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Dillon "Curley" (aka "Curly") Russell was an American jazz double-bassist, who played bass on many bebop recordings. A member of the Tadd Dameron Sextet, in his heyday he was in demand for his ability to play at the rapid tempos typical of bebop, and appears on several key recordings of the period. He left the music business in the late 1950s. According to jazz historian Phil Schaap the classic bebop tune "Donna Lee", a contrafact on "Back Home Again In Indiana", was named after Curley's daughter. In 2002, she donated her father's bass to the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

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Savoy Records: From Newark To The World

Read "Savoy Records: From Newark To The World" reviewed by Jordan Levy

On June 26, 1942, James Petrillo, President of the American Federation of Musicians, the nations union for working musicians did the unthinkable and announced a recording ban on all major labels. The ban was set in place due to perceived uneven compensation for musicians. The AFM ban on recording occurred at a critical time, as it ...

Cliff Jordan and John Gilmore: Blowing in From Chicago – 1957

Read "Cliff Jordan and John Gilmore: Blowing in From Chicago – 1957" reviewed by Marc Davis

Imagine if Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, at the height of their popularity in 1957, invited a couple of sax guys you've never heard of to play with them. The result would be Blowing in From Chicago--a lively, wonderful record firmly in the Blue Note bop tradition. The rhythm section is ...

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Institute of Jazz Studies Executive Director Job Opening

Institute of Jazz Studies Executive Director Job Opening

Quick: where is the largest, most comprehensive jazz archive and research center in the world? jny: New Orleans? jny: St. Louis? jny: Kansas City? Try another river city farther east. Would you believe jny: Newark, New Jersey? It's true. On a hill above the prosaic Passaic River, where it has been housed at Rutgers University—Newark (RU-N) ...

Introducing Johnny Griffin – Blue Note 1533

Read "Introducing Johnny Griffin – Blue Note 1533" reviewed by Marc Davis

In jazz and rock--heck, even in classical music--there is a sacred throne for those who play fast. Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson occupy such thrones. So do Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen. Fast is fun. Johnny Griffin played fast--very fast. The evidence is here in Griffin's very first album, Introducing Johnny ...

Kenny Dorham: The Complete ‘Round About Midnight at the Café Bohemia – Blue Note 1524

Read "Kenny Dorham: The Complete ‘Round About Midnight at the Café Bohemia – Blue Note 1524" reviewed by Marc Davis

I think I have a new favorite hard bop record. For many years, I considered Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers the perfect hard bop band--the Beatles of the bop set. I still do. I don't know how Blakey managed to find the very best up-and-coming jazz musicians in America, year after year, but ...

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Lou Donaldson: Jazz Paths

Read "Lou Donaldson: Jazz Paths" reviewed by Josep Pedro

One of the few remaining musicians that defined the sound of jazz after the bebop musical revolution, alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson illustrates the richness and ambiguities of jazz evolution during the crucial period between the late forties and early seventies. During these intense and fascinating times of contemporary United States history, jazz exploded into a variety ...

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Charlie Parker: The Complete Masters 1941-54

Read "Charlie Parker: The Complete Masters 1941-54" reviewed by Chris May

Charlie ParkerThe Complete Masters 1941-54Universal France2012 It is possible that more “complete" collections of the work of Charlie Parker have been released than there were recordings made by the saxophonist. And as you beat your way through the box set undergrowth, caution is required. Few of the ...

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Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Monk

Read "Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Chris Kompanek

The remastered Monk is actually two mini-sets melded into one with the first quintet consisting of the underrated trumpeter Ray Copeland, tenor saxophonist Frank Foster and bassist Curly Russell, with the legendary Art Blakey holding it all together on drums. These first four tracks (including a beautiful rendition of the Jerome Kern classic “Smoke Gets in ...

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Bruce Lundvall, presidente de Blue Note

Read "Bruce Lundvall, presidente de Blue Note" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Publicamos la traducción en castellano de esta entrevista, originalmente aparecida en All About Jazz el 15 de mayo del 2003. Bruce Lundvall viajará próximamente a Europa, a los festivales de jazz de Barcelona y Berlín, para conmemorar los 70 años de Blue Note. En Barcelona, Lundvall charlará con el crítico Bob Blumenthal (Institut d'Estudis Nord-americans, 3 ...


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