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Interview: Pat Senatore

14 hours agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Back in September, I posted on the V.I.P. Trio, a group featuring Cedar Walton (p), Pat Senatore (b) and Billy Higgins (d) that recorded two superb albums of standards for Japan's California Breeze label in Los Angeles in 1988. Though...        

Billy, Aretha and Marty

2 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Now in paperback. On Nov. 21, my book, Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Ionic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop (Grove), will be available in paperback in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. A literary...        

Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1966

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

And on this final day of my four-part series of tributes to Dizzy Gillespie, I saved the best for last: In November 1966, Jazz at the Philharmonic was in London. In the following video, we get to hear producer Norman...       Related Stories Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1969 From 'Rambo' to 'Lo-Fi' Video: Dizzy in Denmark, 1970  

Video: Dizzy in Denmark, 1970

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Day #3 of my Dizzy Gillespie tribute. Today, a concert video of Gillespie with the Kenny Clarke–Francy Boland Big Band at the Tivoli Gardens Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, on November, 4 1970. And what a monster big band it...       Related Stories Dizzy Gillespie at Cornell in 1947 Doc: Dizzy Gillespie, 1990 Dizzy Gillespie + Sonny Stitt: '58  

Dizzy Gillespie at Cornell in 1947

5 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In early October 1947, Billy Shaw, a partner in the Gale booking agency, announced in Downbeat magazine that client Dizzy Gillespie and his big band would be performing at Cornell University on October 18. Why would a big band that...       Related Stories Doc: Dizzy Gillespie, 1990 Dizzy Gillespie + Sonny Stitt: '58 From 'Rambo' to 'Lo-Fi'  

Doc: Dizzy Gillespie, 1990

6 days agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In 1990, a documentary about trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie was released that featured not a word of voiceover narration. Instead, To Bop or Not to Be: A Jazz Life, by Norwegian director Jan Horne, simply featured musician interviews in English, concert...       Related Stories Dizzy Gillespie + Sonny Stitt: '58 From 'Rambo' to 'Lo-Fi' Jazz Legends, in Their Words  

Gene Ammons: Blue Groove

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Between 1961 and '62, tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons was struggling with a menacing heroin habit. His sizable number of recording sessions during these years was partly due to his need for cash. Ammons's first arrest, conviction and prison term lasted...       Related Stories Leo Parker: Savoy, 1947 Brother Jack Meets the Boss  

Mercedes, Dizzy and Bill

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed actress Mercedes Ruehl for my "House Call" column on growing up around the country with her F.B.I. agent dad and her mom (go here). Mercedes caught the acting bug after her...     ...

In the Studio: Frank, Nat & Peggy

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The recording studio is a fascinating place—for a guest. For those who work there, it can be a place of long hours and creative struggle. Art and perfection rarely come easy, and I've found that every great song has a...       Related Stories Peggy Lee: Jan. 1945 Sinatra in the Studio: 1967 Peter Brady: Exciting New Voice  

Tropical Frieze

Group Rhoda return to these pages with the most excellent Minimal Synth Bossa Nova jams. Trespass does what Group Rhoda does so well and weaves multiple disparate moods together into a beguiling whole.  Her vocals, as always, at once deadpan and almost operatic.  Like locking into a piercing stare while the world explodes into colour […]

Sinatra in the Studio: 1967

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In 1967, Frank Sinatra was in the studio to record Younger Than Springtime. The following clip was part of a TV special, Movin' With Nancy, as in Nancy Sinatra, the singer's daughter. Billy Strange is conducting and Lee Hazelwood is...       Related Stories Peter Brady: Exciting New Voice Pete Brady: Exciting New Voice The Things We Did Last Summer  

Grady Tate (1932-2017)

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Grady Tate, one of the most prolific drummers in the soul-jazz era beginning in the early 1960s who recorded on nearly 700 sessions and who easily could have had a career as a vocalist, died on October 8. He was...        

History of Indian Summer

last weekMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In 1904, Victor Herbert (above) resigned as leader of the Pittsburgh Symphony to form the Victor Herbert Orchestra. He was determined to take a run at commercial success by performing operettas in New York. The operetta predated the musical and...        

M. Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Born in Argentina, Lalo Schifrin (above) is a member of a small club of 1950s jazz musicians who launched successful careers composing film scores in the 1960s and beyond. The list includes Johnny Mandel, John Towner Williams, Neal Hefti, Henry...        

Jane, Nelson and Wardell

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Jane Goodall for my "House Call" column (go here). Jane, of course, is the primatologist who pioneered the study of chimpanzees by living among them in Tanzania in 1960. When Jane...        

History of Early Autumn

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In 1946, the classically inclined arranger Ralph Burns brought an Impressionist three-part suite to bandleader Woody Herman called Summer Sequence. As Gary Giddens notes in Visions of Jazz, Herman recorded the three parts in September '46, when saxophonist Flip Phillips... Show More Summary

Remains of the Wave

Today we bring you new music from the simply (and accurately) named, Katy & Nick.  Katy being Katy Cotterell of Gloss Rejection and Nick Carlisle of Bamboo. They only have two songs on the internet and both trade in haunting synth wave.  This, though, is a very British synth wave.  A punk-y, abrasive synth wave, […]

Bill Charlap: Uptown, Downtown

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

The last time I saw pianist Bill Charlap was in July at 92Y's Jazz in July series in New York, where he directed one of the most spectacular jazz concerts I've seen in some time. Bill's trio backed Jimmy Heath...       Related Stories Interview: Aaron Diehl Gerry Mulligan: Bern, 1990 Interview: Bill Charlap  

Leo Parker: Savoy, 1947

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Leo Parker is one of the most under-recorded and under-appreciated baritone saxophonists of the bebop era. Like many jazz musicians in the late 1940s and early '50s, Parker succumbed to drug addiction and recorded far too little as a leader....       Related Stories Junior Mance Film Effort Dave Brubeck: Zurich '64 Bill Jennings and Leo Parker  

Art Pepper w/ Sheldon and Manne

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Laurie's Loophole would have been a great song title if Art Pepper had decided to name an original song after his wife's ingenious discovery. In 1979, Laurie Pepper spotted a way around her husband Art Pepper's contract with Fantasy/Galaxy Records....       Related Stories Art Pepper: At the Movies Art Pepper: More West Coast Art Pepper Quartet: Nov. 1956  

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