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The Bach's Beach Vision Of Jazz Heaven

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Heaven for some is a baseball diamond in an Iowa cornfield. For Pete Douglas, it was a house on a beach with a jazz club in his living room, a would-be heaven also for anyone who dropped in. Douglas passed on, in 2014 at age 85, sitting at his desk overlooking the Pacific Ocean. But his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mel Martin and His Tenor Conclave: Piermont, NY, September 14, 2012

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Mel Martin and his Tenor Conclave
The Turning Point Cafe
Piermont, NY
September 14, 2012

Before the first note sounded in a seventy-five minute set by Mel Martin and his Tenor Conclave, there was a false start of sorts. Most of the band was assembled and ready to hit when they were asked ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

What Makes Saxophone Stalwart Mel Martin Tick?

What Makes Saxophone Stalwart Mel Martin Tick?

Playing alongside giants such as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and B.B. King, Mel Martin has cut his teeth in the company of some of the jazz history's finest. With his outings as both a leader and solo artist, Martin has collected honors such as being ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts

Read "These Are a Few of My Favorite....Charts" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whenever the topic of desert islands arises among jazz fans, the focus is invariably on which albums (discs) one would choose to cram into a suitcase if one were ever stranded on an otherwise barren island. While the consideration of particular arrangements seldom governs the debate, I really think it should. After all, few albums, however ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mel Martin Sextet at the Douglas Beach House, Half Moon Bay, CA

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Mel Martin Sextet
Douglas Beach House
Half Moon Bay, California
August 16, 2009


Mel Martin and his sextet stepped into a “new" Douglas Beach House Sunday afternoon, August 16 and presented the first acoustic jazz concert to be held there in decades. During the previous week, owner and impresario Pete ...

Jason Hainsworth Big Band / DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Big Band Ritmo Sinfonica Citta di Verona / Howard University Jazz Ensemble

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Jason Hainsworth Jazz Orchestra
Kaleidoscope
DW Jazz
2009

On his first turn at bat, composer / arranger / tenor saxophonist Jason Hainsworth has not only slammed one out of the park with Kaleidoscope but has produced a viable entrant in the big-band Record of the Year sweepstakes. The ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mel Martin / Benny Carter Quintet: Just Friends

Read "Just Friends" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Saxophonist Mel Martin, the lesser known half of this clever musical equation, first met the legendary Benny Carter in 1987 and played alongside him for the first time three years later. This quintet date, recorded live at Yoshi's nightclub in Oakland in April 1994, as Carter was nearing his eighty-seventh birthday, shows why he was able ...