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A Winter's Jazz Tale

Read "A Winter's Jazz Tale" reviewed by Nick Davies

With this episode we have decided to start picking a theme to focus on. Here we picked “Winter" as the theme for the show and we start with the Emmi U Quintet and finish with Eddy Duchin. Diverse styles but great music showcasing Winter. Playlist Emmi U Quintet “Winter Solstice" from My Bird(Intakt Records) 01:19 Kaidi Tatham “Cold" from It's A World Before You(First World Records) 6:26 Lucinda Slim “Two Winters Long" from Lucinda Slim (Self-Produced) 11:49 ...

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Chick Webb & Benny Goodman (1933 - 1938)

Read "Chick Webb & Benny Goodman (1933 - 1938)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the mid-1930s, jazz orchestras led by drummer Chick Webb and clarinetist Benny Goodman rose to prominence with the arrangements of Edgar Sampson and Fletcher Henderson. After launching the careers of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan, Webb succumbed to spinal tuberculosis in 1939, at age 34. Goodman launched the careers of Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, Harry James and Charlie Christian over a storied run that earned him the controversial sobriquet “King of Swing." Playlist Host Intro ...

BUILDING A JAZZ LIBRARY

Clarinet

Read "Clarinet" reviewed by Bob Bernotas

When you hear the phrase, “New Orleans jazz," what three instruments immediately come to mid? That's right: cornet, trombone, and clarinet. In those early jazz combos, the clarinet provided a soaring, high register obbligato that enhanced, and, in the hands of the amazing Sidney Bechet, challenged, the cornet's lead line. A decade or so later, the clarinet occupied a rightful place as one of the signature instruments of the big band era, serving as a distinctive tone color in the ...

FILM REVIEW

Jazz on Film: Caveat Emptor

Read "Jazz on Film: Caveat Emptor" reviewed by Steve Provizer

There are good documentaries about jazz. A person can see the films listed on this site and walk away without reaching for the gas pipe. But, as the furor around the film Whiplash (well, to jazz people it was furor) reminds us, it's wise to keep the bar low. When Hollywood does jazz, it should stick to hagiography and cheesy romance: The Benny Goodman Story, The Fabulous Dorseys, The Glenn Miller Story; these are really just the Lindbergh, Curie and Young ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Benny Goodman: Benny Goodman Yale University Archives Volume 1

Read "Benny Goodman Yale University Archives Volume 1" reviewed by Andrew Velez

The sound of the opener is unmistakable; it's the familiar, driving urgency of Benny Goodman's clarinet, which made him the undisputed “King of Swing," heard again in all its electrifying glory on “Sweet Georgia Brown," the 1967 take which opens this collection. Recorded live in New York's old Rainbow Grill, Goodman is in solid company with pianist Bernie Leighton, bassist George Duvivier and especially saxophonist Zoot Sims. With a simpatico honed by playing together over the decades, Sims' sleek, rhythmic ...

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Benny Goodman: Yale University Archives, Vol. 2 (Big Band 1957-1964) & Celebrates 100 Years of Benny

Read "Benny Goodman: Yale University Archives, Vol. 2 (Big Band 1957-1964) & Celebrates 100 Years of Benny" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

Benny GoodmanYale University Archives, Vol. 2 (Big Band 1957-1964)Nimbus2009 Dave BennettCelebrates 100 Years of BennyRecord Label #2Year On May 30th, the great Benny Goodman would have turned 100. The celebration of this milestone continues with the release of some excellent archival material, as well as a wonderful tribute album from one of the clarinet ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Benny Goodman: 40th Anniversary Concert (Live at Carnegie Hall)

Read "40th Anniversary Concert (Live at Carnegie Hall)" reviewed by Graham L. Flanagan

One autumn day in 1978, a sprightly 69-year-old Benny Goodman decided on a whim that he wanted to 'book' Carnegie Hall for a gig commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the landmark performance held and so famously-recorded there for the Columbia label in 1938. That show registered as the first official full-length jazz program ever held at the hallowed venue. Tickets for the anniversary gig sold out in a matter of hours, with no advertising or even a formal announcement. Goodman's ...


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