Listen to "St. Louis Blues" In a long caption in my book, Preservation Hall (W.W. Norton, 1991), I told the story, quoted below, of the Humphreys' long lives and distinguished lineage. I never met their trombonist brother, Earl, who died relatively young. Show More Summary
Piano reductions of orchestral and vocal scores are a tradition meeting two ends. First, for the transcriber to show off his arrangement and performance abilities. Franz Liszt made a cottage industry of this. Second, to produce sheet...Show More Summary
I have two articles in today's Wall Street Journal—a "House Call" column for the Mansion section on Sonny Rollins (link soon) and an "Anatomy of a Song" column for the Arena section on the Four Tops' Reach Out I'll Be...
The Bad Plus. I started listening to The Bad Plus when I was 19. Mainly because at the time I was into a lot of noise and math rock and these guys brought a new style of music to the table. They have a rocky, angular vibe and I love their time signature changes and rhythms. Show More Summary
Just as they say about London buses, you wait ages for one to come along and then two arrive at once. Hot on the heels of Bell Trove Spools, comes another m: John Butcher solo album, Winter Gardens. The main difference between them is that this one is a vinyl LP release rather than a CD. Show More Summary
The 32nd class of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters was formally inducted on January 14, 2013. Numbering just four, this was the smallest class since the threesome of 2003. The following year, new NEA Chairman Dana Gioia upped the ante to six and added the new category of the A. B. Spellman Jazz Advocacy Award, which writer Nat Hentoff was the first to receive...
Jazzablanca Festival 2013 Casablanca, Morocco March 30--April 4,2013 A chronological scan through the list of artists who have played in jazzablanca Festival for the last seven years reveals a strong wish to improve and position the event as a leading jazz festival in Morocco, beside Tanjazz in Tangiers and jazz au Chellah in Rabat. Show More Summary
Some of the biggest girl-group hits in the '60s were co-written by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. The list includes Be My Baby and Baby I Love You (the Ronettes), Leader of the Pack (the Shangri-Las), Chapel of Love (the...
Jazz from Gallery 41 Playlist - Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – 11 am - 2 pm Pacific Streaming 24/7 – Live Broadcasts Monday through Friday Artist / Song Title / Album Title (Label) Trevor Anderies / Three-Four vs. Six-Eight Four-Four Ways...Show More Summary
Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz Duo 55 Bar New York, NY April 20, 2013 Informality and high art don't typically walk hand-in-hand but, every now and then, when the stars align, these two ideals find a happy marriage. Such was the case when vocalist Kate McGarry and guitarist m: Keith Ganz came into town to play a gig at 55 Bar. Show More Summary
I currently live in: Oak Park, IL I joined All About Jazz in: 2006 What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I have grown up on jazz and it has been one of my passions. At one point in time I had considered being a full time writer. Show More Summary
I currently live in: Jerusalem, Israel I joined All About Jazz in: 2004 What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? At first, All About Jazz provided me a way to express my thoughts, insights and feelings about certain albums that I was listening to, and shared with other friends, online and in private talks. Show More Summary
Earlier this week I received an email from a publicist representing Rachelle Spector—wife of imprisoned Wall of Sound producer Phil Spector. Along with the email's content was a link to a new music video featuring Rachelle, 32, singing P.S. I...
Since its launch in 2010, the SmallsLIVE record label has been offering a substantial sampling of the outstanding jazz talent consistently featured at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City's Greenwich Village. Musicians who appear on the...Show More Summary
There are four potent musical personalities at play on Songs I Like A Lot. The first is the erstwhile leader, drummer John Hollenbeck, musical raconteur and general high-art roustabout. He has had a long association with vocalist m:Show More Summary
Stanford Jazz Orchestra, directed by Fredrick Berry Guest Artist: m: Rufus Reid Bing Concert Hall Event
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The big band era didn't come to an end at the end of World War II. People just stopped dancing to them. In the late '40s fans went to theaters and concert halls to hear bands, and in the '50s...
"Better Git It in Your Soul," a perspicacious jazz man once communicated in a song title more than half a century ago. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington wasn't even born yet, but she sure did have it in her soul upon arrival. Long before...Show More Summary
Click on YouTube to listen to the Old Eureka Band, led from the 1930s by m: Percy Humphrey. Tops in the city as late as the 1950s, its joyous processions were marked by a dignity and decorum since overtaken by the wild and garish. Photos by Tom Sharpsteen, compiled with sound by m: Clint Baker and m: Katie Cavera, used here with permission...
Meet Jeffrey Gimble: Born and raised in Houston, TX, Gimble grew up going to the gigs of his saxophone-playing father Maynard, who had a popular big band in the '60s and '70s. Despite his natural curiosity for jazz, he was drawn instead...Show More Summary