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Jess Stacy: Swing Pianist

Jess Stacy: Swing Pianist

The swing era is widely considered to be the golden age of big bands. Which is true, but the decade also was a period of widespread jazz piano genius. Before the trumpet and saxophone became all the rage on the heels of Louis Armstrong, followed by the electric guitar, the piano was jazz's elegant superstar. The ...

UNI Jazz Band: The Hard Way

Read "UNI Jazz Band: The Hard Way" reviewed by Jack Bowers

UNI stands for the University of Northern Iowa whose tradition of producing first-rate big-band recordings spans more than two decades, first under director Bob Washut and more recently under his successor, Chris Merz (The Hard Way is the twentieth album by the university's Jazz Band One in my library). This is a “semi-live" date on which ...


Swinging On The South Side: The Heartbeat Of Chicago Jazz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Swinging On The South Side: The Heartbeat Of Chicago Jazz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, vocalists Topsy Chapman and Vernel Bagneris, trumpeter Duke Heitger and pianist Dick Hyman join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band—club-hopping on the South Side of Chicago from the “black and tans" of the ’20s to the grand ballrooms of the ’30s. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on ...


"Complete" Louis, Duke, Bessie and Charlie Boxes Coming in October

The ultimate year-round jazz festival of Legacy Recordings continues to set a new industry standard with four more Complete Album Collections from the Sony Music archives family of labels, by the greatest names in jazz and blues: LOUIS ARMSTRONG – THE COMPLETE OKeh COLUMBIA & RCA VICTOR RECORDINGS 1925-1933 (OKeh/Columbia/RCA/Legacy) 10 titles, 10 CDs; CHARLIE CHRISTIAN – THE ...


Curtis Clark, Marilyn Lerner and Chad Taylor: Chasing the Piano

Read "Curtis Clark, Marilyn Lerner and Chad Taylor: Chasing the Piano" reviewed by Clifford Allen

November 15, 2010 will mark the 75th anniversary of the first recorded jazz piano-trio session, with pianist Jess Stacy, bassist Israel Crosby and drummer Gene Krupa recording for UK Parlophone ("Barrelhouse" and “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise").

Certainly much has happened in jazz and improvised music since that date, but the piano ...