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The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

12 hours agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

The legendary photographer, W Eugene Smith, in the fifties through the early 1970s when he was evicted after a dispute with his landlord, rented floors in a Sixth Avenue building in the 'Flower District' of Manhattan. Smith had been a famed photo journalist for Life Magazine and is renown for his pictures of Pittsburgh. Show More Summary

George Gershwin Inducted Into DownBeat Hall of Fame

2 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

George Gershwin's An American in Paris In his August 2017 article on George Gershwin that accompanies his selection by the Veterans Committee to the DownBeat Hall of Fame, John McDonough writes that Gershwin is the most important figure in the literature of the jazz repertoire. Show More Summary

The Greg Hatza ORGANization Diggin' Up My Roots

2 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

The Greg Hatza ORGANizationDiggin' Up My RootsFlip RecordsHammond B-3 master Greg Hatza was playing g boogie woogie on the piano at the age of 5 growing up in Reading, Pennsylvania. Growing up on classic R&B, he becoming obsessed with the Hammond B-3 after hearing Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy McGriff. Show More Summary

IBSC 60 Jimmy Pryor and the Bad Boys of the Blues, Woody Update!

Big show! Jimmy Pryor with the Bad Boys of the Blues!!! Live, at the Fred Maytag bowl in Newton Iowa, at the Bowlful of Blues put on by the South Skunk Blues Society. Jimmy is joined by Tom Gary, Jon East, Scott Cochran, and Brian Connett. Show More Summary

DownBeat's Hall of Fame Celebrates Eubie Blake

3 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Eubie Blake in Berlin in 1972 playing several of his most famous compositions, Charleston Rag, I'm Just Wild About Harry and Memories of You. Among the three individuals selected by the Veterans Committee for DownBeat's Hall of Fame was James Hubert Blake (February 7, 1887 - February 12, 1983), known as Eubie Blake. Show More Summary

Looking back at John Hammond on Vanguard and Pointblank

5 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

John Hammond Verve & Pointblank Releases Verve / Pointblank Jerry Wexler writes in the notes to John Hammond’s new Pointblank release Trouble No More that Hammond is the greatest roots blues practitioner of this generation and Hammond...Show More Summary

Charlie Owen Worth the Wait

6 days agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Charlie Owen Worth the Wait Like the prodigal son, DC native Chartlie Owen has returned to the DMV (Distict-Maryland-Virginia) after decades on the West coast where he fronted the Dynatones as well as part of the house band at various venues. Show More Summary

Herbie Nichols Honored In DownBeat Hall of Fame

Herbie Nichols recording of The Third World "It's about time" was a common comment on Facebook regarding the selection of Herbie Nichols to DownBeat's Hall of Fame. Nichols was one of three selected by the Veterans Committee (the others...Show More Summary

A.K.A. Doc Pomus

A couple decades ago I wrote a review of Johnny Adams album, "Walking On a Tightrope" for Living Blues and out of the blue I received a call from Doc Pomus telling me he enjoyed my review, especially an observation I made about the recording and its overall sound, not simply the excellent singing from Johnny Adams. Show More Summary

Don Cherry Honored By DownBeat Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Don Cherry for his selection in the DownBeat Critics Poll to the magazine's Hall of Fame. Cherry, with his pocket trumpet was an important part of Ornette Coleman's "Change of the Century." In addition to being a vital...Show More Summary

Thanks for the emails

Thanks for the emails. I obviously need to check my hotmail more often:-) Just for promoters please read this! I don't do reviews. I haven't reviewed a band in years. If you want to be on the show you can contact me at I prefer to talk to the artists and not third parties. Thanks!Tom GaryBlues Historian

IBSC 59 Oliver Riley and the Blues Notions

Tonight its the amazing Oliver Riley and the Blues Notions from circa 1988. Oliver was one of the best blues guitarist and vocals to come out of Kansas City, that unfortunately no one knows about. Oliver played on the edge and legend...Show More Summary

Vince Giordano - There's a Future In Our Past

This is a trailer for a film I recently purchased as a download. For those not familiar with Vince Giordano, he has led a small big band, The Nighthawks for about 4 decades that focuses on the hot and sweet music of the 1920s and 1930s,...Show More Summary

Muddy Waters Paris 1972

Muddy WatersParis 1972Pablo A part of Norman Granz’ Jazz at the Philharmonic Series of recordings (that includes albums by Ray Charles and Cannonball Adderley) this is a valuable new live recording of Muddy waters from a quarter-century past. Show More Summary

Tas Cru Simmered and Stewed

Tas CruSimmered and StewedVizzToneOne of Tas Cru's earlier albums was titled "Grizzle n' Bone" and that is a fair approach to his blues with roots accents. His crusty, seasoned singing is matched with his very adept songwriting and solid, adept guitar, ably supported by some fine studio musicians. Show More Summary

The New Vision Sax Ensemble Musical Journey Through Time

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

The New Vision Sax EnsembleMusical Journey Through TimeZaki PublishingBased in southern Florida, The New Vision Sax Ensemble is a saxophone quartet comprised of Diron Holloway on Soprano, Alto Sax and clarinet; James Lockhart on Alto Sax; Jason Hainsworth on Tenor Sax and Melton Mustafa on Baritone Sax. Show More Summary

John Nemeth Feelin' Freaky

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

John Nemeth Feelin' Freaky Memphis Grease Records The veteran blue-eyed blues and rhythm singer and harmonica player has a new release featuring his band, The Blue Dreamers, along with some crack Memphis musicians on eleven Nemeth originals. Show More Summary

IBSC 58 John Wood, LIving Stones, John Lukehart, and Tina Hass Finley

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : Blues Historian

Another cool show! Starts off with Where in the World is Woody featuring John Woody Wood, then the Living Stones. Followed by John Lukehart. Then the show ends with Tina Haas Finley and the worlds most dangerous blues jam. The show was originally recorded in October of 2003. Show More Summary

Kim Wilson That’s Life

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Kim WilsonThat’s LifeAntone’sKim Wilson’s second Antone’s album showcases his considerable talent as a singer, harmonica player and songwriter. It is comprised of Wilson’s originals and some covers of tunes that haven’t been done to tedium. Show More Summary

Paul Rishell Swear To Tell The Truth

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

Paul Rishell Swear To Tell The Truth Tone Cool / Rounder Boston area blues artist Paul Rishell works both in an acoustic as well as an electric band vein. Swear To Tell The Truth is his second Tone-Cool album, and like his earlier one features both sides of his blues persona, although the focus is mostly on his acoustic side. Show More Summary

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