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

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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: BOOK EXCERPTS

On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

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The following is an excerpt from the “Spirituals to Swing" chapter of On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom by Dennis McNally (Counterpoint Press, Berkeley, 2014).

Danny Barker, who in the 1930s was Cab Calloway's guitarist, told a particularly revealing story of working at the Nest Club, a Harlem ...

Take Five With Mike Skory

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Meet Mike Skory:

I play Hammond/piano for the regional soul/blues/original band, Root Doctor Featuring Freddie Cunningham. I also have a unique rock trio call Suzi & the Love Brothers. Both acts are out of Lansing, MI.

Instrument(s):

Piano, Hammond organ.

Teachers and/or influences?

The two musicians who helped me in ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Alexander Hawkins: Retaining The Sense of Discovery

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One of the fastest-rising stars of the UK jazz scene, pianist Alexander Hawkins is remarkable in that he shines equally in both the further reaches of free improvisation and the creation of ingeniously crafted charts. Indeed, Hawkins' particular talent might be in bringing the two so close that it's hard to distinguish between them. At times ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Derrick Bang: Vince Guaraldi at the Piano

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Vince Guaraldi at the Piano
Derrick Bang
390 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7864-5902-5
McFarland Books
2012

Based on Derrick Bang's encyclopedic biography of pianist Vince Guaraldi, you can draw two perhaps surprising conclusions about the subject's contribution to jazz.

First, Guaraldi arguably hipped more listeners to this musical form ...

NEWS: RADIO

Boogie Woogie Trio This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Boogie Woogie Trio This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week, Riverwalk Jazz celebrates the rocking rhythms of Albert Ammons and his partnership with Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson. Frequent guest artist Dick Hyman teams up with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and former band member, pianist John Sheridan for an evening of classics of the boogie woogie piano genre. The program is distributed in the US by ...

Mary Lou Williams: Mary Lou Williams At Rick's Cafe Americain

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The second album of this double CD issue was released by Storyville in 1998, under the same title. Valuable enough in its way, featuring pianist Mary Lou Williams three years before her death, playing standards that include one of her own, “What's Your Story, Morning Glory?," originally composed for the Andy Kirk band in the days ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

DIVA Jazz Orchestra / Paul Read Orchestra / Andy Farber and His Orchestra

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DIVA Jazz Orchestra

Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music

Arbors Jazz

2010

Note to NARAS members: please do not cast your vote for Best Big Band Album of 2011 without first having listened to Johnny Mandel: The Man and His Music, recorded in concert at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in Manhattan ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Penang Island Jazz Festival: Malaysia, December 2-5, 2010

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7th Penang Island Jazz Festival
Penang, Malaysia
December 2-5, 2010
There was talk of bringing in a bomoh, or witchdoctor, to chase away the ominous-looking black clouds that hovered over the beachside gardens of the Bayview Hotel, home to the Penang Island Jazz Festival. The south-west monsoon that feeds the lush tropical growth of ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Andy Farber and His Orchestra: This Could Be The Start Of Something Big

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The sight and sound of one of the classic big bands in full flight must have been something to behold. For those fans of big band jazz who never got to experience such a thing, as well as for those who did and remember it fondly, Andy Farber And His Orchestra bring the sound back with ...