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Jack's Gone! No He Isn't; Yes He Is; No He Isn't...!

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As I sat down to write this month's column, word came that trumpeter Jack Sheldon had died. No sooner had I written a few words about that when word came that trumpeter Jack Sheldon had not died. After some back-and-forth on the internet (is he or isn't he?), the last report, it seems, was the true one. According to his wife, Dianne, Jack Sheldon is alive and well, a statement that was confirmed when someone phoned Sheldon's home and Jack ...

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Trying To Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon

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Jack Sheldon Trying To Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon Bialystock & Bloom, Inc./February Films 2009

Born in 1931, the near-legendary West Coast jazzman Jack Sheldon--trumpeter, singer, comedian, actor--has played and recorded with Stan Kenton, Chet Baker, Dexter Gordon, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman, Red Norvo, Bill Harris, Art Pepper, Anita O'Day and Tierney Sutton, as well as leading his own groups. His horn has been heard on movie soundtracks, he ...

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Trying To Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon

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Jack Sheldon Trying To Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon Trailer2008Finding Validation

Trying To Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon is a film that tells the story of trumpeter- vocalist-actor-comedian Jack Sheldon's remarkable life and career. Beginning with his impoverished childhood in segregated Florida and proceeding to his formative Hollywood teenage years with the legendary Chet Baker, the film follows Sheldon's career as he swings ...

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Jack Sheldon: Still Going Strong

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For Jack Sheldon, a beacon for some sixty years on the West Coast jazz scene, 2008 is turning out to be a very good year. At 76, the celebrated trumpet player, vocalist, bandleader and TV personality, is the subject of a new documentary film, while his jazz career continues to accelerate.

He was there when the so-called West Coast Jazz--a cooled-down version of hard bop--was born. He calls himself a “survivor" from the period. “Only a ...

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Jack Sheldon and the California Cool Quartet: It's What I Do

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If West Coast jazz has a tone, it is dry ice cool. Trumpeter, vocalist and actor Jack Sheldon, the entertainment triple threat, played a big part in forging this tone in the period following Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool (Blue Note, 1949). That recording was the shot over the bow of bebop that gave rise to the Left Coast cats perfecting what Miles started, just as Mozart perfected Haydn's brand of classicism. Sheldon's huge personality and capacity for practical ...

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Jack Sheldon & Jack Marshall: Freaky Friday: The Jazz Opera

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Humor and jazz from the early 1960s give this short opera plenty of sex appeal. The music that Jack Sheldon created, and the dialogue that he wrote with Jack Marshall, comes from an era when beach movies were popular and Elvis was giving the big-screen heartthrob performances that would last forever.

Howard Roberts' guitar, Sheldon's trumpet, and vocals by both Sheldon and Nancy Kelly give this precursor to Schoolhouse Rock a terrific ambience. Tongue-in-cheek humor abounds from start ...

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Jack Sheldon Quintet at the Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse Hermosa Beach, California June 19, 2005

Father's Day brought out a leisure-loving audience of dedicated jazz fans for Jack Sheldon's warm performance at the historic Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach for Sunday brunch. It makes no difference whether you're young or old, modern or traditional, East Coast or West Coast, or just plain ambivalent. Everybody likes Jack Sheldon. At 73, he's at the peak of his career. The music has never sounded better, he's able ...

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Jack Sheldon California Cool Quartet: California Cool

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Trumpeter Jack Sheldon, who started out with Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon, has helped build the West Coast sound in jazz. His early work with Art Pepper, Jimmy Giuffre, Curtis Counce, and Herb Geller helped to knit together a tight circle of musical associates who pioneered the West Coast cool faction in modern jazz. Chet Baker was a close friend. Like Baker and Miles Davis, Sheldon takes great care with the golden tone that he's developed on his instrument. Smooth ...

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Jack Sheldon: Class Act

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Trumpeter Jack Sheldon, who turns 67 this month, started out with Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, Curtis Counce, Bill Holman, and Stan Kenton. He moved on quickly to an eclectic career that has included hard bop ensembles, his own big band, studio work, singing & acting, but never strayed far from the sweet tone and fluid articulation that pours forth from his trumpet.

Back in the '60s Sheldon starred in the television spy-spoof sitcom “Run, Buddy, Run," and he was Merv ...


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