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Bob Dorough: Eulalia

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Cherry Hill Township is located in Perry County about 50 miles west of Little Rock. Cherry Hill is also the birthplace of singer Bob Dorough, born December 12, 1923. Dorough left Arkansas soon after, his family moving to Texas, where he would begin his musical education that, 70 years later would bring him to Eulalia, his follow-up to last year's Duets (Self Produced). While Dorough's music smacks of East Coast sophistication, his voice retains the rural grace of his home state. Dorough's voice is like that of the Broadway lyricist singing his or her own song: it is not beautiful ...

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Bob Dorough: Eulalia

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Hipness springs eternal from the mind, mouth and hands of Bob Dorough. The cool-as-can be Schoolhouse Rock! songsmith who's worked with everybody from trumpeter Miles Davis to precocious singer-songwriter Nellie McKay may have turned ninety in December of 2013, but age hasn't slowed him down too much; his wit is still razor-sharp and he still has a way of charming and disarming with his work. This collection of music, recorded a couple years before the aforementioned milestone birthday, is full of smile-inducing gems. Dorough delivers a Brazilian-tinged, definition-driven delicacy ("Love (Webster's Dictionary")), a bop paean ("To Be ...

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Bob Dorough: Duets

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Is vocalist/pianist/composer Bob Dorough the Mose Allison of Cherry Hill, Arkansas or is Mose Allison the Bob Dorough of Tippo, Mississippi? The two are famously linked by geographic origin: the country South, time period: '50s to the present, and vocation: singing, songwriting jazzmen. The two also share timeless voices, full of Southern dry dust and humus. Jason Isbell wrote in “Outfit": ..."don't worry about losing your accent, a southern man tells better jokes." And Dorough and Allison have taken that to heart for 60 years each. Dorough, the elder of the two, had a ...

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Bob Dorough & Friends: Through the Years

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There was a sense of familiarity when I listened to the late night jazz radio concert introduced as Three Duos and a Trio circa 1983-84. The voices seemed stunningly familiar. Upon further investigation, I came to realize that those voices had been a part of my life for years, influencing an entire generation. The voices and piano riffs were those of Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, and Blossom Dearie, accompanied by Bill Takas on bass. Those voices also brought to life the wonderful '70s phenomenon known as Schoolhouse Rock, a collection of brilliant musical vignettes produced for Saturday ...

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Bob Dorough: Small Day Tomorrow

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At a party to celebrate his 100th birthday, pianist Eubie Blake, a glass of whiskey in one hand, a cigar in the other, is reported to have observed: “If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself." Way to go. (Blake died five days later--but he'd made his point.)

At 82, it sounds like Bob Dorough really has taken care of himself. He's lived in the fast lane since the '50s, but he whoops, hollers, soars and romances through this album like someone half his age, and attacks the piano ...

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Bob Dorough: Sunday at Iridium

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If a singer doesn't have a great voice, he (or she) would be well-served by having a keen sense of humor. Singer/songwriter Bob Dorough doesn't have a great voice, but he has a good one, which he uses ingeniously, and as for the sense of humor--well, he once served for two years as music director for boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, and if that's not funny, I don't know what is. (Sugar Ray actually enjoyed a brief career as a singer/entertainer once his boxing skills had faded.) In any event, Dorough's many devoted fans don't attend his concerts expecting to hear ...

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Bob Dorough: Sunday at Iridium

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One of the most pleasant events in recent New York jazz history was the return of singer-pianist Bob Dorough, who performs regularly for the Sunday brunch crowd at Iridium. Mavens and middle-aged cogniscenti know him as one of the great '50s and '60s hipster singer-songwriters, while those of a slightly younger generation know him for ABC-TV's Schoolhouse Rock from the '70s and '80s. His latest Arbors release is a natural: a set of music during two of his appearances at the club. He already had been appearing for some time when these sessions were recorded, so the material, ...

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Bob Dorough: Sunday At Iridium

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Bob Dorough Sunday at the Iridium Arbors Records 2004

Welcome to the world of Bob Dorough, the oldest living hipster in jazz at age 81 (December 14, 2004). The singer/composer/pianist has been recording since 1956 and except for a brief flurry of attention with his compositions written for ABC-TV's Schoolhouse Rock from 1973-1985, he has remained largely unappreciated. When I first heard Dorough's vocal of Charlie Parker's “Yardbird Suite" on his debut Bethlehem album Devil May Care , it was a burst of energy and long-needed thank you to Bird for his musical contribution. ...

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Bob Dorough: Sunday At Iridium

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Bob Dorough has had a long and varied career. He injected vocalese into “Yardbird Suite" in 1955, was musically associated with Blossom Dearie during that time, and wrote and directed the Schoolhouse Rock series in the seventies and into the middle of the next decade. He currently has a Sunday spot during brunch at the Iridium Jazz Club in Manhattan, one date of which has found its way on to record.

Dorough is a fine entertainer. He pulls in pop, the blues, and some calypso, along with a healthy staple of jazz and a becoming sense of humour. ...

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Bob Dorough: Sunday At Iridium

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Bob Dorough brings his quartet to the Iridium Jazz Club every Sunday for brunch. This live session gives those of us who live outside of New York City the opportunity to experience his charming manner. His cohesive quartet allows Dorough to summarize his career effectively. Dorough, 80, sounds better today than he did when he started out, as well as later with Miles Davis and in the 1970s with ABC-TV's Schoolhouse Rock. Like fine wine...

With the members of his quartet sharing the soloing duties, Dorough gives his audience a creative session. Bassist Steve Gilmore swings with a ...

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Richard Sudhalter, Barbara Lea; Bob Dorough; Jim Ferguson: Stardust Melodies: The Rare and Beloved Songs of Hoagy Carmichael

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Title: Stardust Melodies: The Rare and Beloved Songs of Hoagy Carmichael

Year: 2002

Artist Name: Richard Sudhalter, Barbara Lea; Bob Dorough; Jim Ferguson

Record Label: Challenge Records 73231

Genre: Vocal

Hoagy Carmichael in all of his 1920s glory...

 

A brief illustration on the importance of Hoagy Carmichael:

A number of years ago, I was visiting my mother in a local nursing home. She, like the majority patients, suffered from Alzheimer's Disease, a progressive condition that tragically induces a profound memory deficit. My visit was on July 4th. There was a program for the patients that included singers who sang ...

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Richard Sudhalter/Barbara Lea/Bob Dorough/Jim Ferguson: Stardust Melody: Beloved and Rare Songs of Hoagy Carmichael

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It takes an album like this to fully comprehend and perhaps even appreciate the contributions Hoagy Carmichael made to American popular music. Tunes like his “I Get Along without You Very Well", “The Nearness of You", “Skylark" and of course, one of the most oft recorded songs in popular music history, “Stardust", are woven deeply into the fabric of popular song. A group of veteran jazz and non-jazz performers have gotten together for an album to honor Carmichael with a play list of some of his best known and his less familiar compositions. The driving force behind this undertaking is ...

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Bob Dorough & Dave Frishberg: Zoot At Ease

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In addition to their achievements in the jazz world, Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg made an indelible mark on popular culture with Schoolhouse Rock, the beloved educational TV series from the 70s. Dorough served as musical director for the animated shorts and wrote many of the cherished songs. Frishberg, for his part, wrote “I’m Just a Bill." On VH-1’s recent “Top 100 Rock-n-Roll TV Moments," Schoolhouse Rock made it to number 45. Gen X pop stars sang its praises; En Vogue even hummed a few bars of “Conjunction Junction." Neither Dorough nor Frishberg were mentioned once during the segment.

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Bob Dorough & Dave Frishberg: Who's On First

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They co-composed “I'm Hip" 35 years ago and their paths have crossed many times since then. They worked together on Schoolhouse Rock. And yet, Bob Dorough and Dave Frishberg had not yet recorded an album together. This one, created last year in performance at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, is due to be released October 24th.

What individuals! As songwriters, both have come up with memorable keepers. For this performance, two grand pianos were placed facing each other on the stage. They do almost half the program together in that manner. In addition, each performs four songs alone.

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