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André Previn (1929-2019)

André Previn (1929-2019)

André Previn, a piano prodigy who began his career at MGM while still in high school in the mid-1940s and excelled at jazz, classical and easy listening in the 1950s and beyond, died on February 28. He was 89. Previn escaped Nazi Germany with his family in 1938 when he was still a child. The family emigrated ...


Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

Read "Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...


Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year

Read "Them There Eyes & Songs for the New Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Welcome September and happy New Year! In the first hour, a celebration of songs by Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes" and “Drinking Again"), followed by artists covering songs by Maria Schneider, and new releases to herald the change of season.

Playlist Rachel Z “All I Want" from Moon at the Window ...


David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe

Read "David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

David Finck is not only a first-call bassist with a long resume of high-profile recordings and gigs, but he's one of the most versatile musicians on any instrument. Finck has been in the studio, touring, and/or sharing the world's greatest stages with everyone from Andre Previn to Ivan Lins, Woody Herman to Natalie Cole and Kenny ...


Mundell Lowe / Lloyd Wells / Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly

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Mainstream jazz guitar doesn't get much better than this. Guitarist Mundell Lowe's long career includes sideman stints with Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, André Previn, and many others; he has composed film and TV scores as well. Co-guitarist Lloyd Wells also grew up in Laurel, Mississippi, giving the pair a hometown connection. The two previously collaborated on ...


A Legend In Concert: Peggy King And The All-Star Jazz Trio At Sellersville Theater On February 1, 2015

A Legend In Concert: Peggy King And The All-Star Jazz Trio At Sellersville Theater On February 1, 2015

Along with Tony Bennett, the legendary songstress Peggy King is one of the few, certifiable stars of stage, screen, radio television and nightclubs still performing today. Peggy King will appear in concert with The All-Star Jazz Trio on Sunday, February 1 for a 2:00 p.m. matinee appearance at the historic Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA. Tickets ...


A Legend In Concert: An Afternoon With Peggy King And The All-Star Jazz Trio

“A Legend in Concert: An Afternoon with Peggy King and The All-Star Jazz Trio,” pairs the famed jazz songstress with the area’s most swinging jazz group, live and in concert at the Philadelphia Ethical Society –1906 Rittenhouse Square—on Sunday afternoon, December 1st. Show time is 3 p.m., tickets are $25 and are available at the door ...


Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

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Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums

Read "Dave Pell: Four Classic Albums" reviewed by David Rickert

If you were to wander up and down the West Coast in the fifties you were more likely to find Dave Pell playing dances on college campuses than in clubs. Despite filling his octet with seasoned musicians who could really cut loose when given the chance, Pell's studio recordings always have a hint of ...


Jazz on Film: Beat, Square & Cool

Read "Jazz on Film: Beat, Square & Cool" reviewed by Skip Heller

Again presenting eight film scores spread across five discs, packaged in a gorgeous box and enclosed with a beautifully illustrated and comprehensively notated booklet, the Moochin' About staff (who are also the force behind the excellent British magazine Jazzwise) have returned with their second installment of noir and near-noir jazz movie music. As with their previous ...