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Louis Armstrong: Satchmo - Ambassador of Jazz

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Louis Armstrong

Satchmo: Ambassador Of Jazz

Verve/Universal

2012

“You can't play anything on a horn that Louis hasn't played," trumpeter Miles Davis said. And while pianist Jelly Roll Morton may have claimed to have invented jazz, if any one artist could be said to have done that, it would be ...

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Russ Garcia (1916-2011)

Russ Garcia (1916-2011)

Russ Garcia, an early West Coast jazz-classical theorist, composer, arranger and teacher whose trombone-centric big band scores in the 1950s could swing with pixie delight and jack-hammer power, died on Nov. 19. He was 95. I interviewed Russ in 2008 about his life as well as his assertion that he had been mistakenly overlooked by the Academy ...

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Russell Garcia, Renowned Composer / Arranger / Conductor, Dies in New Zealand at 95

Russell Garcia, Renowned Composer / Arranger / Conductor,  Dies in New Zealand at 95

April 12, 1916—November 20, 2011 NEW YORK, NY: Russell Garcia, the composer, conductor and arranger renowned for his stellar collaborations with Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Anita O'Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Frances Faye, Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra and numerous others as well as film scores for George Pal's “The Time Machine" and “Atlantis: The Lost ...

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Johnny Hodges: Second Set

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Johnny Hodges
Second Set
Avid Records
2011

Alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges left Duke Ellington's band in 1951 feeling underappreciated and underpaid and convinced that he would have better luck on his own. Unfortunately he was never able to turn his considerable artistry into a lucrative career, and was back with ...

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Russ Garcia Unable to Travel to U.S., but 95th Birthday Concerts Go On!

Russ Garcia Unable to Travel to U.S., but 95th Birthday Concerts Go On!

LIVING LEGEND RUSSELL GARCIA TO BE HONORED AT 95th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION/CONCERTS Due to Doctor's Order, Garcia Will Celebrate in New Zealand
While Vocalists Shaynee Rainbolt and Terese Genecco
Host Tributes at Yoshi's Oakland on November 1 and
at Iridium Jazz Club in New York on November 6 New York Tribute Concert, Featuring ...

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Russ Garcia Celebrates 95th Birthday with Shaynee Rainbolt & Terese Genecco

Russ Garcia Celebrates 95th Birthday with Shaynee Rainbolt & Terese Genecco

LIVING LEGEND RUSSELL GARCIA CELEBRATES 95TH BIRTHDAY WITH THREE CITY U.S. TOUR See Russ Garcia on stage with award-winning jazz vocalists Shaynee Rainbolt & Terese Genecco at The Catalina Bar & Grill, Los Angeles, October 26; Yoshi's, Oakland, November 1; and Iridium Jazz Club, New York, November 6 NEW YORK, NY, September 8, 2011—On the heels of a series of sold-out ...