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Vince Guaraldi

By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as "a reformed boogie-woogie piano player"—worked hard for his big break. The man eventually dubbed "Dr. Funk" by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln High School and then San Francisco State College. Guaraldi began performing while in college, haunting sessions at the Black Hawk and Jackson's Nook, sometimes with the {{Chubby Jackson = 7916}} / {{Bill Harris = 7445}} band, other times in combos with {{Sonny Criss = 5984}} and {{Bill Harris = 7445}}

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Ralph Towner: The Accidental Guitarist

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Ralph Towner is a rather atypical figure in the vast world of jazz guitar. His instruments of choice are the classical guitar, which when he started, in the '60s, was played almost exclusively by guitarists related to Brazilian music like Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeida and Bola Sete, and the 12-string guitar, very common in the folk ...

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Ralph Towner: un americano a Roma

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Ralph Towner rappresenta sicuramente una figura atipica nel vasto mondo della chitarra jazz. In primo luogo per gli strumenti usati: la chitarra classica, che negli anni '60 in ambito jazzistico era utilizzata solamente da musicisti legati alla musica brasiliana come Charlie Byrd, Laurindo Almeida e Bola Sete, e la chitarra 12-corde, che proveniva dal mondo folk ...

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The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi

Read "The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by Marc Davis

Vince GuaraldiThe Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi Jazz Casual Productions 2016 In 1962, jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi scored a surprise hit with his catchy, upbeat record “Cast Your Fate to the Wind." Three years later, millions of Americans who thought they didn't like jazz discovered Guaraldi's music on the debut ...

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This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

Vast audiences were first introduced to jazz through a cartoon special about Charlie Brown's uneasy relationship with Christmas… And many more were attracted by the sound of the early cross-over hit, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind“… It's fair to say that composer/pianist Vince Guaraldi helped shape the landscape of popular jazz, bringing generations along with ...

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Derrick Bang: Vince Guaraldi at the Piano

Read "Derrick Bang: Vince Guaraldi at the Piano" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Vince Guaraldi at the Piano Derrick Bang 390 pages ISBN: 978-0-7864-5902-5 McFarland Books 2012 Based on Derrick Bang's encyclopedic biography of pianist Vince Guaraldi, you can draw two perhaps surprising conclusions about the subject's contribution to jazz. First, Guaraldi arguably hipped more listeners to this musical form ...

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Paul Meyers: Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess

Read "Paul Meyers Quartet featuring Frank Wess" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

This is a very smooth outing from Paul Meyers, mixing standards--both the rather ripe ("I Cover The Waterfront") and the lesser-known (Billy Strayhorn's “Snibor")--with Meyers originals as showcases for his acoustic nylon string guitar. “Smooth" should not be taken to mean “smooth jazz": there is just the right amount of edge in the musicians' interaction to ...

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Nelson Veras: Solo Session Vol. 1

Read "Solo Session Vol. 1" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Guitarist Nelson Veras's considerable sideman experience has favored the acoustic instrument--a highlight is his mild-mannered straight man to Manu Codjia's volatile electric guitar on Christophe Wallemme's fine large-ensemble Namaste (Bee Jazz, 2006).The relationship between Veras's playing and classic Brazilian guitar--Hélio Delmiro, João Gilberto, Bola Sete--is like that between James Blood Ulmer's playing and the ...

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Vince Guaraldi: The Definitive Vince Guaraldi

Read "The Definitive Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by David Rickert

Many of us were turned on to jazz before we even knew what it was, thanks to Vince Guaraldi. His soundtracks for the Peanuts television specials were a novel idea in cartoon scoring, yet seemed to perfectly fit the deceptively sophisticated adventures of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. His originals were some ...

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Bola Sete: Voodoo Village

Read "Voodoo Village" reviewed by David Rickert

In the mid-sixties bossa nova was the second most popular music after rock and roll, a situation that gave talented artists like Bola Sete exposure that otherwise might have been elusive. Like Charlie Byrd, another artist who paid the rent with Brazilian music, Sete combined formidable classical and flamenco chops with a jazz sensibility to create ...


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