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Brew Note

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

In the fourteen years I've been with All About Jazz, a lot has changed in the world. One can no longer get on an airplane without undergoing an MRI and a colonoscopy; the Internet now lives mostly on smartphones and tablets (and phablets, whatever the hell those are) instead of desktops and laptops;...

Louis Smith: Smithville a?' Blue Note 1594

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Sometimes, thumbing through the old Blue Note catalogue, you wish for something brand new. Something not the usual m: Jimmy Smith--m: Lee Morgan--m: Lou Donaldson--m: Horace Silver. And then you find it and wonder, "Who is this guy? And what ever happened...

John Severson's Surf Scene

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Another long day of snow and sleet in New York sent me off to my iTunes library and my surf folder. There, I have a few hundred drums-and-guitar tracks from the early 1960s by groups like the Tandems, the Vibrants...

Super Bowl's Jazz History

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Yesterday's Super Bowl was amazing—perhaps the most astonishing finish in NFL history. But the halftime show was a bit of a disappointment. A little too playful and silly for me, and not nearly enough intensity or drama. Which reminded me...

February 2015

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Dear Mr. P.C.: When I hear an old recording of myself, I'm always hoping I won't like it. Why? Because I'm still practicing and trying to get better. So I'm almost afraid to listen to old recordings in case I like them too much, because that would mean all my hard work since the recording date was f...

Eric Hofbauer Quintet: Prehistoric Jazz a?' Volumes 1 and 2

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

With sure workmanship and untamed inquisitiveness, Boston-based guitarist Eric Hofbauer is no stranger to confronting unusual yet stimulating music. Examples include 2008's uncharacteristic guitar duo The Lady of Khartoum with m: Garrison Fewell or the striking American solo series--Ameri...

Super Bowl's Jazzy Halftimes

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Yesterday's Super Bowl was amazing—perhaps the most astonishing finish in NFL history. But the halftime show was a bit of a disappointment. A little too playful and silly for me, and not nearly enough intensity or drama. Which reminded me...

International Sweethearts of Rhythm and others -- The Girls in the Band

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

The Girls in the Band Collective Eye (Educational version) 2011 That there are problems of race and gender in the history of American jazz comes as no surprise. Music, and popular music (as swing was in the 1930s and 1940s), is a part of everyday life. Why should jazz be any different? Yet the issue...

Bill Mobley, Andrew Beals, Jeff Pittson, Mark Hagan, Jimmy Madison At The Old '76 House

4 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Bill Mobley, Andrew Beals, Jeff Pittson, Mark Hagan, Jimmy Madison e: The Old 76 House e: Mark Hagan's Jazz Salon Tappan, NY January 21, 2015 m: Jimmy Madison, the first of the band to arrive, wheeled his cymbal case in on a portable carrier and surveyed the array...

Spandau Ballet SiriusXM Artist Confidential

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Spandau Ballet SiriusXM Studios Artist Confidential January 20,2014 A small group of 40 and 50-something men and women huddled outside of the McGraw Hill building in New York City in a cluster, kidding around, eager for a glance or maybe an autograph, toting odds and ends of memorabilia under arms c...

Zhenya Strigalev's Smiling Organizm: Robin Goodie

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

It's always interesting to discover how the rest of the world views your country and this, the second album by Strigalev's six piece Smiling Organizm, was apparently inspired by his time in England. So while we might reasonably expect a paean to the joys of tea, queue etiquette and appalling public...

Weekend Wax Bits

last monthMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In this week's Wall Street Journal, I interviewed Padma Lakshmi, host of TV's Top Chef. I've always been curious about her Indian heritage, and I finally had a chance to ask her about it for my "House Call" column in...

Gov't Mule -- Warren Haynes: The Timeline of Sco-Mule and Beyond

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

By all accounts, m: Warren Haynes is known to be an upbeat forward-thinking individual. In this recent conversation however, he is borderline ebullient. And why not? Last October he aided immeasurably in bringing the forty-five year career of the m: Allman Brothers Band to a...

Benny Golson -- Golson and Trane Dissed in Philly (circa 1944)

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

This article was originally published at All About Jazz in 1999. m: John Coltrane and m: Benny Golson stand among the major figures of jazz in the second half of the twentieth century, Coltrane primarily as a player and Golson primarily as a composer. But in 1944 Philadelphia t...

Lyle Mays: Lyle Mays

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Lyle Mays Lyle MaysGeffen Records1986 Today's Rediscovery falls under the category of "where is he now?" I first heard of keyboardist Lyle Mays in 1977, when m: Gary Burton's quartet (with guest m: Eberhard Weber), played at the Glebe Collegiate High School auditorium in my ho...

Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: 1963

last monthMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

In 1962, Annie Ross had to take a health break from the wildly successful vocal trio Lambert, Hendrix & Ross. In her place, Yolande Bavan was hired. When I interviewed Yolande in 2007 three months after starting this blog, she...

McCoy Tyner with Geri Allen and Kenny Barron at SFJAZZ

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

McCoy Tyner with Geri Allen and Kenny Barron SFJAZZ San Francisco, CA January 18, 2015 Three of the jazz world's best known pianists recently came together at e: SFJAZZ in jny: San Francisco, California for a memorable triptych of styles. Heading the bill was piano patriarch {{m: McC...

Dust Bowl Rodeo a?' Red Eye Gravy

last monthMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

When Nathaniel asked Philip, "Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Nathaniel could have been referring to East Oklahoma. Or, that is what many think. But Oklahoma is the home of not a few pivotal musicians. The flat terrain, constant wind, and warm sun proved quite fertile for musicians...

Video: Art Pepper, 1964

last monthMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

Right after recording Smack Up in October 1960, Art Pepper took the cash from the session and went to a friend's house to buy two condoms of heroin. What he didn't know when he exited is that the residence was...

Jazz from Gallery 41 Playlist - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Noon - 3 pm Pacific

Jazz from Gallery 41 Playlist - Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Noon - 3 pm Pacific Streaming 24/7 – Live Broadcasts Monday through Friday Now also available on iTunes Radio Artist / Song Title / Album Title (Label) David Gibson / TheShow More Summary

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