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Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Buddy Catlett, 1933-2014

Buddy Catlett, 1933-2014

I was saddened to learn on the road that Buddy Catlett died yesterday. I remember him looking as he does in this photograph made around the time we were both involved in Seattle’s vibrant jazz community in the early-to-mid 1950s. He left town to work with a variety of large and small bands. By the end ...

The Most Beautiful Thing

Read "The Most Beautiful Thing" reviewed by Michael Bisio

For me music is full of magic, mystery, spirituality, joy, passion and fire, blue to red, yet my journey to conceptualize finds me chasing the most objective truths I can discover, truths stripped of every aesthetic element possible. In High School during an intro to theory class my teacher announced: music is sound in time. We ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

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Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie: Ella and Basie!

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Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie

Ella and Basie!

Verve

1963

In July 1963, singer Ella Fitzgerald and pianist Count Basie's orchestra entered the studio for their first full-length recording session as a collective. They produced a gem for both veteran jazz fans and novices. The album features both artists in top ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Michael Bisio: Stepping Into the Limelight

Read "Michael Bisio: Stepping Into the Limelight" reviewed by Gregory Applegate Edwards

Bassist Michael Bisio has become an increasingly visual and aural presence on the jazz/improvisation scene in the time since he moved from the west coast to New York. Yet he has been a significant contributor in jazz circles for years, and success was no overnight thing. Among other ongoing associations, Bisio is currently the bassist in ...

John Gilbreath: Within Earshot

Read "John Gilbreath: Within Earshot" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

Over the past 90 years, a music scene has been developing in the northwest corner of the US that has provided a fertile imprint on jazz. It may not be as critically important within a historical context as that of New York and New Orleans, but Seattle has a landscape that has been developed and nurtured ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bassist Buddy Catlett, a Seattle Native, Brings Jazz Home

Bassist Buddy Catlett, a Seattle Native, Brings Jazz Home

He's performed with the greats, like Frank, Ella and Louis Armstrong During the 1940s, bassist George James “Buddy" Catlett roamed the streets of Seattle as a teenager, performing with such future luminaries as trumpeter Quincy Jones and pianist Ray Charles. "Seattle was one of the hottest cities in America," Jones said, adding that he and Catlett often performed ...

Buddy Catlett: Here Comes Buddy Catlett

Read "Here Comes Buddy Catlett" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Buddy Catlett is a snapshot of everything that's right and wrong with jazz today. A player with legends for more than fifty years--and supposedly Count Basie's favorite bassist--he's currently gigging as a sideman in a Seattle club on Thursday nights. Such unpretentiousness and enduring passion for the craft is what makes so many longtime players so ...