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ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries for March" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We're off to Van Gelder's for Blue Note sessions from March 1969, including tracks originally from the Elvin Jones LP The Prime Element with Lee Morgan, George Coleman, and Joe Farrell. And there's Blue Note #7 from 1939, as well as 21st century music that grabbed my ears. Enjoy the show. Next week: listener favorites and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tony DePaolis: The Contemporary Dynamic

Read "The Contemporary Dynamic" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne



Take everything you know about what a debut record should and should not be. Now promptly throw those ideas into oncoming traffic and don't look back.

Young Pittsburgh bassist Tony DePaolis has redefined the boundaries of the all-important debut record with The Contemporary Dynamic. It's a concept album. It's a double album. ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: November 1968 & More

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: November 1968 & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Blue Note sessions recorded in November, 1968 from Lou Donaldson (with Charles Earland, Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Ponder and Idris Muhammad), Bobby Hutcherson (with Stanley Cowell and Harold Land) and McCoy Tyner.

Bien sur, there's more, including 78 rpm recordings of The Port Of Harlem Jazz Men from 1939--the ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Ponder's birthday today!

An excellent guitarist, and sometimes vocalist, with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Pittsburgh native Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder, a self taught ...

Organissimo: B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four

Read "B3tles: A Soulful Tribute To The Fab Four" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

When one thinks of jazz cities responsible for contributing some of the music's most important artists, Detroit is always a name that pops up at the top of the list. A short list of icons who hail from the city would have to include Ron Carter, the Jones Brothers, James Carter, Pepper Adams, Louis Hayes, and ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Ponder's birthday today!

An excellent guitarist, and sometimes vocalist, with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Pittsburgh native Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder, a self taught ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Ponder's birthday today!

An excellent guitarist, and sometimes vocalist, with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Pittsburgh native Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder, a self taught ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output

Read "Jimmy Ponder: His Recorded Output" reviewed by Colter Harper

Jazz history has been intimately tied to its recorded output. Styles and genres are defined by landmark records, which stand responsible for representing the diffuse activities and artistic visions of a given musical community or individual. However, recordings are not simply glimpses of past musical realities but rather images of those realities filtered through various “lenses." ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Guitarist Jimmy Ponder (1946-2013)

Guitarist Jimmy Ponder (1946-2013)

By Colter Harper I first met Jimmy when he was teaching at a jazz camp for high school students in jny: Pittsburgh. I was 15, recently turned on to Wes Montgomery, and trying to make sense of the music. Ponder was the first guitarist I had heard in person who embodied the music. He poured himself through ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Jimmy Ponder: 1946-2013

Jimmy Ponder: 1946-2013

Soul-Jazz guitarist Jimmy Ponder was well known to serious jazz lovers for his recordings as a leader and appearances as a sideman on 80 albums. His unique bluesy sound, which incorporated Wes Montgomery's approach of playing octaves with the thumb, has influenced other guitarists. Ponder's playing was described as aggressive rhythm-and-blues figurations with swift and lucid chromatic ...