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Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Krupa's birthday today!

Gene Krupa was easily one of the most colorful personalities of the big band era. Despite his outrageous stage persona, Krupa was a serious and disciplined musician whose vision changed the role of drummer forever and who helped standardize the jazz drum kit. Eugene Bertram Krupa ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chris McDonald: A Big (Band) Swinging Christmas!

Read "A Big (Band) Swinging Christmas!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

A Big (Band) Swinging Christmas! is at least the tenth holiday album recorded by the peerless arranger Chris McDonald's impressive Jazz Orchestra--but the first one whose title has been amplified by an exclamation mark. Could it be that this one is extra-special? That's hard to say, as the albums that preceded it have all been remarkably ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano at the Painted Bride

Read "PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano at the Painted Bride" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

PRISM Quartet with Joe Lovano
Painted Bride Art Center
Heritage/Evolution
Philadelphia, PA
June 3, 2017

An optical prism breaks down white light into the distinct colors of the spectrum. For the PRISM Quartet, this analogy applies in two ways 1) the expression of the music in the four registers of ...

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2

Read "The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 of Jazz and Protest took an in-depth look at two landmark artists and the songs that laid the groundwork for protest within the jazz community. Billie Holiday's “Strange Fruit" took a circuitous route from its origins as a poem to its successful recording on a small label that was not afraid to lend a ...

Cloudland Re-Revisited: Think of One

Read "Cloudland Re-Revisited: Think of One" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

In the nearly sixteen years I've been at my post as resident Genius here at AAJ, the question has often come up as to how I came to be the Dean of American Jazz Humorists®. As most of you know, I was born in Kentucky to West Virginia hillbillies and raised in the Blue Ridge mountains ...

NEWS: EVENT

Buddy Rich Year-Long Centennial Celebration To Begin At Lincoln Center Tribute on April 7 and 8 at Lincoln Center

Buddy Rich Year-Long Centennial Celebration To Begin At Lincoln Center Tribute on April 7 and 8 at Lincoln Center

Cathy Rich, daughter of the iconic and Award-winning drummer Buddy Rich and vocalist with the Buddy Rich Band, announced today that a year-long tribute will take place celebrating the life and legacy of Buddy Rich on the occasion of the legend’s centennial. After her father’s passing, Cathy devoted herself to preserving the legacy she was born ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story

Read "Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story" reviewed by Richard  J Salvucci

There is a story told of the last night of an iconic jazz club in Philadelphia in 1966. The bandleader-owner, it was said, had been called away prior to closing. He was unable to return before the end of the last set. Walking back, he watched the crowd filing out. Some, I am told, had tears ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pianist Mike Longo's Consolidated Artists Productions To Release His New CD, "Only Time Will Tell," March 31

Pianist Mike Longo's Consolidated Artists Productions To Release His New CD, "Only Time Will Tell," March 31

Connoisseurs of jazz piano trios will welcome the release, on March 31, of Only Time Will Tell, the new trio recording by piano master Mike Longo with Paul West on bass and Lewis Nash on drums. The disc is Longo’s 20th for the CAP (Consolidated Artists Productions) label, and his 26th since debuting as a leader ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Krupa

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Krupa's birthday today!

Gene Krupa was easily one of the most colorful personalities of the big band era. Despite his outrageous stage persona, Krupa was a serious and disciplined musician whose vision changed the role of drummer forever and who helped standardize the jazz drum kit. Eugene Bertram Krupa ...