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ARTICLE: RADIO

April Blue Note 50th Anniversaries & More

Read "April Blue Note 50th Anniversaries & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week, we salute Blue Note recordings from April, 1969. In addition, we track both sides of Blue Note 8, sides recorded during Blue Note's first day in business in 1939. It's also the 50th anniversary of the Dexter Gordon Tower Of Power/More Power sessions with James Moody. So hit 'play' and enjoy the show.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: December 1968 & More

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Alrighty then. It's the first week of a new month. Our regulars know it's time for Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes. We've got three for you from Duke Pearson and the big band, Detroit pianist Kenny Cox, and Jack Wilson. Continuing a series we started at few months ago, we have BN-4, two sides of a ...

A Singer With Legendary Roots Announces Kickstarter Campaign

A Singer With Legendary Roots Announces Kickstarter Campaign

What’s it all about? Celebrating legends of Chicago and bringing roots to life. Lila Ammons, granddaughter of Albert Ammons, famed boogie woogie pianist and Blue Note artist, and niece of tenor saxophone titan, Gene Ammons, intends to create her own legacy honoring jazz, steeped in its roots from then to now. This campaign will support production ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84

Read "John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84" reviewed by Jim Worsley

For the past five and a half decades, John Mayall has written scores of both relevant and joyous music. It should come as no surprise that at the tender age of 84 he continues to do so. It soothingly, and ingeniously, seems to flow out of him like a calm, yet telling, river.

Many ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968

Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Nell'alveo turbolento della musica afroamericana, scorre sottotraccia da più di mezzo secolo la corrente rapida e ridente del soul-jazz--che chiamiamo così solo per comodità -, di cui The Three Sounds sono stati alfieri indefessi per almeno tre lustri, vantando successi popolari da far invidia a colleghi ben più dotati nella sostanza musicale.

Esce per ...

Earl Hines, Pete Johnson and James P. Johnson: Reminiscing at Blue Note – 1939-43

Read "Earl Hines, Pete Johnson and James P. Johnson: Reminiscing at Blue Note – 1939-43" reviewed by Marc Davis

In the beginning, there was the piano--if not in jazz generally, then definitely at Blue Note Records.

From the start, Blue Note founder Alfred Lion was obsessed with the piano. Blue Note's very first recordings, in 1939, were 19 tunes by boogie-woogie pianists Meade “Lux" Lewis and Albert Ammons. You can hear them all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

AA.VV.: Jazz from America on Disques Vogue

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La Sony ha pubblicato un cofanetto che l'appassionato di jazz farebbe bene a non lasciarsi sfuggire. Articolato in venti CD, il cofanetto racchiude ben quarantuno dischi originali della Vogue Records.

Fondata nel 1947 dal critico Charles Delaunay, la label francese si distinse per una lungimirante progettualità rivolta sia a far incidere i grandi jazzisti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band: Certain Relationships

Read "Certain Relationships" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band continues to spread sunshine and happiness on Certain Relationships, an album recorded in three sessions spanning the half-dozen years between 2005-2011. Of the fifteen selections, nine are vocals --by Pete McGuinness, Hilary Gardner, Andrea Wolper, Mary Foster Conklin or Dominique Eade. In Lillard's optimistic eyes, even the blues are gladsome ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2014: The Year in Jazz

Read "2014: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2014 turned out to be a year noteworthy for its numbers. Newport turned 60, Blue Note turned 75, International Jazz Day's third edition featured 900 events in more than 190 countries. The jazz world lost seven of its NEA Jazz Masters, and jny: New Orleans trumpeter Lionel Ferbos died at 103. Sad but not ...