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ARTICLE: RADIO

Norman Granz and Verve Records (1944 - 1962)

Read "Norman Granz and Verve Records (1944 - 1962)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In July 2, 1944, Norman Granz, a jazz fan and small-time LA promoter staged a concert in the Philharmonic Auditorium with $300 of borrowed money. His “Jazz at the Philharmonic" concerts were hugely successful and became tours that ran until 1957. These tours and the record labels they spawned—Clef, Norgran and especially Verve—became home to many ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Ella Plays Dice

Read "Ella Plays Dice" reviewed by Eve Goldberg

Ella Fitzgerald was eating a piece of pie when the police burst into her dressing room, guns drawn. Nearby, Dizzy Gillespie and saxophonist Illinois Jacquet were playing a game of craps. The place was Houston, Texas. The date was October 7, 1955. The occasion was a sold-out concert at The Music Hall, one stop on tour ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Various Artists: Verve The Sound of America: The Singles Collection

Read "Verve The Sound of America: The Singles Collection" reviewed by Marc Davis

Verve is one of the greatest labels in the history of jazz, and Norman Granz was one of jazz's greatest producers. So why is The Sound of America: The Singles Collection such a mess of a box set?

This had such great promise. After all, Verve was home to many legendary performers: Ella Fitzgerald, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Concord/Pablo jazz reissues include Ellington, Gillespie/Pass, Tatum, Sims, Peterson/Grappelli

Concord/Pablo jazz reissues include Ellington, Gillespie/Pass, Tatum, Sims, Peterson/Grappelli

Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on September 17, 2013. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, bonus tracks (some previously unreleased), and new liner notes to provide historical context to the originally released material, the series celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pablo Records, the prolific Beverly ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sarah Vaughan 'Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection' Coming on August 20.

Sarah Vaughan 'Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection' Coming on August 20.

Concord Music Group will release the two-CD Sarah Vaughan set Sophisticated Lady: The Duke Ellington Songbook Collection on August 20, 2013. Featuring six previously unreleased tracks and new liner notes, the compilation celebrates the 40th anniversary of Pablo Records, the jazz label founded by Norman Granz in 1973. The story of Pablo Records is a story of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend: Phoenix, AZ, May 17-19, 2013

Read "Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend: Phoenix, AZ, May 17-19, 2013" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend
Phoenix, AZ
May 17-19, 2013
The 2013 Desert Winds Jazz Weekend celebrated the six-decade career of the late saxophonist Illinois Jacquet with three events that raised $10,000 for jazz scholarships and music education programs in Arizona. The Desert Winds designation was taken from the title of Jacquet's 1964 album for Argo.