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Harold McNair: Flute & Nut

3 minutes agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Harold McNair is barely known today. Yet he was one of the prettiest and most exciting modern flutists of the late 1960s and very early '70s. He was a beautiful saxophonist as well. McNair got off to a slow start...        

Clifford Scott: Out Front

6 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Jazz fans view the saxophone narrowly. What I mean is that we tend to think of the reed instrument in a straight line from Frankie Trumbauer in the '20s and Benny Carter and Bud Freeman in the '30s to Chu...        

Pete Magadini: Bones Blues

yesterdayMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The 1970s were a no-man's land for acoustic jazz. The rise of album rock, arena concerts and electronic instruments led to the growing popularity of psychedelic jazz-rock fusion and funk, especially on college campuses. Many jazz labels during this period...        

Rafael, Candi and Gene

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Rafael Viñoly, the architect who designed 432 Park Ave., currently the tallest residential tower in the world, for my "House Call" column (go here). For those who aren't up on street...        

Al Grey, Sinatra and the Sands

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Before I tell you what I'm writing about today, listen to this... That's trombonist Al Grey soloing on Quincy Jones's arrangement of Makin' Whoopie. The song appears on the album Sinatra at the Sands, featuring the Count Basie Orchestra live...       Related Stories Count Basie: Europe, 1972 + '76 Count Basie: Europe, 1972 Count Basie: High Voltage  

Oscar Dennard: Phantom Pianist

6 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Precious little is known about Oscar Dennard. A gifted pianist with octopus hands and superb time, Dennard made far too few recordings and wasn't alive long enough to be fully appreciated or routinely interviewed. Now, with the release of The...        

Lee Morgan: I Called Him Morgan

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Jazz is the only form of American music that comes with a built-in film noir. As a nocturnal sub-culture, jazz has its own language, its own style and its own cynical way of looking at the world. Along the way,...       Related Stories Lee Morgan: The Rajah  

Chuck Berry: (1926-2017)

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Chuck Berry, a singing electric blues guitarist with a remarkably limber stage presence who pioneered rock 'n' roll and single-handedly put the saxophone out of business as a lead R&B instrument in 1955, died on March 18. He was 90....        

Interview: Roger Kellaway

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

On Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., pianists Roger Kellaway and Peter Beets will be appearing together as a duet at New York's Sheen Center as part of producer Pat Philips' Jazz on Bleecker Street concert series. They will be...       Related Stories Interview: Marcos Valle  

Joel, Thad and Jerry

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Joel Grey for my "House Call" column on growing up in Cleveland (go here). His father was a saxophonist and clarinetist who played with local society bands and then moved the...        

The Rise of Sunshine Pop

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

For every sunny pop hit of the mid-1960s and early '70s, there were dozens of other vocal groups that recorded similarly upbeat singles. For instance, you certainly know the Mamas and the Papas California Dreamin', Gary Puckett and the Union...        

Joe Bucci: Wild About Basie!

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In the 1950s and early '60s, virtually every city in the country had a top jazz or R&B organist. If you were a club owner, the organ's ability to impersonate the tonality of virtually any instrument meant you could hire...        

Tommy LiPuma (1936-2017)

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Tommy LiPuma, a five-time Grammy winning pop and jazz record producer whose passion for music and musicians resulted in career-changing albums for a range of artists, including Randy Newman, George Benson, Bill Evans, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney and Diana Krall,...       Related Stories Claus Ogerman (1930-2016) Jazz Legends, in Their Words  

Jackie Paris + Anne Marie Moss

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Right at the peak of his recording career, when The Song Is Paris (Impulse) was released in 1962, Jackie Paris felt the jazz earth crumble beneath his feet. In the late 1940s and '50s, he had been among New York's...       Related Stories Chubby Jackson: Entitled to You  

Beatles: Eight Days a Week

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

There are only four great American stories: the American Revolution, when the country liberated itself from a monarchy; the Civil War, when the country was made whole; World War II, when the country saved the world from totalitarianism; and the...       Related Stories Three Beatles Cover Albums 9 Box Sets You Deserve American 'Rubber Soul' Rules  

Yes, Danica, and Gene

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Yes's Steve Howe, Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman for my "Anatomy of a Song" column on Roundabout, released in 1972 (go here). Researching, interviewing and writing the column was a wonderful...        

Roy Orbison: Black & White

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Until its demolition in 2005, the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd. in Hollywood was home to the Coconut Grove. The glamorous supper club and entertainment venue designed originally like an oasis tent opened in 1921, and for decades the stage...        

Gary Burton on Telephone Song

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

On May 22, 1964, the Stan Getz Quartet with Astrud Gilbert appeared at New York's Cafe Au Go Go. Among the songs they performed was the Telephone Song, by Roberto Menescal, Ronaldo Bôscoli and Norman Gimbel. The gig was recorded...        

Celso Fonseca: Like Nice

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Back in the late 1950s, when the bossa nova was first emerging in Rio de Janeiro, the music was all about a feathery touch. The acoustic guitar had to sound barely strummed, as if the breeze were whistling through the...        

Mike LeDonne: That Feelin'

3 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

I've long been a secret fan of organist Mike Le Donne. I say secret because he doesn't know (yet). I began listening to jazz in the early 1970s by collecting exciting organ combo albums. I still love Hammondites Don Patterson,...       Related Stories Harry Allen: The Candy Men Jan Lundgren: Styne and Young  

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