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Video: Dave Brubeck, 1971

yesterdayMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

I've been on a bit of a Dave Brubeck jag ever since architect and pal Bev Thorne died last week (go here). Yesterday, I came across this splendid newly surfaced video of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, featuring Paul Desmond, with...       Related Stories 5 Albums That Cast a Spell Mulligan, Brubeck & Desmond Video: Mulligan in Rome, 1959  

Jazz from Gallery 41 - Playlist "Outside, Inside-Out, All Kinds Of Sides" Monday 11 December 2017 (3-6 pm PST)

Playlist: Monday 11 December 2017 / 3 - 6 pm PSTPremier of a new addition to our program schedule:"Outside, Inside-Out, All Kinds Of Sides" Bobby Bradford & John Carter Quintet / Loves's Dream / NoUTurn (Dark Tree Records) Bobby Bradford...Show More Summary

Billy May: The Transcriptions

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Something happened in the 1950s. Actually two things did. The generation that grew up during the Depression and fought in World War II turned 40 in 1955. Just as they blew out the candles, the long-playing album expanded from 10...       Related Stories In the Studio: Frank, Nat & Peggy Sinatra in the Studio: 1967 Pete Brady: Exciting New Voice  

Box Sets for the Holidays

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Like many JazzWax readers, jazz is my first love. But I also love rock, pop, folk, soul, reggae, bossa nova and anything else that's great, no matter the genre. If you share my appetite, here are 10 new box sets...        

Daniel, Howard and Duke

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed French chef Daniel Boulud, owner of 13 restaurants, five of which are New York, including Daniel (go here). Chef talked about growing up on his family farm near Lyon in the...     ...

Beverley Thorne (1924-2017)

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Beverley "David" Thorne, one of the last Case Study architects and the designer of Dave and Iola Brubeck's modernist homes in California and Connecticut, died December 6 in Sonoma, Calif. He was 93. (Photo above of Beverley Thorne, left, with...       Related Stories Dave Brubeck: Zurich '64 Mulligan, Brubeck & Desmond  

A beginning is a very delicate time.

When I was a lot younger I was convinced that the best track on an album would be its last one.  When the album was king, the band/artist/whatever would make some attempt at sequencing their work, which usually involved placing their epic/wigout/experimental track last.  This led to the situation where I’d just skip to the […]

John Plonsky: Cool Man Cool

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The 1950s provide us with an endless bounty of tasty trumpet players whose names are largely forgotten or unfamiliar. On Monday I posted about Johnny Glasel and his Brasstet. Today, I'm focusing on John Plonsky and his sole leadership album,...        

Books for the Holidays

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Quiet time around the holidays is perfect for stretching out on the sofa with a new book. Here are 10 books that are ideal for that snowy afternoon or as gifts for family and friends: Lou Reed: A Life (Little,...        

Johnny Glasel: The Brasstet

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Last week, I misspelled a musician's name in a post. Actually, to be more precise, I picked up information from The Jazz Discography that incorrectly listed trumpeter Johnny Glasel as "Jimmy." The error brought an corrective email from my dear...        

Mundell Lowe (1922-2017)

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Mundell Lowe, an impeccable jazz guitarist, arranger and talent scout who recorded on many important East Coast jazz albums and introduced Bill Evans to Riverside producer Orrin Keepnews in the mid-1950s, died on December 2. He was 95. Few guitarists...       Related Stories Another Anita O'Day Video  

Music for board-gaming

History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. We started our imaginative careers in sci-fi and fantasy worlds of literature and role-playing. Later, we applied the sense-making apparatus thus developed to process music into kinaesthetic scenarios where beats stomped like the boots of space commandos, and synths unfurled in front of your eyes like the evil […]

Mavis, Urbie and Chris

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

With the holidays fast approaching, order my new paperback edition of "Anatomy of a Song" (Grove) for your dad, mom or brothers and sisters who love jukebox hits from 1952 to 1991. Not only will they experience the stories behind...        

Saturday mixtape: Myxomatosis

Life is short. Filled with stuff. Don’t know what for. Some ball of various stuff. Like the love of your friends. That’s the important stuff. The rest never got going. But i have a business proposition. I learned all I know. By the age of nine. But I could better myself. If I could only […]

Video: Woody Herman, 1964

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In July 1964, the Woody Herman Orchestra appeared on the BBC2's Jazz 625 TV show. The show's title referred to the number of lines it used on the UHF frequency. The band put on a sterling performance, showcasing punchy trumpets,...       Related Stories History of Early Autumn Ralph Burns: Swingin' Herd Ralph Burns: Warm for Jazz  

Video: Bill Evans in Umbria

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

On July 19, 1978, pianist Bill Evans was at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Terni, Italy. He was accompanied by bassist Mark Johnson and drummer Philly Joe Jones. A few weeks ago, 28 minutes of the trio playing that night...       Related Stories 5 Albums That Cast a Spell Bill Evans: Another Time Video: Many Faces of Bird  

Leo Richardson: The Chase

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

News this week that Britain's Prince Harry's will marry American actress Meghan Markle in May isn't the only good word about British-American relations. Yesterday, I listened to British tenor saxophonist Leo Richardson's new album. It pays tribute to American hard...        

Tubby Hayes: Back in Town

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

While performing in New York in June 1962, British tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes had an opportunity to record for Smash, Mercury's newly formed jazz subsidiary. Smash was run by Shelby Singleton, a Mercury executive with pop sensibilities. What was remarkable...       Related Stories Terry Gibbs: Take It From Me Al Cohn and Dexter Gordon Bobby Darin: In a Broadway Bag  

Chris Connor: Atlantic Singles

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Scrambling to avoid being caught short when the pop album format expanded in 1955 from 10 to 12 inches, Atlantic rapidly began adding singers to its artists rostet. In '56, the label signed Chris Connor after she left Bethlehem Records....       Related Stories Chris Connor: Gershwin Almanac Chris Connor: Live with Kenton Jeanne Lee: All About Ronnie  

Rose Marie, Jon and Kenny

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Rose Marie (go here), who was a singing star before Shirley Temple was born. Best known now as Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rose Marie was a pal...        

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