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Buster Bailey: All About Memphis

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Buster Bailey's skill as both an improviser and section man made him a shoo-in for some of the best gigs in jazz history. Starting, from his teenage years, with W.C. Handy, steady employment under King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, John Kirby and Louis Armstrong also left the clarinetist little time (perhaps need) to record as a leader. ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Johnny Dunn: Cornet Blues

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In hindsight, it seems natural that trumpeter Louis Armstrong's arrival onto the New York jazz scene of the 1920s would put a lot of players out of work. Yet apparently not every New Yorker was waiting for some guy from New Orleans to show them how it's done.

As Mark Berresford's informative liner ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Vince Giordano: New York, NY, August 14, 2012

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Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Sofia's Restaurant
New York, NY
August 14, 2012
Vince Giordano receives well-deserved attention for the twenties and thirties repertoire he's brought to the radio on A Prairie Home Companion, films such as 2008's Revolutionary Road and 2004's The The Aviator, and most recently ...

Brian Patneaude: All Around Us

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An active part of the jazz scene in New York's Capital District, Brian Patneaude's fifth album shows off his originality and depth as a tenor saxophonist and composer. The six original compositions and two covers on All Around Us were “inspired by people, places and events" in Patneaude's life, adding a personal gravity to the assured ...

Gabriel Vicens: Point in Time

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Gabriel Vicens brings together simpatico colleagues from the scene in his native Puerto Rico and beyond to explore twelve of his works on the guitarist and composer's debut, Point in Time. Vicens' compositions explore quirky, catchy heads ("Point in Time," “Beautiful Place"), plenty of vamps ("La Diferencia," “Frame of Mind" and “El Camino") and medium tempo ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Trumpeter Terell Stafford Interviewed at All About Jazz

Trumpeter Terell Stafford Interviewed at All About Jazz

Terell Stafford is as likely to credit his influences as he is to impress his listeners. Coming to jazz comparatively later than many players, and even with his busy schedule as a sideman, leader and educator, he remains devoted to exploring the music's roots, while expressing a relentless desire to learn more. Stafford's latest release, This Side ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Terell Stafford: Trial and Inspiration

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Terell Stafford is as likely to credit his influences as he is to impress his listeners. Coming to jazz comparatively later than many players, and even with his busy schedule as a sideman, leader and educator, he remains devoted to exploring the music's roots, while expressing a relentless desire to learn more.

Stafford ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Norm Zocher: Cambridge, MA, December 6, 2011

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Norm Zocher
Outpost 186
Cambridge, MA
December 6, 2011
Norm Zocher is well known for his guitar work on Boston's forward-thinking jazz scene, as well as gigs with Maria Schneider, Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Esperanza Spalding and local mainstay the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, all between teaching at ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

New World Jazz Composers Octet: Breaking News

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The New World Jazz Composers Octet thrives on the old school idea of jazz composition as conduit to great jazz performance, and its third album, Breaking News, puts theory to practice from the outset with Matthew Nicholl's “Poco Picasso." The jutting melodic angles and tightly orchestrated front line arrest on their own merits, while also spurring ...