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Jemal Ramirez: African Skies

20 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

One of the hottest Latin-jazz and salsa markets in the country is San Francisco. This may come as a surprise but it isn't. The city's Latin Quarter (now North Beach) has been a music center since the 1930s. The district's...        

Barbara Moore: Swinging Pop

yesterdayMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The British rock invasion of the mid-1960s had a profound effect on American music and the country's culture at large. For the first time, adolescents held sway over the record industry. By decade's end, the generation's influence extended to virtually...        

Four Videos: Happy Prez Day

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Today is President's Day in the U.S. Here at JazzWax, we celebrate Lester Young. Billie Holiday called him the President, which was shortened to Pres or Prez. She meant president of the tenor saxophone. If you know nothing about Young...       Related Stories Mosaic: Lester Young, Again Last Message of Pres: 1959  

Art Pepper: Jazz Survivor

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

I'm taking a break this weekend. But I wouldn't leave you hanging. Here's a fascinating documentary on Art Pepper—Notes From a Jazz Survivor. The film provides a candid view of the alto saxophonist's struggles to keep his head above water...       Related Stories Art Pepper w/ Sheldon and Manne Art Pepper: At the Movies Art Pepper Quartet: Nov. 1956  

Videos: Bossa Nova Legends

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Well, it's Friday once again. So let's tilt our seats back, put up our feet and jet down to Rio. Here are four fab videos of bossa nova founders that I found surfing around on YouTube yesterday: Here's Luiz Bonfa...       Related Stories Roberto Menescal and Wanda Sa  

The Hot Wax of Stax

6 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Stax Records was the South's answer to Motown and Atlantic, and the African-American response to the British Invasion and folk-rock. Founded in Memphis in 1957 by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton, the company began as Satellite Records but...        

Eddie Bert: Kaleidoscope

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In the early 1950s, with the 10-inch LP format on the rise, New York had a crew of jazz musicians who were superb studio swingers. They were dependable, driven and could really get feet tapping. Their watering hole was Charlie's...        

Harold Mabern: Pisces Calling

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Pianist Harold Mabern has been known for his sideman work. In the 1960s and '70s, he was on Hank Mobley's Dippin', Lee Morgan's The Gigolo, Jackie McLean's Consequence, Blue Mitchell's Bring It Home to Me, Gene Ammons's The Black Cat...        

Gene Ammons: Brother Jug!

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The jazz-rock fusion movement of the late 1960s and '70s elevated electronic instruments, particularly the guitar and keyboards. But while the rock guitar, Fender Rhodes electric piano and synthesizers were front and center in many fusion bands, the saxophone experienced...       Related Stories Gene Ammons: Blue Groove Leo Parker: Savoy, 1947  

Apolo, Sara and Eddie

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed former Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno (go here) for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section. Apolo talked about how he went the youngest top-ranked skater in 1997 to rock...        

Bill Evans: Very Early '70s

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Bill Evans changed in early 1972. The pianist who had looked like a gaunt accountant in the 1960s sported a mustache by 1971. A year later, his hair was college-campus long. He also sounded different. Instead of playing with poetic...       Related Stories Bill Evans: Sweden, 1970 Bill Evans: Another Time Interview: Jan Persson  

Chico O'Farrill: Latin Modernist

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Looking back, 1951 and '52 were groundbreaking years for jazz. Bebop was still lingering, cool jazz had already begun in '49, the R&B-influenced hard bop was just emerging and so was the relaxed sound of West Coast jazz. But these...       Related Stories Count Basie: High Voltage  

Roger Guérin: Paris Meeting

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Paris in the 1950s was a special place. Unlike most urban areas in Europe, the city had endured little physical damage during World War II. Miraculously, it was spared German and Allied bombings during its capture, occupation and liberation. The...        

Soul's Street Remixes

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

As readers know, I love crawling around the ducts at YouTube. The video site is a virtual Aladdin's lamp of audio pleasure if you know how to search for fantasy music. For example, I recently stumbled on a batch of...        

Blossom Dearie: Sings Broadway

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Russ Garcia probably wasn't the best choice to arrange Blossom Dearie's 1960 album, Soubrette Sings Broadway Hit Songs. The show tunes are dated for 1960 (most are from forgettable shows of the 1930s and '40s), many of the songs could...       Related Stories Diana Panton: Solstice/Eqinox  

Tammi, Jim and David

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

This week in The Wall Street Journal, three big ones. First, my "Anatomy of a Song" column for the Life & Arts pages on Ain't No Mountain High Enough (go here). For the column, I interviewed Valerie Simpson, the song's...        

Videos: Three Guitar Masters

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Since it's Friday, I thought I'd end the week by sharing with you three separate videos of true jazz guitar masters—Louis Stewart, Joe Pass (above) and Lenny Breau. I think you'll agree that all three are at their finest here....       Related Stories Video: Oscar Peterson  

Bobby Hackett Plays Tony

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

To the best of my knowledge, cornetist Bobby Hackett played on just two Tony Bennett albums in the 1960s. He can be heard blowing mellow obbligatos around Tony's vocal on two tracks on A Time for Love, a compilation of...       Related Stories Count Basie and Alan Freed 12 Videos of Christmas Interview: Tony Bennett  

Ernie Wilkins: Flutes & Reeds

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

When popular music's 12-inch album era began in 1955, jazz record labels scrambled for artists who could fill up the longer album sides. Many labels looked for musicians who could arrange, assemble top artists for sessions and rehearse them in...       Related Stories Joe Newman: Happy Cats  

The Basie-ites: 1956 and '60

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Count Basie held onto his band throughout the 1950s and into the '60s because he didn't hold on tight. Rather than insist his musicians play only with him, Basie let them record as leaders or behind other artists whenever the...       Related Stories The Basie-ites: 1956 and '59 Sonny Stitt: Tune-Up! Jazz Cultural Theatre Lives!  

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