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  • Hot Jazz Saturday Night (vintage jazz show)

    11/22/2014 4:54:00 PM PST · by deks · 22 replies
    88.5 WAMU FM ^ | November 22, 2014 | Rob Bamberger
    Click the link for live stream: From 8 until 11 p.m. EST, the air is filled with vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s, '30s, and '40s.
  • New York Jazz Clubs Double as Record Labels

    11/13/2014 7:23:03 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies
    NY Times ^ | NOV. 11, 2014 | NATE CHINEN
    ...These labels come out of an old impulse and a newer set of circumstances. Jazz musicians have been making albums in clubs for as long as it’s been feasible... For historical and acoustical reasons... Vanguard leads in this field — a page on its website shows thumbnail images for 123 albums created in the club — but there have also been fine recent dispatches from Jazz Standard, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and elsewhere. Still, those are albums released on separate record labels. The perpetual challenge of running a successful jazz club, and the equally daunting proposition of starting a record label,...
  • Hot Jazz Saturday Night

    11/01/2014 5:03:30 PM PDT · by deks · 19 replies
    WAMU 88.5 FM ^ | November 1, 2014 | Rob Bamberger
    Click on "Listen Live" at the top of the page...From 8 until 11 p.m., the air is filled with vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s, '30s, and '40s.
  • Horace Silver dies at 85; pioneering jazz pianist and composer

    06/19/2014 2:44:15 PM PDT · by Lurking Libertarian · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 18, 2014 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart
    Horace Silver, the prolific jazz pianist and composer who cofounded the legendary Jazz Messengers, pioneered the genre known as hard bop and mentored scores of musicians, has died. He was 85. Silver died Wednesday at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y., of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory. Through classic compositions such as “Song for My Father,” “Nica's Dream” and “Señor Blues,” Silver influenced generations of musicians with a style that encompassed all his musical loves: gospel, blues, Latin rhythm. It was music that, in Silver's words, “cooked” and “burned.”
  • Legendary Pianist Horace Silver Dies At 85

    06/19/2014 2:36:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | June 18, 2014 | Walter Ray Watson
    Pianist Horace Silver, whose potent and catchy combination of blues, funk and Latin sounds shifted the jazz landscape in the 1950s and '60s, died Wednesday morning at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He died of natural causes, according to his son, Gregory Silver. He was 85. As a bandleader, Horace Silver mentored some of the hottest musicians of his era. As a composer, he devised numerous jazz standards still played today. Silver grew up in Norwalk, Conn. He was 11 when he and and his father stumbled upon a swing band one warm Sunday night. It was the orchestra...
  • Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

    05/31/2014 3:45:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NPR ^ | May 28, 2014 | Tom Moon and Patrick Jarenwattanon
    Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations. One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Its artists, both the jazz legends and those journeymen who are little regarded today, have helped shape the ever-evolving notion of what a solo is and what it can be. To honor the label, we've combed the vaults to select...
  • Hot Jazz Saturday Night - May 24, 2014

    05/24/2014 5:08:14 PM PDT · by deks · 26 replies
    WAMU 88.5 FM - American University ^ | May 24, 2014 | Rob Bamberger
    From 8 until 11 p.m., the air is filled with vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s thru the '50s. Listen live at the link. The host has been running this show since 1980 and it's interesting to hear the background stories about the music and the performers.
  • A couple of guitar videos I came across on youtube. [Vanity]

    05/16/2014 8:27:07 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 26 replies
    youtube | May 16, 2014 | Me
    Flamenco street buskers in Spain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy4mArn9RkkMatt Otten. This is a true virtuoso jazz guitarist IMO. Very smooth, effortless, style similar to Jim Hall. Maybe some will find him too cerebral but I could watch him move around the neck of that guitar for hours. One oddity about him is he seems to have never gigged or jammed with anyone else except rarely, a vocalist. All his videos are accompanied by backing tracks. Sunnyhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX8bmZitKaw&list=PLB883E04FDBAB4C06 Beautiful Love.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx4sxLxBn8gCan't believe I never heard of this Australian guy before! His name is Tommy EmmanuelClassical Acoustichttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S33tWZqXhnkTommy playing the blues. He is probably most famous for this...
  • Lib Professor: Disney is Racist, and Only Black People Like Jazz

    04/29/2014 2:16:34 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 65 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 4-29-2014 | Michael Schaus
    Don’t you just love classic Disney movies? Animated cinematic adventures that espoused the importance of life values, growing up, and racism… Well, that’s what some lefty professor is arguing at Syracuse University. Apparently, the Jungle Book is just chock-full of racism (and not because of “man-cub’s” strange desire to remain uncultured). Professor Robert Thompson told Yahoo Movies (um… this article was forwarded to me – like most people, I don’t actually visit Yahoo Movies) that the Jungle Book is racist because of something to do with Louie Armstrong. Apparently, when Mowgli meets the Ape King, young children are being brainwashed...
  • Saturday Night Jazz at The MOTUS Twilight-Nocturne Lounge

    03/15/2014 3:53:55 PM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 6 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-15-2014 | MOTUS
    Welcome to another evening at The MOTUS Twilight-Nocturne Lounge, where we melt the worries of life and time away with cocktails and music.Little Mo is tending bar tonight.Just nod, he knows what you want.Tonight’s featured drink is the classic Manhattan cocktail: The Manhattan is a boozy, sophisticated drink that embraces the energy of the city after which it's named. But unlike its cosmopolitan brother in arms, it is dark and moody: If the Martini is James Bond's drink, the Manhattan is Bruce Wayne's. 2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey (Little Mo recommends Rye, although bourbon is traditional)1 oz Sweet Vermouth...
  • Hot Jazz Saturday Night

    03/08/2014 5:01:17 PM PST · by deks · 11 replies
    From 8 until 11 p.m., the air is filled with vintage jazz, swing, and big band recordings from the '20s, '30s, and '40s. Listen live at the link. The host has been running this show since 1980 and ii's interesting to hear the background and stories about this era of music and the performers etc.
  • Tuba Skinny Set from Royal Street 4/12/13 - NINE SONGS [video only]

    12/15/2013 11:39:38 AM PST · by servo1969 · 1 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 5-23-2013 | digitalalexa
    Frisco Bound - 0:00 Fingering with your Fingers - 3:45 Jackson Stomp - 7:05 Egyptian Ella - 10:55 Big Boat - 15:50 Crow Jane - 19:50 Vine Street Drag - 24:10 Savoy Blues - 28:30 Forget Me Not Blues - 32:15
  • Guitar great Jim Hall dies at 83

    Jim Hall, one of the most renowned guitarists in jazz history, passed away this morning.
  • Tuba Skinny - "Climax Rag" -Royal St. [video only]

    12/01/2013 6:53:36 AM PST · by servo1969 · 13 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 5-2-2013 | digitalalexa
    Tuba Skinny playing the "Climax Rag" on rainy day in Royal St., New Orleans on 4/15/2013.
  • Tuba Skinny - "Gotta Give Me Some Instrumental" [video only]

    11/30/2013 6:08:29 PM PST · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 4-21-2012 | digitalalexa
    A long improvised Instrumental version of "Gotta Give Me Some" by Tuba Skinny and some friends. Recorded at The Spotted Cat Music Club in New Orleans on 4-10-2012. Todd Burdick- Tuba Shaye Cohn - Cornet Barnabus Jones - Trombone Robin Rapuzzi - Washboard John Doyle - Sax Sam Doores - Bass Drum
  • Lee Ritenour: 'Wes Bound' Live (2008)

    11/07/2013 12:42:57 PM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 22 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 07 November 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    I dunno if any of you are into a little jazz- I am... that is, into a little of it.  I really don't know anything about the current scene either, but what I do know comes from a 1980 college roomate who was -atypically for an 18 y.o. of the time- heavily into jazz: I was already a pretty big Steely Dan/Bryan Ferry fan -with substantial jazz influences- but the things he introduced me to were David Sanborn(who I saw live), Jon Luc Ponty, Spyro Gyra (also saw live) and Lee Ritenour, an American some consider the best jazz guitarist...
  • When Duke Ellington played Kabul

    09/22/2013 11:02:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 September 2013 | Monica Whitlock
    Fifty years ago this week, Duke Ellington and his band played in a concert he later called one of the most memorable of his life. The performance was in Kabul, in Afghanistan, and even though Ellington was at the height of his fame, almost all traces of it have been lost. For the organiser, Faiz Khairzada, and hundreds of Afghans in the audience, the concert was a high point of the early 1960s. "It was very exciting for me to have him in Kabul," says Khairzada, then head of Afghanistan's cultural affairs organisation. It was he who met Ellington at...
  • Playing “Jazz” Is a Crime in North Korea

    09/01/2013 4:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | WEDNESDAY, JUL 24, 2013
    Kim Cheol Woong was the country's star pianist before his musical taste landed him in troubleThis article originally appeared on GlobalPost. Global Post SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Cheol Woong belonged to North Korea’s coddled elite. Then in 2001 he was accused of treachery. His crime: playing a Richard Clayderman piece on his piano. Scion of a privileged political family in the reclusive state, Kim was a star pianist in North Korea’s state symphony. He grew up memorizing garish children’s songs like “Revolutionary Army Game” — part of the nation’s required piano curriculum. One day, alone in a room, he...
  • George Duke Dies of Lukemia

    George Duke, famous jazz musician, died Monday from chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to his label Concord Music Group, which confirmed his death. The pianist was an icon to many but also a humble man of humble beginnings. George Duke lost his battle with cancer on Monday. There is no word yet on how long Duke had battled with his condition, but what is known is that he will be missed. Duke’s son, Rashid, thanked his father’s fans in a statement Tuesday. “The outpouring of love and support that we have received from my father’s friends, fans and the entire music...
  • Duke Ellington: 5 Essential Performances (To Celebrate His 114th Birthday)

    05/10/2013 8:10:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Time ^ | Steve Futterman
    To call Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington inimitable is to actually downplay his mythic role in world culture, as no American figure — be he from the realm of jazz or any other musical idiom — has ever matched his spectacular and ceaseless creativity. Born 114 years ago this week, Ellington was a composer, arranger, bandleader and pianist whose omnivorous talent saw little let up from his artistic maturity in the late 1920s until his death in May of 1974. There was no one remotely like him during his lifetime and there has been no one to challenge his status since....
  • (vanity) Help identify background jazz music in this TV ad

    03/10/2013 4:15:38 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 46 replies
    Can anyone identify the artist that plays the jazzy background music in this Stella Artois ad? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvzEuq-aDCo
  • Amazing Doc Severinsen tracks

    02/25/2013 8:28:44 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | 25 Feb 2013 | Steely
    Some remarkable music from Doc Severinsen and most of the members of the old Tonight Show. These guys are the creme-de-la-creme of the LA session community in the late '60s. At the time this album was made, the Beatles were still together. You can hear their influence, as well as that of Blood Sweat and Tears in this music. When my high school band teacher heard this, his comment was "they probably did one run-through before they recorded that." Enjoy.
  • Jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd dies at 80

    02/12/2013 7:04:29 AM PST · by the scotsman · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12th February 2013 | BBC News
    'Influential US jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who performed alongside the likes of Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock, has died aged 80. The musician was a leading hard-bop trumpeter - a jazz extension of bebop - in the mid-1950s. He later became known for his blend of soul, funk and jazz fusion. Byrd's influence has been more recently felt thanks to hip-hop artists such as Nas, Ludacris and A Tribe Called Quest who have all sampled his recordings.'
  • The Mix: 50 Great Jazz Vocals

    02/09/2013 9:06:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NPR ^ | February 07, 2013 | JOEY COHN
    50 Great Jazz Vocals is a crowdsourced list of the 50 most popular jazz vocal recordings of all time, as determined by the listeners of NPR Music, Jazz24.org and KPLU in Seattle. We asked jazz lovers all over the world to vote for their favorites. When the results were in, the thousands of votes were tabulated, and this list is the result. You can take a look at the list below or, better yet, dive into the webstream, kick back and listen to all 50 Great Jazz Vocals. According to our listeners, it doesn't get any better than this. To...
  • Happy Feet from the Paul Whiteman film : King Of Jazz 1930

    02/02/2013 8:25:48 AM PST · by virgil283 · 11 replies
    Just for fun : "The beginning of the "Happy Feet" number from King of Jazz (1930). After setting the mood of the piece with some giant dancing shoes and the Rhythm Boys.This short video presents a song from the orchestra leader Paul Whiteman,..." --see if you can recognize the man in the middle....
  • Woman Declares Louis Armstrong Was Her Father

    12/17/2012 12:09:03 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 12, 2012 | JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr.
    On Saturday a batch of letters that Louis Armstrong wrote to a girlfriend will go on sale at an auction house in Los Angeles. That in itself is not surprising: Armstrong wrote thousands of letters in his lifetime, and he was known to be a lothario. But these letters offer strong evidence of something else: Armstrong, who most biographers say was childless, believed until his death that he had a child. What’s more, the woman he regarded as his daughter has surfaced and says Armstrong supported her and her mother for more than 15 years, sending them monthly checks from...
  • Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing"

    12/06/2012 6:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 47 replies
    InsightScoop.typepad.com ^ | December 2012 | Carl OIson
    Requiescat in pace: Dave Brubeck, jazz giant and convert to Catholicism from "nothing" Dave Brubeck, legendary jazz pianist and pioneer, died earlier today on the cusp of his 92nd birthday. From the Chicago Tribune: Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd. Brubeck was one day short of his 92nd birthday. He died of heart failure, en route to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said Gloyd. Throughout his career, Brubeck defied...
  • Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck dead at 91

    12/05/2012 4:37:01 PM PST · by Alaska Wolf · 27 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 5, 2012 | Christine Kearney
    (Reuters) - Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, whose choice of novel rhythms, classical structures and brilliant sidemen made him a towering figure in modern jazz, has died at the age of 91, his longtime manager and producer Russell Gloyd said on Wednesday. Brubeck died of heart failure on Wednesday morning after he fell ill on his way to a regular medical exam at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., a day short of his 92nd birthday, Gloyd said. His Dave Brubeck Quartet put out one of the best selling jazz songs of all time: "Take Five," composed by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond....
  • David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) Dave Brubeck is dead

    12/05/2012 1:43:28 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    necropedia.org ^ | December 5, 2012
    Dave Brubeck's obituary Dave Brubeck 1920 - 2012 Dave Brubeck is deadDave Brubeck, born on December 6, 1920 in Concord, was an American pianist. He died on December 6, 2012 at the age of 92.Friends and family are mourning the loss of a loved one. Translations :FrançaisEspañolDeutsch中文
  • Jazz great Dave Brubeck dies

    12/05/2012 9:14:28 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 57 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/05/12 | Yahoo News Staff
    Pioneering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck has died. Russell Gloyd, Brubeck's manager, says he died Wednesday morning of heart failure, after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son. He would have turned 92 on Thursday. The Dave Brubeck Quartet's pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms and became enduring standards. In 1954 he was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine. The quartet's 1959 album "Time Out" was the first ever million-selling jazz LP. "Take Five," a cut from that album...
  • Bob French, longtime Original Tuxedo Jazz Band leader and WWOZ deejay, has died

    11/13/2012 2:53:16 PM PST · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | November 12 2012 | Keith Spera
    Robert "Bob" French Sr., the longtime leader and drummer of the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band and an outspoken, at times controversial, WWOZ-FM deejay, died on Monday, Nov. 12, after a long illness. He was 74.
  • Terry Callier Passes Away (jazz-soul-folk musician)

    10/28/2012 7:44:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 2 replies
    MundoVibe ^ | October 28, 2012 | MundoVibe
    Soul-jazz legend Terry Callier has passed away after an extended illness. He was found dead by Luther Adams at his home. More information will be provided as this story develops, but we are deeply saddened by his passing. Terry Callier was born in the Chicago, and raised in the Cabrini–Green housing area. He learned piano, was a childhood friend of Curtis Mayfield, Major Lance and Jerry Butler, and began singing in doo-wop groups in his teens.
  • ++ Jugs, Jukes and Jazz++..live streaming..

    09/30/2012 7:01:48 PM PDT · by djone · 2 replies
    WUAL ^ | 'Tom Halladay
    'Tom Halladay's long-running music program featuring jazz, Ragtime and big bands from the earliest recordings until the 1960's.' ..Early to modern music along with perspectives about the artists....
  • The Great Sonny Rollins on Why Jazz Is "King of All Musics"

    09/29/2012 12:13:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri., Sep. 28 2012 | Dave Pehling
    Long celebrated as one of the greatest tenor players in the history of jazz, saxophone colossus Sonny Rollins has been refining the art of creative improvisation for almost seven decades. A precocious youth growing up in Harlem during the golden age of jazz, a teenage Rollins led a band that included such future heavyweights as alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, drummer Art Taylor, and pianist Kenny Drew. The spark apparent in his playing would lead to a mentorship by iconic composer Thelonious Monk and early work with such pioneering figures as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. Rollins would go on to...
  • *** Jugs, Jukes and Jazz- WUAL-FM in Tuscaloosa-With Tom Halladay- Streaming Audio-Listem Live

    08/26/2012 5:40:54 PM PDT · by djone · 7 replies
    Playlist :- -- #1. Hen Party Blues, Dixieland Jug Blowers, Album : Jugs, Jooks and Washboard Bands, : 1926 ----2. Dem Tambourines , Artist : Don Wilkerson, Album : Blue 'N' Groovyr : 1962 --- 3. Cantaloupe Island, Artist : Herbie Hancock, ReleaseYear : 1964 -- -4. This’ll Get Ya, Willis Jackson, Have You Had Your Vitamin B-3 Today?: 1964 --- 5. Little Sister, Artist : David "Fathead" Newman, Album : Jazz That Swings, ReleaseYear : 1975 --- 6. Solar, Artist : McCoy Tyner, Album : Solar, Composer : Miles Davis, 1991 ---7. Haitian Fight Song , : Charles Mingus...
  • Denver police officer shot, killed at jazz concert

    06/25/2012 4:10:44 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 41 replies
    WTVR ^ | June 25, 2012 | Will C. Holden
    DENVER (KDVR) — A veteran Denver police officer and single mother was shot and killed trying to break up an altercation in City Park Sunday night. Hundreds were in the park attending the kickoff event for the popular City Park Jazz festival when a fight broke out between two groups at approximately 8:07 p.m. Denver police officers were attempting to break up the fight when shots were fired. The female officer was shot in the head and rushed to Denver Health. She died from her injuries shortly after arrival. FOX31 learned the name of the slain officer, but will wait...
  • Glenn Miller's last concert: a home with a musical history

    06/15/2012 7:43:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 Jun 2012 | Max Davidson
    In December 1944, the band leader Glenn Miller flew off to entertain Allied troops in France. He never returned. Now the venue of his last performance is up for sale.If houses could talk, few would have such a touching tale to tell as The Grange, a large house in a small village in Bedfordshire. In December 1944, it was here that the American band leader Glenn Miller reputedly gave his last ever private performance, to US Air Force officers who had been billeted in the house during the war. Shut your eyes and you can almost picture the scene in...
  • Annette John-Hall: New Name or No, Jazz is in Trouble (Renaming Jazz)

    03/08/2012 11:25:10 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 45 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tue, Mar. 6, 2012 | Annette John-Hall
    It's lunchtime in East Mount Airy, and pianist Orrin Evans is working on a killer salad complete with boiled eggs, nuts, and colorful produce - a garden bounty. Healthy eating keeps his blood pressure down, Evans says. So I'm guessing I'm not helping much when I bring up Evans' life's work, the African American classical music he is passionate about - jazz. 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...
  • Etta James has passed away - KFI/Los Angeles

    01/20/2012 8:50:09 AM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 29 replies
    1/20/12 | KFI- Los Angeles
    KFI Radio in Los Angeles is reporting that Etta James has just passed away. Further info to follow as it becomes available.
  • Bob Brookmeyer, R.I.P. (jazz valve trombonist, composer)

    12/16/2011 8:01:58 PM PST · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    About Last Night ^ | December 16, 2011 | Terry Teachout
    Nothing you can say about Bob Brookmeyer can possibly rival the truth about him. He was one of the giants of jazz, a great valve trombonist, a composer of the first rank, and an astonishingly gifted teacher ...
  • Clarence Clemons dies from stroke complications

    06/18/2011 6:44:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 18, 2011
    Clarence Clemons, Bruce Springsteen's longtime saxophone player and a legend in the music industry, died Saturday from complications following a stroke he suffered about a week ago. Clemons' sax has been one of the most defining elements of the E Street Band's sound. He has suffered from numerous ailments over the last few years. He had double knee surgery and even had to perform from a wheelchair at one point. But his health seemed to be improving. Just last month, he performed with Lady Gaga on the season finale of "American Idol."Clemons scored a Top 20 hit in 1985 with...
  • Les Paul Google Doodle Lets You Strum Guitar, Record, Playback

    06/09/2011 9:14:51 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    pcworld ^ | Jun 9, 2011 | Keir Thomas
    Google has created a play-along Doodle to mark the anniversary of electric guitar inventor Les Paul's birth. Les Paul (1915-2009), for those unfamiliar, was a jazz/blues musician and inventor of the solid-body electric guitar that kicked-started rock and roll.
  • Jazz Violinist Billy Bang Dies

    04/12/2011 2:46:27 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 1 replies
    JazzTimes ^ | April 12, 2011 | Lee Mergner
    Violinist Billy Bang, noted for forging his own way on his instrument, died on April 11. According to an associate, he had been suffering from lung cancer. Bang was 63.
  • And now for something completely different...

    09/11/2010 3:15:38 PM PDT · by real saxophonist · 6 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmj-g4OQYG0 Just watch.
  • Museum Acquires Storied Trove of Performances by Jazz Greats

    08/20/2010 10:51:11 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | LARRY ROHTER | LARRY ROHTER
    For decades jazz cognoscenti have talked reverently of “the Savory Collection.” Recorded from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s by an audio engineer named William Savory... only a handful of people had ever heard even the smallest fraction of that music, adding to its mystique. After 70 years that wait has now ended. This year the National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired the entire set of nearly 1,000 discs, made at the height of the swing era, and has begun digitizing recordings of inspired performances by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan,...
  • Chill Out On Some Greats From The Golden Age Of Modern Jazz

    08/09/2010 5:32:19 AM PDT · by sussex · 5 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | 09/08/10 | the Aged P
    Though as a schoolboy and then a university student in the 1950s my first love was for the rawness and energy of rock & roll I found that sometimes it felt important to lay back with music that was a little more reflective and experimental yet which still possessed a rhythmic beat – and that was when I got into cool jazz….
  • Jazz Organist Gene Ludwig Dead

    07/16/2010 10:27:15 AM PDT · by NRA1995 · 1 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune - Review ^ | 7/16/10 | Bob Karlovitz
    Gene Ludwig of Monroeville, PA, billed as "relentless" in the energy he brought to his music, died Wednesday at West Penn Hospital Forbes Regional Campus. He was 72. The native of Twin Rocks, Cambria County, was a well-known jazz performer in this area, but was known nationally as a frequent guest at clubs in New York City and San Francisco and at international events, such as the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Marty Ashby, executive producer of MCG Jazz at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in the North Side, called Mr. Ludwig "one of a kind" in his dedication to the...
  • Hank Jones, Versatile Jazz Pianist, Is Dead at 91

    05/18/2010 11:39:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 159+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/17/2010 | PETER KEEPNEWS
    Hank Jones, whose self-effacing nature belied his stature as one of the most respected jazz pianists of the postwar era, died on Sunday in the Bronx. He was 91. His death, at Calvary Hospital Hospice, was announced by his longtime manager, Jean-Pierre Leduc. Mr. Jones lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and also had a home in Hartwick, N.Y. Mr. Jones spent much of his career in the background. For three and a half decades he was primarily a sideman, most notably with Ella Fitzgerald; for much of that time he also worked as a studio musician on...
  • How Treme Can Get It Right

    04/03/2010 12:54:54 PM PDT · by Mr. Blonde · 5 replies · 422+ views
    Village Voice ^ | March 30, 2010 | Larry Blumenfeld
    'Price was twelve, bruh.' 'Say bruh. Them twelve hundred was for eight pieces.' A deal's going down, yeah. But not the sort we're used to witnessing between black men on a television show set in an American city. Certainly not a David Simon drama on HBO. Yet before even a word of dialogue is uttered come clues. A saxophonist licks, then adjusts his reed. Valve oil gets applied to a trombone. Soldiers and cops stand guard. Two little kids dance to a faint parade rhythm, which is soon supplanted by the bass booming from an SUV. An unseen trumpet sounds...
  • Charlie Parker: a Genius Distilled

    03/21/2010 11:13:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 454+ views
    Guardian ^ | Sunday 21 March 2010 | Richard Williams
    Charlie Parker lived hard, played hard, died young. Now an uncanny sculpture of him in his last months has resurfaced. Richard Williams on a story of jazz, art and devotionThe last time Julie Macdonald saw Charlie Parker, he was catching a flight home from Los Angeles to New York for the funeral of his three-year-old daughter, Pree, who had died in hospital in the early hours of 6 March, 1954 after a long illness. Two nights earlier, Parker had been fired, for the second time in a week, by the owner of the Tiffany Club in Hollywood after behaving erratically...