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John Vanore: Stolen Moments

5 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

There were only seven musicians on Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth in February 1961. But as Creed Taylor, the album's producer, told me in an interview in 2008, the extraordinary way Nelson arranged the septet enabled them...       Related Stories Oliver Nelson: Fantabulous  

Jerry Lewis: (1926-2017)

yesterdayMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Jerry Lewis, whose geeky, high-strung brand of humor starting in the late 1940s made him a national sensation and early TV star while still in his 20s and whose seemingly ad-libbed routines as a befuddled jerk in '60s films influenced...        

Patti, Bill and Marty

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed two of the original Hollies—lead singer-guitarist Allan Clarke and drummer Bobby Elliott—and lyricist Roger Cook (go here). This time around, the song I explored was Long Cool Woman (in a Black...        

Two Stans in Holland: 1970s

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

What better way to end the week than with videos of Stan Getz and Stan Kenton. Here are two videos of both artists in Holland. Getz blows Pretty City and Kenton's orchestra plays Opus in Pastels... Here's Stan Getz with...       Related Stories Five Stan Getz Videos Four Stan Getz Videos + 1 Four Stan Getz Videos  

Chris Connor: Gershwin Almanac

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The finest jazz vocal treatment of the Gershwin songbook was recorded by Chris Connor between February and April 1957. The double album for Atlantic Records was called Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac of Song. The personnel varied over...       Related Stories Henry Mancini: Lola Albright West Coast Jazz: Early Sounds Videos: Shorty Rogers, '80s  

Jo and Rosie: Two New CDs

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Back in the 1950s, pop singers played a vital role in the fabric of our society. Unlike today, where many pop stars leverage dark fantasies and psychological dramas in songs to connect with audiences, singers 60 years ago were songbirds...       Related Stories Jo and Rosey: Two New CDs Rosemary, Pete and Jeri Half-Dozen Rosemary Clooneys  

Chet Baker: Live in London

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Between March 28 and April 2 in 1983, Chet Baker appeared at the Canteen in London. By then, the club's space at 4 Great Queen St. in Covent Garden was something of a landmark. From 1979 to 1981, it was...       Related Stories Chet Baker at the Moonlight Chet Baker: La Voce Chet Baker: Cold Trumpet  

Interview: Georgia Mancio

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Back in July, I posted on singer Georgia Mancio's exquisite new album, Songbook. On the album, Georgia was joined by pianist Alan Broadbent, who wrote all of the songs and invited Georgia to write each song's lyric. In the days...       Related Stories Alan Broadbent: Developing Story  

Otto, Cannonball and Glen

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

This week in The Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Otto Penzler, mystery-fiction editor and owner of New York's Mysterious Bookshop, for my "House Call" column in the paper's Mansion section (go here). Penzler's childhood was quite harrowing. In the late...        

Videos: Frank D'Rone

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Yesterday I posted about Bev Kelly, a hip jazz singer from Chicago who recorded in the 1950s. Today, another swinging Chicago jazz club singer (and guitarist) from the same period—Frank D'Rone. To read my two-part interview with Frank go here...       Related Stories John Williams: Rainbows  

Bev Kelly: From the Heart

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

A couple of days ago I heard from singer Bev Kelly. If you're unfamiliar with Bev, dig my two-part interview with her from 2013 (here and here). In the 1950s, Bev was one of the hippest jazz vocalists in Chicago's...        

Tom Brigandi: Late Night N.Y.

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Bassist Tom Brigandi recorded just two albums as a leader. Both albums are exceptional. From my online research, I know he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and graduated in 1981. I also know that he played with...       Related Stories Mike LeDonne: That Feelin' Harry Allen: The Candy Men Jan Lundgren: Styne and Young  

Chet Baker at the Moonlight

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Aging beauty is still beautiful. Jazz greats lucky enough to grow old tended to develop new techniques for expressing how they felt when they played. Their honesty and sensitivity remained intact but both were more pensive and thoughtful. What they...        

Mrs. Johnny "Hammond" Smith

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

It's unclear who gave Johnny "Hammond" Smith his middle name. In all likelihood, it was Smith himself, to distinguish himself from Johnny Smith, the well-known jazz guitarist. "Hammond" Smith was born in Louisville, Ky., in 1933 and began recording on...        

Lemony, Jutta and Brett

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed acclaimed novelist and children's book author Lemony Snicket, the pen name of Daniel Handler (go here). In the interview, for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section, we talked about...        

Videos: Dorothy Dandridge

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge had parallel careers as African-American pop singers, dancers and Hollywood actors. While Horne in the mid-1950s abandoned Hollywood for nightclubs, Dandridge was nominated for an Oscar for her 1954 role in Carmen Jones. But two...        

JazzWax Turns 10!

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Today is JazzWax's 10th birthday. I started the blog in 2007 after my dear friend and author, playwright and Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout gave me a nudge. During one of our Saturday morning jazz listening sessions, he...        

Eddie Diehl: Well, Here It Is

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

If you had the misfortune as a jazz musician to come up in the early 1960s, you were likely ill prepared to cope with the seismic shift in the music landscape as rock and soul swept away an entire generation...       Related Stories Ethel Ennis Sings for Losers Brother Jack Meets the Boss  

Jack Montrose and Pete Jolly

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Between 1985 and 1990, tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose recorded three sterling albums in Hollywood with pianist and friend Pete Jolly. What the three albums had in common was the music of David Holt.They also featured the same quartet: Jack Montrose...       Related Stories Jerry Donato and Pete Jolly Pete Jolly and A&M  

Complete "Audition at RCA'

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

A few years ago, I stumbled across a 15-minute black-and-white film called Audition at RCA directed in 1964 by D.A. "Penny" Pennebaker. Also known as Lambert & Co., the film features singer Dave Lambert and four young singers he assembled...       Related Stories Jazz Feel in New York Film  

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