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Lou Donaldson in the WSJ

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I typically do not post on Saturdays, but I wanted to let you know that my profile of Lou Donaldson appears today in the “Greater New York" section of the Wall Street Journal. If you have access to WSJ.com, you'll find my article here.

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Few musicians today can claim to have changed the direction of jazz. Lou Donaldson did so twice—once in 1953 with Clifford Brown and again in 1957 with Jimmy Smith. From Tuesday through Sept. 5, the 83-year-old alto saxophonist will lead an organ-guitar-drums trio at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola.

If Mr. Donaldson's name isn't familiar, it's likely because he spent long stretches away from New York. Like many other artists who combined country blues and jazz, “Sweet Poppa Lou," as he's known, built his career on the road. While long tours were a financial boon for Mr. Donaldson, being away from New York for extended periods lowered his visibility. Despite his six-decade career, he has yet to be named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“I just do my thing—which is getting audiences' feet shuffling," said Mr. Donaldson in a recent interview. Long compared with saxophonists Charlie Parker, Benny Carter and Johnny Hodges for his fluid attack and blues infusion, Mr. Donaldson is among the last of a generation of jazz-musician entertainers.


For more information about Lou's gig at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, go here.

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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