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Larry Fine: Larry Fine Meets Stuff Smith: Fine Stuff

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Larry Fine was often shown playing the violin in various The Three Stooges shorts, but what many fans don't realize is that he really played the instrument. Fortunately, he was also interested in jazz and an admirer of Stuff Smith. This long forgotten radio broadcast likely originated from a Hollywood club during one of the recording ...

Elton John & Lady Gaga: New Horizons

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With over 40 albums to his credit, numerous hit songs, and having co-written a successful Broadway musical, Elton John continues to sell out arenas in his fifth decade as a performer. Lady Gaga doesn't have his extensive résumé, but she has attracted a lot of attention with outrageous stunts and costumes as wild as some of ...

Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz

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Various Artists
Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz
Naxos Jazz

Various documentaries have been made about jazz over the years with mixed results. While the 1993 DVD Masters of American Music: The Story of Jazz is only 98 minutes long, it ends up being far more wide-ranging, ...

Keith Jarrett: Trio, Solo & Duo

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Keith Jarrett

Standards in Sweden I & II

Blue Music Group


Keith Jarrett

Paris/London: Testament



Keith Jarrett




Though one of the most lyrically gifted pianists of his generation, ...

Duo Piano: Two For the Ages

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Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes

Double Portrait

Blue Note


Eric Reed & Cyrus Chestnut

Plenty Swing, Plenty Soul



The debate continues as to whether having two pianos is merely a novelty or something that ...

Jon Mayer: Nightscape

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Jon Mayer was working professionally as a jazz pianist as a teen back in the '50s, while attending the Manhattan School of Music. As well as working as a sideman with Tony Scott, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and others, along with taking part in record dates with John Coltrane ...

Lew Tabackin: Jazz na Hrade

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Lew Tabackin began to make his mark in the '60s, touring or recording with Maynard Ferguson, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Duke Pearson, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones, Donald Byrd and The Tonight Show Band. From 1968-69, he was a main soloist with the Danish Radio Orchestra. He helped his wife, Toshiko Akiyoshi, to form her long-running ...

Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday

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Billie Holiday
Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday has long been acknowledged as one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time. With her extensive catalogue of recordings for several labels, Holiday's music has been readily accessible though relatively little live footage with audio ...

Two by One For All

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One For All
Jazz Legacy

One For All
Return of the Lineup
Sharp Nine

One For All is a collective of hard bop/straight-ahead players who have busy ...

Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at Jazz Standard

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Fred Hersch has amassed an impressive discography since his arrival on the jazz scene in the '70s. In addition to stints with Stan Getz, Art Farmer and Toots Thielemans, and numerous appearances as a sideman, the pianist has recorded over two dozen albums as a leader, co-leader or solo performer, as well as composing extensively. Hersch, ...