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Greg Poppleton: Back In Your Own Backyard

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There is something about early jazz before the Swing Era, especially that of the 1920s. Its infectious happiness, innocence and floating lightness, its close ties to Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook and how much this music was an integral part of the times makes it irresistible to almost anyone even remotely interested in the history of jazz. However, jazz is forever restless, and, even back then, always in search of new means of expression. Those ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks: Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'

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You never knew quite where you were with Dan Hicks And The Hot Licks--that was the great thing about them. Sometimes Hicks would come on stage looking like Cab Calloway in a red jacket, rainbow tie and black hat. Next night he'd be in his psychedelic cowboy outfit. And he nearly always wore a sardonic look that said, “Don't take this serious, folks." He kick-started the Haight-Ashbury scene in San Francisco in the 1960s, writing and singing ...

PROFILES

Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story

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There is a story told of the last night of an iconic jazz club in Philadelphia in 1966. The bandleader-owner, it was said, had been called away prior to closing. He was unable to return before the end of the last set. Walking back, he watched the crowd filing out. Some, I am told, had tears in their eyes. Ok. Too good to be true. Or too sentimental to be true. Unconfirmed by independent sources. All true. But if the ...

ANATOMY OF A STANDARD

"Ain't Misbehavin'" by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf

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Legendary pianist and songwriter, Thomas Wright “Fats" Waller (1904-1943), contributed several outstanding gems to what we consider today to be the Great American Songbook. These standards include “Honeysuckle Rose" and “Ain't Misbehavin'" (both from 1929), among others. Waller's all-too-brief career reflected the impressive output of a first-rate musician, and showed him to be a talented radio personality, prolific recording artist, and beloved performer both on live stages and in film. Well-versed in the stride piano style, thanks to his early ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Zachary Serleth

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About Zachary Serleth Primarily a bassist and banjo player, Zach Serleth has developed a deep love of vintage music that is reflected in his current band, Tongue in Cheek. The group's 2016 album, Mobtown Strutters Ball, pays tribute to the jny: New Orleans jazz tradition, covering tunes written from 1910 to the mid 1930s. Serleth has delved into many traditions from Appalachian blue grass to gypsy jazz. He and his partner, vocalist Bridget Cimino, have a penchant for ...

GETTING INTO JAZZ

Wild Bill Davison: The Commodore Master Takes

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Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Take a generous scoop of traditional New Orleans jazz, with its intricate three-horn counterpoint, add a hard-driving, hell-for-leather beat, shake well, and you've got Chicago-style jazz. No one made Chicago-style more exciting than cornetist Wild Bill Davison, and these recordings catch him and his cohorts at the top of their game. ...

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Michael Gamble: And the Rhythm Serenaders

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Nothing deep or inscrutable here, simply good, clean, appetizing swing served with gusto by bassist Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders. While the size and makeup of the group varies from track to track, there's no doubt that everyone on the premises is in the proper frame of mind and fully attuned to Gamble's purpose, which is to leave the listener smiling broadly and tapping his or her toes. The album was recorded at the Isis Music ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders: Michael Gamble and The Rhythm Serenaders

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Swing Era music was exciting, infectiously rhythmic music, played for dancers. Bassist and bandleader Michael Gamble and the company of musicians making up The Rhythm Serenaders stay true to both the sound and the spirit of that time in this program of well known Swing standards, plus a few more obscure standards that might have been. They draw from the repertoires of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Ben Webster, Billie Holiday,and Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five, to name a few. ...

GETTING INTO JAZZ

Louis Armstrong: The Hot Fives and Hot Sevens

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Getting Started If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen. CD Capsule Portrait of the artist as a young genius. In these immortal recordings, Armstrong blew new life into jazz and changed it forever. Background Many people remember Louis Armstrong only as a popular entertainer, recalling how he wrapped his warm, gravelly voice around such hits as “Hello, Dolly" ...


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