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Von Freeman, Chicago jazz musician, dies

Von Freeman, Chicago jazz musician, dies | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Revered around the world but never a major star, worshipped by critics and connoisseurs but perpetually strapped for cash, the towering Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman practically went out of his way to avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles Davis phoned Freeman, in the 1950s, looking for a replacement for John Coltrane, Freeman never returned the call.

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Happy Birthday To Jazz Legend Benny Carter!

Happy Birthday To Jazz Legend Benny Carter! | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Harlem-born jazz great Bennett Lester Carter (pictured) was a leading figure in the genre, enjoying one of the lengthiest careers in music ever.  A multi-instrumentalist, Benny Carter would showcase mastery of the saxophone, clarinet, and trumpet. Spanning decades, Carter’s musical legacy began in the 1930s and didn’t officially end until the late ’90s – an impressive run that may never be matched again. Affectionately known as the “King” among his fellow jazz musicians, Carter would go on to inspire and mentor a host of players along the way.

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Sarah Vaughan: Misty in '58 and '64

Sarah Vaughan: Misty in '58 and '64 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
In July 1958, Sarah Vaughan was in Paris on tour with her trio when she took three days off to record Vaughan and Violins (Mercury). There was a full orchestra for the date, complete with woodwinds and strings arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones.
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Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 4)

Interview: Bob Whitlock (Part 4) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
For years, bassist Bob Whitlock has been blamed for getting Chet Baker hooked on heroin in 1952. Bob is named in several books as being the one who set Baker on his ruinous path. The problem is, according to Bob, it's not true.
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WOW! DECEMBER 29, 1940: LESTER YOUNG, SHAD COLLINS, J.C. HIGGINBOTHAM, SAMMY PRICE, HAROLD “DOC” WEST

Here’s the good news.  What many of us have only read about in discographies exists: discs preserving thirty minutes of a Village Vanguard jam session, overseen by Ralph Berton, then broadcasting jazz on the air on New York City’s municipal radio station, WNYC.
And thanks to the Library of Congress, National Public Radio, and the tireless Franz Hoffmann, we can hear two minutes and thirty-six seconds of a jump blues, caught in the middle of Lester’s solo. The sound is good; the discs were well-preserved....
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Jazz Organ's Excitable Child | drax29.info

Jazz Organ's Excitable Child | drax29.info | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Dr. Lonnie Smith has a new one: "At the Jazz Standard he sang, in falsetto, the groove of “Backtrack,” an original composition that opens “The Healer.” This new CD, the first release on his independent label, Pilgrimage Productions, captures the searching ..."

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BOOK/MAGAZINE: New Boston Book Looks Back on a Sparkling Jazz Scene

BOOK/MAGAZINE: New Boston Book Looks Back on a Sparkling Jazz Scene | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Nat Pierce, Joe Gordon, and Charlie Mariano started their careers in Boston. Ita€(TM)s where Nat Hentoff worked as a deejay, George Wein planned the Newport Jazz Festival, and Lawrence Berk started the Berklee School of Music.
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Bill Evans: The Way to Play – review

Bill Evans: The Way to Play – review | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Bill Evans's brilliance as a pianist and influence on a generation of jazz players makes this four-disc set a must, writes Dave Gelly...
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Cream's Jack Bruce, Living Colour's Vernon Reid Talk New Jazz-Fusion Project Spectrum Road

Founding Cream singer/bassist Jack Bruce currently is out on the road with his new jazz-fusion supergroup, Spectrum Road , which also features Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid , Santana drummer Cindy Blackman Santana and avant-jazz keyboardist...
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Jazz Columns: An Archival Interview from 1976 with Gary Burton - By Tom Wilmeth — Jazz Articles

Jazz Columns: An Archival Interview from 1976 with Gary Burton - By Tom Wilmeth — Jazz Articles | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Manfred Eicher would probably cringe to hear it called a “package show.” Perhaps even more insulting to him would have been the term “Battle of the Bands.” But in retrospect, I think that’s exactly what was happening. In 1976, ECM Records put together a concert tour featuring several of its current acts. After individual sets of music from groups led by bassist Eberhard Weber, and by drummer Jack DeJohnette, plus a duo performance from guitarists Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie, the evening concluded with one of the label’s highest profile performers, vibraphonist Gary Burton.

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René Urtréger: Plays Bud Powell

René Urtréger: Plays Bud Powell | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Yesterday I posted on Claude Williamson and two albums he recorded for Capitol in 1954 and '55, making mention of his interpretations of several Bud Powell compositions.
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Coleman Hawkins: 1922-1947 - JazzWax

Coleman Hawkins: 1922-1947 - JazzWax | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Few figures in jazz are as historically important as tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins. While Louis Armstrong forged a radical new solo style in the 1920s, the trumpet giant generally stuck with his ingenious creation for much of his career.
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Hot Club of Detroit - Junction (Mack Avenue, 2012)

Hot Club of Detroit - Junction (Mack Avenue, 2012) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
The Hot Club of Detroit can be viewed as a conservative exploration of the music that evolved in France before the war under the tutelage of legendary musicians like Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
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The Jazz Session #394: Jeff Coffin

The Jazz Session #394: Jeff Coffin | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin’s forthcoming CD with his band the Mu’tet is Into The Air (Ear Up Records, available Sept. 4, 2012). Coffin has had an active career as a bandleader and educator, and also as a member of Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and now the Dave Matthews Band. In this interview, conducted at Coffin’s Nashville home, the saxophonist talks about revelatory experiences with the music of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman

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Ernest McCarty recounts his glory days as bass player for Erroll Garner

Ernest McCarty recounts his glory days as bass player for Erroll Garner | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack DeJohnette

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jack DeJohnette | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Born in Chicago in this day in 1942, Jack De Johnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music\'s greatest drummers. Music appreciation flourished in De Johnette\'s family. He studied classical piano from age four until fourteen before beginning to play drums with his high school concert band.and taking private piano lessons at the Chicago conservatory of music.

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Jazz article: “Jaco Pastorius: Live and Outrageous” by John Kelman

Jazz article: “Jaco Pastorius: Live and Outrageous” by John Kelman | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

The reputation of the late Jaco Pastorius is legendary, based as much on his mercurial personality as his groundbreaking bass playing and small but significant repertoire of original music. His declining mental health became increasingly evident following his departure from fusion super group Weather Report, ultimately leading to his tragic demise in 1987. Still, while the bassist was already beginning to show some signs of decline when Jaco Pastorius: Live and Outrageous was filmed at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 1982, he was still capable of putting on an exciting show.

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CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Charles Mingus - The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 6 CD Limited Edition Collection Available September 18, 2012

CD/DOWNLOAD/ALBUM: Charles Mingus - The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 6 CD Limited Edition Collection Available September 18, 2012 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
One Of Our Most Significant Releases Ever From One Of The Few, True Geniuses - Charles Mingus

We all know about small, medium and large. Coach, Business, and First Class. And then there's urgent, critical, and life-threatening. At Mosaic, we have three stages, too: rare and historically important; acclaimed milestone; and undeniably monumental epic masterpiece.

We've uncovered another one of those epic masterpieces.

We are pleased to announce Charles Mingus - The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 (Town Hall, Amsterdam, Monterey & Minneapolis). It chronicles the essential live performances of this genius of modern music as his compositions achieved a depth and complexity we would come to know as Mingus's most signature work. It includes (on the earlier recordings) the brilliant Eric Dolphy, along with Jaki Byard, Dannie Richmond, Johnny Coles, and Clifford Jordan — certainly one of the best assemblages of musicians ever.

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Legacy to Release ‘Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection’ - News

Legacy to Release ‘Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection’ - News | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
58-track, 4-CD boxed set includes collaborations with Pete Seeger, Tom Waits and others...Legacy Recordings will release a four-CD boxed set from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, titled The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection, on Sept. 25. The collection will include 58 tracks, of which five are previously unissued, all recorded at Allen Toussaint’s Sea-Saint Studios: “In The Evening (When The Sun Goes Down)” (1967); “Precious Lord” (1970); “C. C. Rider” (1981); and “I Get The Blues When It Rains” and “Nellie Grey” (both 1986).

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The set draws from 19 albums (and one bonus CD) that were recorded and released between 1962 and 2010, on the Atlantic Records, CBS Records, Sony Music and Preservation Hall Recordings labels. 

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Album: Cassandra Wilson, Another Country (Membran)

Album: Cassandra Wilson, Another Country (Membran) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Recorded in Florence and New Orleans with co-producer, co-writer and guitarist Fabrizio Sotti, this is a belting return to form by the best vocal artist in jazz.
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Return to Forever - The Mothership Returns (Eagle Rock, 2012)

Return to Forever - The Mothership Returns (Eagle Rock, 2012) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Return to Forever is a legendary group among jazz fusion fans. The group was begun in the early 1970’s by keyboardist Chick Corea and a shifting cast of musicians. They were a staple of the jazz fusion scene throughout the 1970’s remaining a popular group until they became dormant in the late 1970’s. This is a collection of music from their second reunion tour, the music and video for this two CD/one DVD set recorded during the 2011 tour.

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“STOP! DON’T SHOOT!”

“STOP!  DON’T SHOOT!” | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
I’m writing this post on behalf of a musician I respect — let’s call him Theodosius — who came to me at a jazz party with a reasonable request.
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Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope

Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope. This profile was inspired by an exceptional article here on All About Jazz by Derek Taylor called “St. Elmo’s Fire” where he focuses and expands on Elmo Hope’s music and recordings. St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was born in New York on June 27, 1923, began piano studies by age seven and went on to win prizes for his piano recitals. He was a childhood friend of Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk and they would play piano for each other. His piano style was later overshadowed by the growing popularity of both Powell and Monk, and though he was in there since the beginning of the bebop movement, he was compared to and judged against the other two. His cabaret license was pulled for a previous drug conviction and this severely limited where he could work if at all. This would start a cycle of disillusionment and frustration that would hound him all his life.

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