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Judy Carmichael: All Taken in Stride

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Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem
Judy Carmichael
276 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1979764414
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
2017

Pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael is a jazz girl who has been performing professionally for nearly 40 years. In her memoir Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood ...

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Every Now and Den

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It's been so long since the last Den that it should perhaps be renamed, “Every Now and Den." But here I am with some of the events that stand out from the past five months or so, not necessarily in chronological order.

I've never missed the annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, and the August ...

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Unplugged Jazz With Guitarist Marty Grosz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Unplugged Jazz With Guitarist Marty Grosz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Riverwalk Jazz this week features a giant of jazz rhythm guitar—Marty Grosz. His career spans over 60 years. Equal parts showman, jazz scholar and raconteur, Marty is a virtuoso in a playing style that’s both timeless and so far off the radar it’s all but lost in today’s music world. The program is distributed in the US ...

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Remembering Ralph Sutton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Remembering Ralph Sutton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

In an encore presentation this week, Riverwalk Jazz presents pianist Ralph Sutton’s 2000 visit to The Landing in San Antonio with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Between tunes, Sutton talked with host David Holt about his early experiences and influences and how he came to join Jack Teagarden’s band. Longtime Jim Cullum Jazz Band pianist John Sheridan ...

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A Swell Farewell...and Onward

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On April 13, Rutgers University-Newark threw a swell party for me on the occasion of my retirement as director of the Institute of Jazz Studies. I won't go into the social and musical details here, but do want to thank all my friends who showed up, and the many others who sent regrets--notably Sonny Rollins, whose ...

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Dick Wellstood & Cliff Jackson: Uptown and Lowdown

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Both Dick Wellstood and Cliff Jackson favor a style of jazz that today is seldom marketable-the pre-war stylings of Fats Waller and James P. Johnson. Occasionally this time of music becomes fashionable again, but frequently while being labeled traditionalists these artists assume the noble task of preserving jazz’s early years at the expense of wide acclaim. ...

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Dick Wellstood/ Cliff Jackson: Uptown & Lowdown

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Pairing purveyors of two distinct strains of traditional jazz this Fantasy two-fer is something of textbook study of the piano styles inherent in each. Cliff Jackson, the elder of the two, is representative of the first generation of Harlem Stride pianists. His group takes the disc’s final four cuts and contains several legends of the music’s ...

Dick Wellstood: Live at Hanratty's

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Originally a double LP, this CD reissue captures Dick Wellstood in a live performance at Hanratty's, once, but no longer, one of the prime venues to hear jazz piano. Wellstood is in terrific form here. One of the foremost stride pianists, he's in the same league with Luckey Roberts, Willie “The Lion" Smith and James P. ...

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Dick Wellstood: Dick Wellstood: Live At Hanratty's

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The Chiaroscuro Jazz label has begun the worthy project of re-issuing a series of recordings by the pianist Dick Wellstood. Live At Hanratty’s is an excellent introduction to this much underrated pianist. It is a solo outing, from 1981, digitally re-mastered. Throughout, Wellstood demonstrates why Sidney Bechet recorded with him twice, and also why he was ...

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Dick Wellstood: Dick Wellstood Live at Hanratty's

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Art, Oscar, Dave, and Dick.. Hmmmm. Dick Wellstood is popping up everywhere nearly 13 years after his unfortunate death. The Arbor release Dick Wellstood Live at the Sticky Wicket was selected as one of the best jazz recordings of the 1990s. Al White, in his book Jazz Party devotes several pages to the pianist. And now ...