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Chet Baker: Time Unhinged

Chet Baker: Time Unhinged

Chet Baker was a jazz romantic quietly frustrated that the passage of time refused to slow down. The early 1950s was his moment, and the years that followed moved like sand through his hands, leaving him confounded and depressed. Like a movie star who suddenly grows too old for the parts he or she played best, ...

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Get Out and Get Under the Moon

Get Out and Get Under the Moon

I was 12 on July 20, 1969. We had just moved to the Town of Cortlandt, a wooded hamlet an hour north of New York. The public schools were becoming too rough and classes too crowded in northern Manhattan, and my artist parents didn't have the means for private school. So on that Sunday, I was ...

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Rose Max: Bossa Nova 2013

Rose Max: Bossa Nova 2013

On March 21 and 22, 2013, Brazilian vocalist Rose Max was in Costa Rica with guitarist Ramatis Morais, pianist Michael Orta, bassist Jamie Ousley and drummer Carlomagno Araya. They were backed by Costa Rica's National Symphony Orchestra at the National Theatre of Costa Rica in San José. The orchestra was arranged and conducted by Jeremy Fox, ...

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Five Tadd Dameron Clips

Five Tadd Dameron Clips

The beauty and sophistication of Tadd Dameron's compositions and arrangements are impossibly seductive. Let's extend the Dameronia week with five YouTube clips: Here's Vanessa Rubin singing Dameron's On a Misty Night... Here's John's Delight in 1947, named for a line guitarist John Collins conceived... Here's Dizzy Gillespie's big band in 1947 playing Good Bait... Here's Barry Harris playing Casbah... And here's ...

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Bob Gordon + Jack Montrose

Bob Gordon + Jack Montrose

Bob Gordon was a fabulous West Coast baritone saxophonist whose brilliant jazz career was cut short at age 24 in a car accident. On August 28, 1955, Gordon and trumpeter Earl McCrea were driving to San Diego to play in a Pete Rugolo concert. Gordon's car was proceeding north on St. Andrew Place in Los Angeles ...

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The Music of Memorial Day

The Music of Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day in the U.S., a day when Americans celebrate the start of summer and honor the soldiers who died while in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces (and our allies worldwide). The holiday's origins can be tracked to 1861, when the graves of fallen soldiers began to be decorated in the U.S. ...

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Playing Like Jim Hall

Playing Like Jim Hall

Guitarist Jim Hall had a way with notes. His improvisational style often involved taking a song apart and reassembling it in jagged pieces. He enjoyed the dissonances as much as the resolutions, and below it all was the most swinging, seductive rhythm. Jim was a huge inspiration for many guitarists and still is. Here are seven guitarists ...

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Prez Day: Lester Young Clips

Prez Day: Lester Young Clips

Here in the U.S. today, the country is celebrating President's Day, a national holiday set up in the 1880s to cover both George Washington (22nd) and Abraham Lincoln's (12th) February birthdays. At JazzWax, we celebrate Lester Young, whom Billie Holiday nicknamed the President or Prez of the tenor saxophone. Whether or not you're familiar with Prez ...

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10 Favorite September Songs

10 Favorite September Songs

With the arrival of September, summer is unofficially over and autumn is sort of here. It's just a matter of time now in New York when the temperature will downshift into the low 70s and then the 60s. Apples, suede and boots follow, with Central Park turning color and the distant smell of brownstone fireplaces on ...

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Bill Evans: Very Early '70s

Bill Evans: Very Early '70s

Bill Evans changed in early 1972. The pianist who had looked like a gaunt accountant in the 1960s sported a mustache by 1971. A year later, his hair was college-campus long. He also sounded different. Instead of playing with poetic patience and lots of space, Evans sounded more agitated in his keyboard attack. This visual and ...