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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight
Frank R. Hayde
224Pages
ISBN: #13978-1-59580-086-2
Santa Monica Press
2016

When one thinks of Bebop, the names Bird and Dizzy along with Monk, Max and Bud immediately pop up. In the mind's eye, one can see those classic Herman Leonard jazz photos of these Cats ...

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight
Frank R. Hayde
224 Pages
ISBN: #13-978-1-59580-086-2
Santa Monica Press
2016

During the course of Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight, Frank R. Hayde integrates Levey's personal perspective by frequently including excerpts of interviews released with the cooperation of the drummer's family. In a little over ...

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Drummer Stan Levey Improvised His Life with a Steady Beat

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight
Frank R. Hayde
224 Pages
ISBN: # 13-978-1595800862
Santa Monica Press
2016

The word “Heavyweight" in the title of this fast-paced biography of the late great jazz drummer Stan Levey is not just a metaphor for his reputation as a musician. Levey, in addition ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Conte Candoli: Sincerely, Conte

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On the old Tonight Show (as in Carson, not Leno, much less Parr), I once remember “Conte Candoli unwinding a great solo on “King Porter Stomp." No surprise, I guess, for a guy who cut his teeth with the big bands of the late 1940s. But as he went into his second chorus, he quoted “Epistrophy," ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Howard Rumsey: The Lighthouse All Star

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Reprinted from August 2007.

With the release of Ken Koenig's exhaustive, enlightening, and entertaining DVD history of a SoCal treasure, Jazz on the West Coast: The Lighthouse (RoseKing Productions, 2005), 89 year-old Howard Rumsey returns to the spotlight. Bassist, booker, and raconteur extraordinaire, Rumsey presented the best jazz shows in jny: Los Angeles ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chris Smith: At The Intersection Of Scholarship, Performance and Pedagogy

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In the introduction to his book Jazz Matters (University Of California Press, 2010), David Ake writes about bringing “together the practical side of making jazz, the pedagogical side of teaching it, and the academic side of writing about it." (p. 12) “Nothing but good," Ake adds, “can come if we increase the numbers of scholars who ...

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The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis

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The View From The Back Of The Band: The Life And Music Of Mel Lewis
Chris Smith
399 pages
ISBN: #978-1-57441-574-2
University Of North Texas Press
2014

“Good drummers were a rarity and that's all there was to it. There's no ego problem involved, it's just there weren't ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

After 15 Years, a "Caravan" Ends Its Journey

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For nearly fifteen years now, I've been writing two monthly columns here at All About Jazz: this one (Big Band Report) and Big Band Caravan. That is about to change. Starting next month, the two will be pared down to one inclusive column using as its title Big Band Report. So rather than searching the AAJ ...

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Did Stan Kenton Swing? You Bet Your Walkin' Shoes He Did...

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I've been listening to a lot of Stan Kenton's music recently while coming to grips with the age-old question, did the Kenton orchestra really swing? The answer, to me, is a no-brainer: Yes, Kenton swung. Liberally and often. [Note: This of course depends on how “swinging" is defined; opinions may vary]. In his own way--although he'd ...

Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm - Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

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Stan Kenton

Artistry In Rhythm: Portrait Of A Jazz Legend

Jazzed Media

2011

“I thought that [Stan] was an echo of life itself: that life is precious, life is exquisite, and life is magnificent. He lived it, and his legacy points to some of those values. Whether we are able ...