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Portland Brings Kids To Jazz

21 hours agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

In the windows of a Target store on a busy street corner in downtown Portland is a display of art inspired by jazz. Scattered among classic album covers, the paintings are by students who learn about the music in a program developed by Joe Maita, the president of the PDX Jazz board of directors. You […]

Remembering Larry Coryell

23 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The importance of Larry Coryell in jazz history cannot be understated. Whether you favor jazz-rock fusion or not, it was a revolutionary style that dominated jazz in the late 1960s and '70s thanks to technological advances, a shift in pop...       Related Stories Larry Coryell (1943-2017) Stanley Turrentine: 3 Videos Gary Burton: Something's Coming  

Jazz from Gallery 41 Reactivating Web Broadcasts

We have some exciting news for you. We are in the process of reactivating the Jazz from Gallery 41 web broadcast. We will be streaming music 24/7 and our format will of course cover the entire Jazz spectrum...from the Blues to the Avant-Garde. Show More Summary

Larry Coryell (1943-2017)

yesterdayMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Larry Coryell, a guitarist who played rock 'n' roll as a teen but wound up pioneering jazz-rock fusion starting in the mid-1960s and then psychedelic fusion in the early '70s, died on Feb. 19. He was 73. Born in Texas...        

Ear training with recordings, part 2

Seven years ago, I wrote a blog post about the benefits of practicing ear training with jazz recordings. In that article, I included an example of myself doing call and response, as well as improvisation, with Curtis Fuller's recording...Show More Summary

Larry Coryell Is Gone

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Guitarist Larry Coryell died over the weekend in New York City. He was 73. A pioneer of jazz-rock and fusion, throughout his career Coryell was capable of delicacy and softness in guitar lines that had roots in mainstream jazz. Nonetheless, his earliest notice came as a result of his recorded work with drummer Chico Hamilton […]

PDX Jazz Festival: Heath Bros, Jackson, Ulmer

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Jimmy Heath is 90 years old. His kid brother Albert (Tootie) is 80. They don’t act—or sound—their ages. For their concert at the Portland Jazz Festival, the Heath Brothers were billed as paying tribute to Dizzy Gillespie in the 100th anniversary year of his birth. Indeed, they played in the bebop tradition that Gillespie and […]

Prez-ident's Day: Lester Young

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

One of finest recorded versions of One O'Clock Jump features Count Basie at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. It's on the album Count Basie at Newport (Verve) and includes powerhouse solos by tenor saxophonists Lester ("Prez") Young and Illinois Jacquet,...        

Anyone who had a heart

Last week, we told you about Alessandro Alessandroni, Morricone collaborator and whistler, soundtrack and library music composer extraordinaire, central figure in Italy’s 1960s and 1970s scene. Today we bring you Prisma Sonoro, apparently his personal favourite, an album which we haven’t managed to stop listening since we stumbled upon it a few weeks ago. Prisma […]

2017 Portland Festival Report No. 1

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

The Branford Marsallis Quartet and singer Kurt Elling combined in the first major concert of the 2017 Portland, Oregon PDX Jazz Festival. A packed audience in the capacious Newmark Theater heard a performance that drew upon their recent album Upward Spiral. The principals listened intently to one another and appeared to be enjoying their work […]

McEnroe, Carroll and Tessa

4 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed John McEnroe for my "House Call" column (go here). We talked about growing up in Queens, why he disputed line calls the way he did and where his tempestuous nature comes...        

Saturday Mixtape: Grails

Today’s mixtape is brought to you by the amazing Grails.  In their own words: “Suicide Solutions are a recurring mix series that follow each Grails or Lilacs & Champagne release. Instead of a traditional mix, tracks are chopped up and...Show More Summary

Cherry Wainer: Funky Organ

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Virtually unknown in the States, Cherry Wainer was a British organist who appeared most often on German television in the 1960s as a duo with her husband, drummer Don Storer. What she lacked in time and swing she more than...       ...

Barbara Carroll (1925-2017)

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Barbara Carroll, a gifted jazz and pop pianist and singer who initially made a name for herself in New York in the late 1940s as a standout bop keyboardist with a proclivity for block chords and impeccable time, died on...        

Rifftides Heads To Portland

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

The Rifftides staff will soon be crossing the Cascade Mountains and heading west through the Columbia River Gorge to report on the Portland Jazz Festival. To be accurate, the reports will cover some of the festival. It runs eleven days in large and small halls, intimate clubs, a university lecture room, clubs, restaurants and at […]

Harry Belafonte: 1949

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In late 1948, Harry Belafonte was having trouble finding work as an actor. At the time, he was performing with New York's American Negro Theater and studying at the Dramatic Workshop of the New School in Greenwich Village. In a...        

It’s Valentine’s Day

last weekMusic / Jazz : Rifftides

Going through the Rifftides archive to see what we did on Valentine’s Days back to 2005, I discovered that links to several versions of “My Funny Valentine” have been taken down for copyright reasons. So far, the Jim Hall-Bob Brookmeyer version from the 1979 North Sea Jazz Festival has survived. This is from a period […]

Farmer, Quincy and Coltrane

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Riffs—short, repeated musical phrases—have been around since the beginning of time. From the moment man (or woman) began beating rhythms and melodies on surfaces to communicate or entertain, catchy patterns have been a highly effective way to ensure that an...       Related Stories Art Farmer + John Coltrane John Coltrane: Speak Low John Coltrane: Blue Train  

Roland Hanna: Child of Gemini

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

While on tour in Europe in early 1971, the Roland Hanna Trio was invited to record at the MPS Studios in Villingen, Germany. The trio consisted of Roland Hanna on piano, Dave Holland on bass and Daniel Humair on drums....       Related Stories Keyboard Event: 1981  

Italian Body Music

Ricardo Mazza’s first release in Yerevan Tapes is called the Hierarchy of Being, and each of its songs is a document from a journey through tundras of abstract menace. Imagine the albino geology at the beginning of The Thing, and the unspeakable things that happened there, and then…go there. Although the underlying feeling is whatever […]

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