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The Black Swan: A History of Race Records

Read "The Black Swan: A History of Race Records" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Montgomery, Alabama native Perry Bradford was an African-American composer and vaudeville musician when he approached General Phonograph Company, Director of Artists, Fred Hagar in 1920. Bradford was pitching Mamie Smith, a relatively unfamiliar pianist and singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Hagar agreed to a two-side recording deal. Widely regarded as a blues singer, Smith more frequently ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

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From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Franco D'Andrea: La sostenibile leggerezza del suonare

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L'occasione è troppo bella per lasciarsela sfuggire: il Maestro Franco D'Andrea è a Roma (siamo nella seconda metà di Settembre) per registrare il suo nuovo disco presso gli studi del Parco della Musica, e siamo stati invitati ad assistere alla sessione. Sono previste due giornate, e il nostro appuntamento è fissato per il primo giorno, nelle ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Harold Danko: His Own Sound, His Own Time

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The famous sculptor, Henry Moore, hit the nail on the head when he said: “there's no retirement for an artist, it's your way of living so there's no end to it." This statement certainly rings true in the case of pianist and composer, Harold Danko. Even though he has retired from a long and distinguished career ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

That Dizzy Cat - Dizzy Gillespie (1945 - 1948)

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Dizzy Gillespie grew up professionally playing in the big bands of Teddy Hill, Cab Calloway, Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine and writing for Woody Herman and Jimmy Dorsey. The wartime economy with its shortages and the musician's strike of the early 1940s led Gillespie to focus on small combos for his own projects, including his seminal ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Unforgettable: Nat King Cole at 100

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Few cities in the U.S. have musical traditions so strong and varied as Chicago's. Although cases can be made for other cities--jny: New Orleans, jny: Detroit, New York, jny: Philadelphia, jny: Los Angeles, and jny: Memphis come to mind--in no other city is the range and depth of musical expression so strong as in Chi-Town. Other ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bebop Big Bands - Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, & Woody Herman (1940 - 1947)

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Although Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Woody Herman soldiered on, mostly keeping bands on the road into the 1970s (Ellington) and 1980s (Basie and Herman), the era of the big band effectively ended with the American Federation of Musicians' strike and World War Two shortages of gas, rubber and players. A leaner combo-oriented music emerged in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Documenting Jazz 2019

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Documenting Jazz
Conservatory of Music and Drama
TU Dublin
jny: Dublin, Ireland
January 17-19, 2019

Jazz music, which has pretty much always meant different things to different people, has been comprehensively documented since its arrival in the first decades of the twentieth century.

The most obvious form ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Etta Jones: A Soulful Sunday - Live At The Left bank

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Pochi si ricordano di Etta Jones e qualcuno la confonderà con {Etta James}}. A dispetto delle alte doti tecniche e interpretative, la cantante non ha avuto i riconoscimenti che meritava. Cresciuta ad Harlem, debuttò negli anni '40 nelle serate per debuttanti dell'Apollo Theater, si fece le ossa con Pete Johnson, Barney Bigard ed Earl Hines, ottenne ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators

Read "Women in Jazz, Part 1: Early Innovators" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

"Lil Hardin [Armstrong]...often imagined herself standing...at the bottom of a ladder, holding it steady for Louis as he rose to stardom." (Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, 2012). “The all-female band is an anomaly in music, one that must constantly prove itself as a 'band,' and not just 'girls playing music together.'" (Mary Ann Clawson, 1999). Everything ...