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Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

After jazz emerged—or coalesced—as a distinct form of music in jny: New Orleans in the early twentieth century, it quickly took hold throughout the world. Jazz musicians developed on every continent, even in countries where the spirit of jazz goes against the grain of politics and culture; a jazz community is emerging in China, not an eventuality that ...

ARTICLE: 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. ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Storia del Jazz

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Storia del jazz
Ted Gioia
592 Pagine
ISBN: # : 978-88-6639-995-7
EDT/Siena Jazz
2013

A Ted Gioia si devono alcuni dei saggi più stimolanti della storiografia jazzistica, ed in primis la “Storia del jazz." Ben curata da Francesco Martinelli, l'edizione italiana aggiunge alcune chicche di rilievo rispetto a ...

How (Not) To Listen To Early Jazz

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Jazz listeners may admit that early music got things to where they are now, similar to how the Model T made the Lamborghini possible. Most just prefer not to drive anything too old. For most listeners, early jazz remains an esoteric and even a strange experience.

Perhaps it's all that monochromatic footage of ...

Stephane Belmondo: The Same As It Never Was Before

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It is all a matter of the right tone for French trumpeter Stephane Belmondo. On Same As It Never Was Before, it is a matter of getting his lips in the right position--singular embouchure--then grabbing the air from his lungs and blowing it out in hot wild gusts through the horn. But it is also more ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Story of Jabbo Smith This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

The Story of Jabbo Smith This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Jabbo Smith had a short but important recording career in the late 1920s when he became the first trumpeter to seriously challenge Louis Armstrong with a virtuosity years ahead of its time. On this week's Riverwalk Jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band revives their favorite Jabbo Smith compositions, we'll hear scenes of Jabbo's life from his own oral histories as ...

Toots Thielemans: European Quartet Live

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Miles Davis never liked the use of the term “legend," to describe a living musician, but perhaps an exception ought to be made in the case of Toots Thielemans, who ranks with the great Larry Adler as one of the greatest harmonica players, one for whom music has specially been composed. On ˂em˃Live˂/em˃, together with his ...

Turn Up Those Footnotes!

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Even if the names William Shakespeare and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ring some bells for contemporary audiences, chances are Thomas Marlowe or Giovanni Paisiello might not get a chime. Yet, Marlowe's plays drew droves of theatergoers in Elizabethan England, and Paisiello's operas packed 18th century houses.

It doesn't take an English scholar or the ...

Vince Giordano: Toe-Tapping and Timeless

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Welcome to the inaugural column “Jazz That Scratches, Swings and Pops

We've all heard King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Bix Beiderbecke on the Smithsonian Jazz Collection. We know the names because they're “important," but do we ever listen because they're just plain good?

What about Papa Celestin, Red ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

James Zollar: Zollar System

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It is an unfortunate fact that trumpeter James Zollar is nowhere near as well-known as he should be. But that may be about to change. Zollar Systems may be about to put Zollar in an orbit all his own. A genuine renaissance man of the horn, Zollar is a singular voice on the instrument that is ...