Jazz from Gallery 41: Playlist - Wednesday, 30 August 2017 Streaming 24/7 - Live shows Monday thru Friday Noon to 3 pm Pacific Listen Now to Jazz from Gallery 41 Artist / Track / Album Title / Label ____________________________________...Show More Summary
Many Americans born in the 1950s like to think of London in 1961 as a set from My Fair Lady. Lots of rosy-cheeked Julie Andrews types, coal fireplaces, afternoon tea and men rushing about in forest-green tweed. In these cinematic... Related Stories Jazz Goes Mod, 1961
Curious about the name of a small, imaginative jazz record company named Cuneiform, I asked Joyce Feigenbaum, the company’s publicist, who is married to the owner, how the label’s name came about. This is her reply: I’m actually an art historian by academic training (B.A. & M.A.), not an archeologist, a modernist. BUT I’m not […]
Back in 1971, when I began to listen steadily to jazz, I was nuts about an album that had come out that year by Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons called You Talk That Talk. I was a freshman in high... Related Stories Al Cohn and Dexter Gordon Thelonious Monk: Movie Music Jazz Cultural Theatre Lives!
When Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's musical The Roar of the Greasepaint — the Smell of the Crowd hit Broadway in 1965, it was a followup to their collaboration on Stop the World — I Want to Get Off (1962).... Related Stories Ben Webster + Ahmad Jamal Nat Hentoff (1925-2017) Young People's Concerts: Jazz
The most recent visit to Sweden stays with me more than three weeks after my return. In great part, that is because music I heard at the Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival refuses to leave my head. A piece played in Ystad by more than one group hangs on persistently and delightfully. It is “De Sålde […]
In this week's Wall Street Journal, I interviewed novelist Sue Grafton (go here), who's known for book titles pegged to alphabet letters (Y Is for Yesterday is her latest). She grew up in a stressful household in Louisville, Ky. Fearful...
Jazz from Gallery 41: Playlist - Friday, 25 August 2017 Streaming 24/7 - Live shows Monday thru Friday Noon to 3 pm Pacific Listen Now to Jazz from Gallery 41 Artist / Track / Album Title / Label ____________________________________Show More Summary
Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer co-led one of the great small bands of the last half of the twentieth century. In the group Terry (1920-2015) concentrated on the flugelhorn, which he played—as he did the trumpet—with fluency, feeling, technique and humor that make him to this day a model and inspiration for brass players. Brookmeyer […]
Let's end the week with clips of Frank Sinatra singing in films between 1942 and 1951, when he was still idolized by women and before middle-aged men stole him away in the mid-1950s: Here's Sinatra singing Poor You from Ship... Related Stories Peggy Lee: Jan. 1945 Al Grey, Sinatra and the Sands The Intimate Keely Smith
At 20JFG we construct elaborate worlds in order to better describe the sounds we hear. But every now and again we hear something that does such an exceptional job on its own that our words should really be as minimal as possible. So here goes. The Underground Sound of Rome’s 1991 release, Secret Doctrine, is […]
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about singer Bev Kelly and included a track of her singing Long Ago and Far Away live in San Francisco in 1960. After her first run through the song, Bev introduced her pianist...
John Abercrombie, a guitarist of stylistic flexibility and uncompromising musical vision, died today in a hospital in New York’s Hudson River Valley. He was 72. Abercrombie suffered a stroke early this year and succumbed to heart failure. For an extensive obituary that incorporates videos and a lengthy transcribed interview, see Peter Hum’s article in the […]
Jazz from Gallery 41 Playlist - Wednesday 23 August 20Streaming 24/7 - Live shows Monday thru Friday Noon to 3 pm PacificListen Now to Jazz from Gallery 41Deep bows of Respect and Gratitude to John Abercrombie and his music...R.I.P.Artist...Show More Summary
As summer progresses and the rose garden takes on a certain fetching raggedness, it’s time for a Rifftides tribute to the season. There may be dozens of pieces of music that would be appropriate. The staff has chosen three classics. Dave Brubeck wrote “Summer Song,” with lyrics by his wife Iola. Louis Armstrong sang it——on […]
Inspired by pianist Lennie Tristano, tenor saxophonist Ted Brown (above) came up in what we now call the cool school of jazz. Saxophonists who played in this style tended to blow in dryer, pastel tones while keeping a rigid sense... Related Stories Konitz and Marsh: Half Note Warne Marsh: Dec. 1975 Warne Marsh: Dahoud
There were only seven musicians on Oliver Nelson's The Blues and the Abstract Truth in February 1961. But as Creed Taylor, the album's producer, told me in an interview in 2008, the extraordinary way Nelson arranged the septet enabled them... Related Stories Oliver Nelson: Fantabulous
Tommy Smith, Embodying The Light: A Dedication To John Coltrane (Spartacus Records) Fifty years ago in the aftermath of John Coltrane’s death, it would have seemed unlikely that a definitive tribute to the saxophone master would someday come from a Scottish tenor player. Yet, so universal is Coltrane’s presence in jazz and so deeply has […]
Bill Mays and I have frequently been asked whether our History Of Jazz Piano project would ever be available to the public. After a good deal of discussion, attention to detail and audio remastering, the answer is yes. The concert is now a free download on Bill’s website. We have performed the History three times […]
Jerry Lewis, whose geeky, high-strung brand of humor starting in the late 1940s made him a national sensation and early TV star while still in his 20s and whose seemingly ad-libbed routines as a befuddled jerk in '60s films influenced...