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Interview: Herb Snitzer (Pt. 1)

Interview: Herb Snitzer (Pt. 1) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
What makes a jazz photographer tick? For years I have admired Herb Snitzer's unorthodox images of jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Lester Young and many others.
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Jazz album review: Jenny Scheinman's 'Mischief & Mayhem' - Los Angeles Times

Jazz album review: Jenny Scheinman's 'Mischief & Mayhem' - Los Angeles Times | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Another of those albums that sounds a little scarier in name than reality, this project led by New York-based violinist Jenny Scheinman earns its two-pronged label with occasional dips into unstructured noise and a rock-like drive. But the group is just as marked by a thoughtful sense of atmosphere and lush, inviting composition, which admittedly looks much less cool on a CD cover.

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Legend gets in tune for all that jazz - Music | Tonight | IOL.co.za

Legend gets in tune for all that jazz - Music | Tonight | IOL.co.za | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

The history of Yeoville reveals this Joburg suburb as having been a bohemian cultural hub from the 1970s, attracting many artists and musicians. So it’s not surprising that this is where the legendary Dorothy Masuka lives. She is one of the most important singers and composers of the generation of Miriam Makeba and Dolly Rathebe, who is still at it today.

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St. Louis' only jazz radio station rises from its deathbed - Page 1 - Music - St. Louis - Riverfront Times

St. Louis' only jazz radio station rises from its deathbed - Page 1 - Music - St. Louis - Riverfront Times | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
I don't stay out late, nowhere to go I'm home about eight, just me and my radio Ain't misbehavin', saving my love for you — 'Ain't Misbehavin'' by Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf When Fats Waller...
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Frank Marocco dies at 81; jazz accordionist - Los Angeles Times

Frank Marocco dies at 81; jazz accordionist - Los Angeles Times | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Frank Marocco dies at 81; jazz accordionist

Frank Marocco's wide-ranging career embraced every genre of music, but his passion was jazz – and to show that the accordion was a legitimate jazz instrument.

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Jeff Parker - Bright Light in Winter (Delmark, 2012)

Jeff Parker - Bright Light in Winter (Delmark, 2012) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Jeff Parker is a resourceful guitarist and composer and a well regarded member of the Chicago jazz and improvised rock scene. This album is a tight and focused trio session that is well organized and thoughtfully performed.
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Scott Faragher: The Hammond (Pt. 2)

Scott Faragher: The Hammond (Pt. 2) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Scott Faragher is author of The Hammond Organ: An Introduction to the Instrument and the Players Who Made It Famous (Hal Leonard).
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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Garrison

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Garrison - Bassist Jimmy Garrison was the anchor in the classic John Coltrane Quartet, from 1961-\'66, which recorded all of its well-known albums on Impulse.

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The 2011 Expanded Critics' Poll - Features

Hate to say it, but my immediate response can be summarized in three words: boring, boring, boring.

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The Great Billy Higgins | Jazz Con Class

The Great Billy Higgins | Jazz Con Class | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

When discussion concerning greatest drummers of Jazz take place there is little mentioned about Billy Higgins. That's to the casual Jazz listener but not to those who know more. By knowing more, I mean those who have heard more Jazz than others and especially the ones who are fans of the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz era, as I am. There was no other drummer in that era with more impact than Billy Higgins.

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This Moment's Glory With ECM Records

ECM Records has always been one of my favorite labels, peerlessly rich in variety and deeply honest with it's mission and intent of quality.
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Newly discovered: Wes Montgomery: 1957-58

Newly discovered: Wes Montgomery: 1957-58 | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

As I write in today's Wall Street Journal (go here), Resonance Records on Tuesday will release Wes Montgomery: Echoes of Indiana Avenue—nine newly discovered and previously unheard tracks by Montgomery leading three different groups. (The CD is already in the rotation here at WNMC.)

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Mario Adnet - More Jobim Jazz

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Mario Adnet, Brazilian born US guitarist, recalles, that Moacir Santos had cited his discovery of composer and saxophonist Gerry Mulligan as one of the definiting moments of his career, and it was only while recording More Jobim Jazz that ...
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African Jazz Pioneers return to Botswana - Mmegi Online

. . . It was Ntemi Piliso who nourished the group from their humble roots to their current international acclaim. In the early 50s, Piliso and his "Alexandra All Star" band hit the cutting edge of South Africa's music scene, blending American urban big band style with traditional Majuba tempos and Marabi music influences.
At the centre of this great musical movement was Sophiatown otherwise known as "Kofifi", a thrilling community of artists, musicians, gangsters, writers and political leaders making their mark on South Africa's growing urban culture. Despite pass laws, bannings and censorship, discriminatory practices by recording companies and state controlled radio, forced removals and the violent bulldozing of Sophiatown, the African Jazz Pioneers and other South African musicians survived apartheid and evolved their music.

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The Jazz of Samuel Yirga Mitiku

The Jazz of Samuel Yirga Mitiku | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

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I was in Dubai recently, working on a documentary, and on the way back to Cape Town I visited Ethiopia to see some friends and experience some of the Ethio-jazz music I had fallen in love with ever since I first heard Mulatu Astatke and the “Ethiopiques” compilations. Even though I had high hopes, Ethiopia completely exceeded my expectations. On my first night in Addis, I was lucky enough to see an Ethio-jazz funk band called The Nubian Arc play live. For me the standout performance was by Samuel Yirga Mitiku

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Jazz Columns: Mark Murphy: Repertoire & Relaxation - By Roseanna Vitro — Jazz Articles

Mark Murphy turns 80 years young this year. He is famous for his soaring instrument and his distinctive vocal improvisations, with melody and lyrics. He was a recipient of DownBeat’s reader’s jazz poll for Best Male Vocalist in 1996, 1997, 2000, and 2001.

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Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942 by Christopher Wilkinson :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste

Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942 by Christopher Wilkinson :: Books :: Reviews :: Paste | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

West Virginia is arguably the most geographically muddled state in the Union. Some Northerners think of the state as “the South.” I remember Chris Matthews referring to it off-handedly as a “Confederate” state several years ago in a “red state” election round-up. Some Southerners think of it as “the North.” Again, that’s sort of fair considering the state seceded from Virginia to join the Union during the Civil War.

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Annette John-Hall: New name or no, jazz is in trouble

Annette John-Hall: New name or no, jazz is in trouble | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

See, these days, just uttering the word jazz is bound to get some people's pressure up. That's because Evans, 36, along with a small group of multiracial, multigenerational artists led by New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton, want to deep-six jazz - the name, not the art form - and resurrect it as Black American Music (BAM).

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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wes Montgomery

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Wes Montgomery | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

Instead of using a guitar pick, Montgomery plucked the strings with the fleshy part of his thumb, using downstrokes for single notes and a combination of upstrokes and downstrokes for chords and octaves. This technique enabled him to get a mellow, expressive tone from his guitar. George Benson, in the liner notes of the Ultimate Wes Montgomery album, wrote that “Wes had a corn on his thumb, which gave his sound that point. He would get one sound for the soft parts, and then that point by using the corn. That's why no one will ever match Wes. And his thumb was double-jointed. He could bend it all the way back to touch his wrist, which he would do to shock people.”

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'R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection' Pictures | Rolling Stone

'R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection' Pictures | Rolling Stone | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Well-known as a lover of old records, the satirical cartoonist Robert Crumb has collected his work on album covers and musicians' portraits in a new book, R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection. The artist spoke to Rolling Stoneby phone from the south of France, where he has lived for the past two decades.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/photos/r-crumb-the-complete-record-cover-collection-20111221#ixzz1hao74ZP7

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Jazz Profiles: JazzHaus

Jazz Profiles: JazzHaus | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
It's not everyday that a new Jazz label is announced and certainly even rarer still that such a label will focus on previously un-issued music by Jazz Giants such as Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman and Julian “Cannonball” ...
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Clay Ross and Brazilian Bluegrass

Guitarist Clay Ross grew up in South Carolina. He made a name for himself on the music scene there, but he always had some reservations about his home state and its local music, including bluegrass: he associated both with xenophobia and even racism. It took a trip to Brazil to change his mind.

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Jazz in Comic Books, Cartoons & Caricatures

Raymond Scott's "Secret Agent" as performed by The Metropole Orchestra, Jan Stulen conducting.
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Scott Faragher: The Hammond (Pt. 1)

Scott Faragher: The Hammond (Pt. 1) | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it
Few instruments excite music fans as much as the Hammond organ. Yet  everyone hears something different. The jazz fan hears a textured sound approximating that of a big band. The soul fan hears shades of gospel.
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INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis

INTERVIEW/PROFILE: Jazz Musician of the Day: Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis | Jazz from WNMC | Scoop.it

All About Jazz is celebrating Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis' birthday today! Eddie Lockjaw Davis was one musician who provided a link from the big band era through to the soul jazz phenomenon of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Davis developed one of the most unmistakable tenor sax sounds in post war jazz--the Texas tenor sound, very appropriate for a man born on Texas Independence Day (but, inappropriately enough in New York City).

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