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Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

Read "Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Stan Kenton Orchestra: Mellophonium Memoirs

Read "Mellophonium Memoirs" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Among bandleader Stan Kenton's many ensembles, surely none has given rise to as many differences of opinion--pro and con--as the Mellophonium Orchestra of the early 1960s. Audiences generally loved the warm and inviting sound of the mellophonium, residing in a nether region between trumpet and trombone; musicians, on the other hand--both those who played the mellophonium ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine

In 1944, Stan Kenton and Charles Lawrence wrote a song called “And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine." Little is known about Lawrence, how he came to write the song with Kenton, or what influenced Joe Greene's lyric—a noir tale about a “sad tomato" wronged by her thuggish husband, whom she shoves into the river only to ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Anita O'Day

Jazz Musician of the Day: Anita O'Day

All About Jazz is celebrating Anita O'Day's birthday today!

Born Anita Belle Colton in Chicago, Illinois on October 18, 1919, O’Day got her start as a teen. She eventually changed her name to O’Day and in the late 1930’s began singing in a jazz club called the Off-Beat, a popular hangout for musicians like band ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five with Debora Galan

Read "Take Five with Debora Galan" reviewed by Debora Galan

About Debora Galan
Through performances of the popular Silk band and numerous guest appearances, the voice of R & B/smooth jazz vocalist Debora Galan is becoming widely known. More fans have come on board with the release of her album, All About Love, which shows the depth of her Latin roots. Says the San Diego Troubadour: ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Gregg Allman: Southern Blood

Read "Southern Blood" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Music made at the end is always necessary listening. It may not be the best, prettiest, most, but it is obligatory if, for no other reason, as a final act of respect for the artist. Examples of compelling music made at the end of an artist's life are manifold. From classical composition, late Mozart, in particular ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bob Corwin and Don Elliott

Bob Corwin and Don Elliott

The closest pairing on the East Coast to the West Coast's Chet Baker and Russ Freeman was Don Elliott and Bob Corwin. Playing together, Elliott and Corwin were breezy, delicate and highly melodic. They could swing wwith ease, and both had an extraordinary ear for harmony. If you're familiar with Elliott, then you know he was ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pauline Ganty: Après

Read "Après" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Après is Swiss singer/composer Pauline Ganty's follow-up to her debut release L'Envol (Unit Records, 2015). Containing 8 carefully-constructed tracks, Après is always fascinating and at times absolutely stunning.

Ganty is one-third of vocal harmony trio The Swinging Ladies, an Andrews Sisters style group devoted to renditions of swing standards. Après is about as far from ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Bria Skonberg: In Flight

Read "Bria Skonberg: In Flight" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Bria Skonberg's roots are in a city more than 2,000 miles--and a different country--away from jny: New Orleans and the traditional jazz music identified with region at the mouth of the Mississippi River. But when she puts her trumpet to her lips and plays, whether with her own quintet or another formation, running through a standard ...