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Daniel Kassell

Daniel seeks out Swing-Jazz to highlight exceptional artists and Live-Performance events

About Me

Daniel reviews significant jazz books, DVD's, Movies, plays on Broadway, Live-Performance Swing-Jazz events and collects Jazz Memorabilia. Daniel Kassell is member of the: Jazz Journalists Association, The Duke Ellington Society, The Institute of Jazz Studies-Rutgers Roundtable and the New Jersey Jazz Society since 1972. As Director of Authentic Marketing, Daniel promoted the Harlem Blues and Jazz Band's documentary film "The Last of the First" shown at the 2004 Tribeca Film Fest; Initiated the 100th birthday Celebration for guitarist Lawrence "Larry" Lucie at Local 802 supported by the Jazz Foundation of America. Hosted Fats Wallers' long time rhythm guitarist Al Casey at Chez Suzette and Shutters Cafe; Publicized the opening of Minton's Playhouse and acted as MC opening night; Renewed Copeland's Uptown Restaurant and Creole's Supper Club jazz events in the Barrio; Initiated Marketing for the Harlem Jazz and Gospel Getaway-a B&B; Consulted with Rebecca Weller to present 6 Midsummer Night Swing evenings 1992-96; and can be found at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem or out and about around town shooting "Watch Jazz Happen" digital HD footage as an Independent Jazz Documentary Producer. Google "Daniel Kassell Jazz" for everything.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because Fat's Waller was funny! I was first exposed to Swing-Jazz by listening to my Uncle Abe's player piano rolls in Astoria, Queens circa 1940's. I met pianist Donald Lambert in my first year in college at Drew U, Madison NJ and was fascinated by his complex Stride Piano rhythms. The first jazz record I bought was Benny Goodman's Carnegie Hall Concert 1938 that led me to investigate his influences in New Orleans. The best show I ever attended and reviewed for is The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks at Liberty State Park's, July 4th, 2000 Fireworks Concert. My advice to new listeners is close your eyes and find the rhythm in your fingers.

My Favorites

  1. Anything played by Algiers musicians across the Mississippi from New Orleans before 1917, that includes
  2. All Folkways releases.
  3. Commodore Records featuring Eddie Condon and his Chicago friends
  4. Duke Ellington at the piano with Louis Armstrong playing "Azalea"
  5. Anything Louis Armstrong recorded with his All-Stars and in Hollywood movies.
  6. Woody Allen DVD's: Sweet and Lowdown, Midnight in Paris
  7. Wild Billl Davison's 'S Wonderful on Jazology
  8. Any filmed digital video footage of Swing-Jazz musicians.