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Lucky Millinder

He played no instruments, sang no songs, never became a noted composer, but in his own way, a musician of undeniable talent. He put bands together, got the vocalists, the right songs, and presented the entire package. Lucky Millinder was a genuine showman who was very much in the spotlight, while, contributing to the background of Jazz, Blues, Rhythm and Blues and all that followed. The man who would be nicknamed Lucky was born Lucius Venable Millinder in Anniston, Alabama August 8, 1900, but it was exposure to his folks new home in Chicago that would provide more than luck to Lucky Millinder's musical development

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Birth of Bebop (1939 - 1945)

Read "The Birth of Bebop (1939 - 1945)" reviewed by Russell Perry

"By the early 1940s... a new approach to small-combo jazz playing was developing, characterized by a more flexible approach to rhythm, a more aggressive pursuit of instrumental virtuosity, and an increasingly adventurous harmonic language."--Scott Deveaux Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins -the pioneers of Bebop. Playlist Host Intro 0:00 ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Forward Into The Past

Read "Forward Into The Past" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

It's in the nature of most jazz musicians to reach out for the new but a few find their inspiration in the music of the pre-bebop era. Here are three examples. Ernie Krivda and Swing City A Bright And Shining Moment Capri Records 2018 Saxophonist Ernie Krivda is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Glenn Crytzer Orchestra: Ain't It Grand?

Read "Ain't It Grand?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As Karen Carpenter once sang, it's “yesterday once more"--at least it is whenever and wherever the gregarious Glenn Crytzer Orchestra springs into action. Crytzer's ensemble not only revitalizes songs from the long-ago Swing Era of the 1920s, '30s and '40s, its high-stepping two-CD set, Ain't It Grand?, even sounds as though it were recorded in those ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Who Was Jane Fielding?

Who Was Jane Fielding?

Back in 2012, I posted on Jane Fielding, a husky-voiced vocalist who recorded just two albums—Introducing Jane Fielding (1955) and Embers Glow (1956)—along with two songs performed on Bobby Troup's Stars of Jazz in 1957. Then she disappeared. At the end of the post, I originally asked Ms. Fielding to reach out to me. In February ...

NEWS: EVENT

Return Engagement For "Last Call At The Downbeat" In April!

Return Engagement For "Last Call At The Downbeat" In April!

In November 1942, 25-year-old trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie is in Philadelphia leading his own quartet for a 7-week engagement at the Downbeat Club. He’s just been fired by Lucky Millinder after a stint at the famed Earle Theatre at 11th and Market Streets—right around the corner. It’s war time, and big band swing is still the rage, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

In Memoriam: Dr. Yusef Abdul Lateef

Read "In Memoriam: Dr. Yusef Abdul Lateef" reviewed by John Wesley Reed Jr.

Yusef Lateef defined music far from Western concepts while presenting cross-cultural fusions. His life was committed as a premier jazz saxophonist, flutist, and many woodwinds entering crossing musical boundaries. This journey ended on Monday, December 23, 2013 at his home in Shutesbury, Amherst, Massachusetts. Dr. Lateef was 93 years old. Dr. Lateef's distinctive sound ...

All About Sonny

Read "All About Sonny" reviewed by Dom Minasi

I bet you thought I meant Sonny Rollins. When you hear the name Sonny, it's usually synonymous with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Fortune or even Sonny Sharrock; all of them jazz heroes. But there is a Sonny you probably have never heard of before who is a super hero.Who is he? His name ...

Ram-Bunk-Shush

Label: Lester Recording Catalog
Released: 1991


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