: Mondrian and Jazz | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

The Courtauld's excellent one-day conference, based around the exhibition Mondrian and Nicholson In Parallel , opened with a fascinating paper by Hans Janssen, from the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, on 'Rhythm in Nature and Art', focussing on Mondrian's art, and his interest in jazz and experimental music.

Mondrian, it emerged, was an keen attendee at cultural events and exhibition openings, in Amsterdam, Paris (in the 20s and 30s), London (1938-40) and New York (1940-44) and was much more sociable and gregarious than his somewhat severe paintings and buttoned-up outward appearance would suggest.

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Mick Taylor to Play the Iridium with Purdie & Middleton

Mick Taylor to Play the Iridium with Purdie & Middleton | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

At the Iridium, Mr. Taylor will play two shows a night from May 9 through May 14 with a band of seasoned studio professionals from the jazz and funk realms: keyboardist Max Middleton, bassist Wilbur Bascomb, drummer Bernard Purdie and guitarist Jon Paris. On the last night of the series, he will be joined by the Les Paul Trio.

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Jazz Online Q&A: George Duke | Jazz Online

Jazz Online Q&A: George Duke | Jazz Online | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
One of the most versatile players in jazz is George Duke. Whether he is playing in a straight ahead trio context or backing a vocalist or playing funk or producing, George is just one of those musical genius types that can comfortably fit in anywhere.

Although he has had great success in a lot of crossover projects, I think he shines brightest in a standard trio environment with piano, bass and drums. As you will read in this Q&A, his story is fascinating and he is a truly one of the most unique and positive musical souls you will ever meet. - JV

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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Marian McPartland

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Marian McPartland | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
All About Jazz is celebrating Marian McPartland's birthday today!
Marian McPartland has made jazz piano duets into something of an art form. Sure, it\'s been done before, but not very often.
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Music and More: John Coltrane - Afro Blue Impressions (Pablo 1977, 1994, Japanese remaster 2004)

Music and More: John Coltrane - Afro Blue Impressions (Pablo 1977, 1994, Japanese remaster 2004) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Originally recorded during the "classic quartet's" 1963 tour of Europe, the release remained unissued until 1977, and then was subsequently re-issued on domestic compact disc in 1994, before being remastered in Japan ten years later. With John Coltrane on tenor and soprano saxophone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums, this was one of the most famous bands in jazz history. This Japanese re-mastering clears up the slightly muddy sound of the previous issue, leaving a clear record of a great band in full flight.

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Jim Holman - Explosion! (Delmark, 2012)

Jim Holman - Explosion! (Delmark, 2012) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Jim Holman is an excellent up an coming piano player with a fine touch on the instrument and an impeccable knack of picking great songs to cover.
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