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Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

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Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

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Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - On the Road and In Demand

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World-renown trumpeter, saxophonist, musical director, producer and entrepreneur. These are but a mere handful of words that describe the vast talent in Glenn Zottola's bag of musical marvels. There are others: child prodigy, creative genius, “musical natural" and aural savant also percolate rapidly to mind. Now ...

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Ron Aprea: Passion Supreme

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Ron Aprea is a saxophonist's saxophonist. After all, none less than the late, great Frank Foster called him friend, confidant, section mate and leader. And Foster wasn't alone in this regard. Aprea has been a mainstay and graced the sax section in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and many others. A multi-faceted musician with ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

The National Jazz Museum In Harlem

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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem is at 104, E 126th Street, a few steps from the bridge that carries the Metro North trains to and from Connecticut from the 125th Street station. Situated on the second floor, the museum is primarily a suite of offices with a large front area that presents photographs, video documentaries ...

Oscar Peterson: Debut: The Clef / Mercury Duo Recordings 1949-1951

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Oscar Peterson

Debut: The Clef / Mercury Duo Recordings 1949-1951

Verve Music Group

2010

Piano giant Oscar Peterson's professional career spanned approximately 60 years and produced a prolific amount of recordings, though most of what he waxed during his first two decades was for labels launched by jazz impresario Norman Granz. But Peterson's ...

ARTICLE: BIG JAZZ NERD

Shut Yo' Mouth

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Yo, Dr. Pravitz,

I say Slam Stewart and Major Holley were singers. My friend says they were bass players. Who's right?

Bill Dunlop, Cambridge, Mass.

Bill:

Turns out you're both right. Stewart and Holley were bass players and contemporaries, and they both sang while they soloed on the ...

The Rudy Van Gelder Blue Note Editions

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As far as jazz goes from the hard bop era, two names are synonymous with their groundbreaking work of the period-Blue Note Records and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Blue Note released a canon of recordings that have been revered by collectors and musicians alike over the years and Van Gelder was the man behind the ...