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Jazz Musicians Who Sang

Jazz Musicians Who Sang

Besides Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and many pianists like Shirley Horn, Matt Dennis and others who played and sang at clubs, a good number of jazz musicians could sing quite well. Here are eight: Here's trombonist Jack Teagarden playing and singing It's All in Your Mind... Here's pianist Oscar Peterson singing Orange Colored ...

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Five Videos: Duke Ellington

Five Videos: Duke Ellington

The rise of swing and jazz's sophisticated elegance starts with Duke Ellington. His first recordings were with Wilbur Sweatman and His Acme Syncopators in August 1924. His first leadership 78 was recorded in November of that year, billed as the Washingtonians. His first Columbia recording came in March 1927, with East St. Louis Toodle-oo, Hop Head ...

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Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

Like many Latin legends—including Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Carlos “Patato" Valdés, Ray Barretto, Candido, Carlos Vidal and others—Poncho Sanchez is a percussionist. Born in Laredo, Texas, Sanchez has been a leading conga player and bandleader for decades. His big break came in 1975, when vibraphonist Cal Tjader hired him for his band. Before he died in ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Johnny Costa Albums Reissued

Johnny Costa Albums Reissued

On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers was in Washington, D.C., testifying before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications. Rogers hosted Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, a children's show launched in Pittsburgh in 1968 on National Educational Television. He was in the hot seat trying to prevent a promised $20 million federal grant to PBS and the Corporation for ...

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John Koenig on Art Pepper

John Koenig on Art Pepper

Last week, I caught up with John Koenig, son of Lester Koenig, who founded Contemporary Records in Los Angeles in 1951. Lester and Contemporary were instrumental in preserving some of the finest music recorded on the West Coast in the 1950s and beyond. John is a cellist, attorney and Grammy-nominated producer. When I spoke with John, ...

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Doc: Earl "Fatha" Hines

Doc: Earl "Fatha" Hines

Earl Hines revolutionized the piano in the 1930s and, with Art Tatum, remains jazz's mightiest player. His fearsome, trumpet-like octave attack incorporated all aspects of the jazz orchestra. Instead of cranking out machine-like syncopation on the keyboard, Hines's swing style gave the piano a personality free from the rhythm section and set the stage for the ...

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The Beatles: Abbey Road

The Beatles: Abbey Road

Abbey Road was the last Beatles album on which all four members recorded together. By the time they gathered to work on their 11th studio album at the Abbey Road Studios between February and August 1969, they had done it all, seen it all and owned virtually everything they ever wanted. In fact, they had become ...

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New Videos: Oscar Peterson

New Videos: Oscar Peterson

Last week, Mattias Nilsson in Sweden sent along four links to new videos of pianist Oscar Peterson in action on TV in Sweden, Canada and the U.S. The Dick Cavett Show appearance has been featured at JazzWax, but this is a fresh print with better sound. Here's OP putting on a spectacular show... Here's Oscar Peterson in ...

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Jimmy Heath: Holland, 2012

Jimmy Heath: Holland, 2012

A mysterious CD arrived a couple of weeks ago from a reader. The album's title is The Voice of the Saxophone, featuring the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw of the Netherlands, conducted by Henk Meutgeert and featuring solos by tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath. That's all the information that came with the CD, and the sender said ...

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Harold Mabern: 1936-2019

Harold Mabern: 1936-2019

Harold Mabern, a pianist who came relatively late to prominence but quickly carved out space as a hard-bop and soul-jazz legend, died September 17. He was 83. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Mabern was self-taught and came under the sway of local jazz pianist Phineas Newborn Jr. In 1954 he moved to Chicago, where he began recording ...