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NEWS: OBITUARY

NEA Statement on the Death of NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman

NEA Statement on the Death of NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman's Statement on the Death of NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman “On behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, it is with great sadness that I acknowledge the passing of 2012 NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman. An extraordinary saxophonist with a sound all his own, Von Freeman's contributions to jazz – and specifically ...

Don Redman: Setting the Template

Read "Don Redman: Setting the Template" reviewed by Jim Gerard

As someone who came to jazz as a young man in the 1970s, I can attest that subsequent generations of both its chroniclers and, even sadder, its practitioners, have succumbed to the peculiarly and regrettable American disease of a-historicism.

They've shoved jazz history through a sieve, reducing it from an epic tale of heroic ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye

Read "Lorraine Feather: The Girl With the Lazy Eye" reviewed by Carl L. Hager

While writing the tune “Scrabble" for her recently released CD Ages (Jazzed Media, 2010), lyricist and singer Lorraine Feather's songwriting partner, Dick Hyman, had an unusual request that bordered on a dare: could she work the name of the venerable pianist/composer's family friend Dushka into the lyrics? After all, the middle section of his stride composition ...

Horace Henderson Orchestra: At the Trianon Ballroom, 1954

Read "At the Trianon Ballroom, 1954" reviewed by Dave Nathan

During what turned out to be an abortive attempt to recapture its glory days, Chicago's Trianon Ballroom reopened and booked a very good Horace Henderson Orch. into the once highly popular, ornate dance palace. This CD has some of the music from three nights of Orchestra's stand during July of 1954 culled from two broadcasts and ...