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Big Band Report

Farewell, Sir John

By Published: March 4, 2010
After an intermission, the AJO delved into a pair of tantalizing charts by Sturm, "The Goodbye Look" and Australian-inspired "Didgeridoo," before Wendholt and the ensemble wrapped things up with the trumpeter's "Her Allure," the well-named "Abstraktes Bild," Johnny Green's classic "Body and Soul" and Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
Wayne Shorter
b.1933
saxophone
's free-flowing "Black Nile." Besides Wendholt and Shew, the evening's admirable soloists included tenor saxophonist Lee Taylor, trombonist Ben Finberg and pianist Chris Ishee. Bassist Maren Hatch and drummer Chase Ellison provided a durable foundation for their improvisations. A delightful concert from beginning to end.

Remembering Stacy Rowles

A day-long memorial service and celebration of the life of trumpeter Stacy Rowles

Stacy Rowles
Stacy Rowles
1955 - 2009
, who died October 27 2009 at age 54 from injuries sustained in an auto accident a month earlier, was held January 10 in the recently remodeled auditorium at the Musicians Union in Hollywood, California. A number of groups and musicians performed including several with whom Rowles had played including The Peak Experience, led by bassist Mike Peak; the Jazz Birds, a quintet formed by Rowles and the late multi-instrumentalist Betty OHara in the 1980s; and saxophonist Ann Patterson's superb big band, Maiden Voyage. The attendance was large, the sentiments heartfelt, the result a wonderful tribute to a brilliant and well-loved musician.

New Jazz Film to Probe Early Deaths

Howard Fischer, an attorney who founded the New York Jazz Museum in 1972, is producing and directing a new film, They Died Before 40, designed to examine and shed light on the early deaths of such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, Herschel Evans

Herschel Evans
Herschel Evans
1909 - 1939
saxophone
, Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian
Charlie Christian
1916 - 1942
guitar, electric
, Fats Waller
Fats Waller
Fats Waller
1904 - 1943
piano
, Jimmy Blanton
Jimmy Blanton
Jimmy Blanton
1918 - 1942
bass, acoustic
, Bunny Berigan
Bunny Berigan
Bunny Berigan
1908 - 1942
trumpet
, Clifford Brown, Chick Webb
Chick Webb
Chick Webb
1905 - 1939
drums
, Chu Berry
Chu Berry
Chu Berry
1910 - 1941
sax, tenor
and more. "Through archival film footage, photographs, reminiscences and expert discourse," Fischer writes, the film will delve into the lives of these musicians, "develop an appreciation of their artistry and reveal how and why their careers were cut short." Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and a renowned jazz historian, author, editor and archivist, is to serve as a consultant for the film that will also examine the lives and careers of Bix Beiderbecke
Bix Beiderbecke
Bix Beiderbecke
1903 - 1931
cornet
, Fats Navarro
Fats Navarro
Fats Navarro
1923 - 1950
trumpet
, Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
1922 - 1960
bass
, Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
Eric Dolphy
1928 - 1964
reeds
, Paul Chambers
Paul Chambers
Paul Chambers
1935 - 1969
bass, acoustic
, Serge Chaloff
Serge Chaloff
Serge Chaloff
b.1923
sax, baritone
, Sonny Berman
Sonny Berman
b.1925
, Frank Teschemacher, Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
1938 - 1972
trumpet
and about a dozen others. Film footage, photographs and documents are being sought along with reminiscences from friends, family members, musicians and others who knew any of those to be profiled. Contact Howard Fischer by phone at 212-579-0689 or by e-mail, hfis646942@aol.com

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