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NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

All About Jazz is celebrating Horace Parlan's birthday today!

Horace Parlan has overcome physical disability and thrived as a pianist despite it. His right hand was partially crippled by polio in his childhood, but Parlan\'s made frenetic, highly rhythmic right hand phrases part of his characteristic style, contrasting them with striking left-hand chords. He\'s also ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History

Read "Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History" reviewed by Steve Rowland

This article was first published at the Explore PA History website.

At first glance, Pittsburgh might not seem the most likely place to produce great jazz musicians. Situated on the western edge of the state, “Smoketown" was a gritty industrial city, better known for being the center of the nation's steel industry, than for ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

All About Jazz is celebrating Horace Parlan's birthday today!

Horace Parlan has overcome physical disability and thrived as a pianist despite it. His right hand was partially crippled by polio in his childhood, but Parlan\'s made frenetic, highly rhythmic right hand phrases part of his characteristic style, contrasting them with striking left-hand chords. He\'s also ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Horace Parlan: Solo Recordings

Horace Parlan: Solo Recordings

For much of his recording career, pianist Horace Parlan functioned as a spirited accompanist. He played with Charles Mingus in the late 1950s and then became a house keyboardist for Blue Note Records, appearing behind Lou Donaldson, Tommy Turrentine, Dexter Gordon, Stanley Turrentine and others. He also recorded with Tubby Hayes, Slide Hampton, Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Stanley Turrentine: 3 Videos

Stanley Turrentine: 3 Videos

Stanley Turrentine (1934-2000) had a big, full, bossy sound on the tenor saxophone—less sassy than, say, Gene Ammons, but smokier with a strong, soulful attack. He was at his best when paired with pianist Horace Parlan or his wife, organist Shirley Scott. In the following three videos, we get a sense of Turrentine's soul-jazz feel and ...

US4: My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan

Read "My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Once in a while, you encounter a special album that tells the story of a remarkable musician, not only as a snapshot, but as a full musical narrative with words and pictures. My Scandinavian Blues: A Tribute to Horace Parlan is such an album.

The main character, pianist and composer, Horace Parlan, does ...

Horace Parlan: Up and Down – 1961

Read "Horace Parlan: Up and Down – 1961" reviewed by Marc Davis

I have a new hero: Pianist Horace Parlan. Until recently, I had heard of Parlan, but never really heard him. I certainly never knew his back story. It's inspirational--and his music is pretty damn good, too.

Parlan had a handicap. As a child, he lost some function in his right hand due to polio. ...

Noah Preminger: Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground

Read "Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Saxophonist Noah Preminger got this backwards. His latest release, Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground should have preceded the 2015 recording Pivot: Live At The 55 Bar. Same quartet of trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass, and drummer Ian Froman. Same theme, the Delta Blues. The reverse order observation is a historical one. Where ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Horace Parlan

All About Jazz is celebrating Horace Parlan's birthday today!

Horace Parlan has overcome physical disability and thrived as a pianist despite it. His right hand was partially crippled by polio in his childhood, but Parlan\'s made frenetic, highly rhythmic right hand phrases part of his characteristic style, contrasting them with striking left-hand chords. He\'s also ...

Luther Thomas: In Denmark

Read "Luther Thomas: In Denmark" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Denmark has a long tradition of jazz immigration and in the land where the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was born, it is truly a musical fairy tale that such great artists as saxophonists Ben Webster, Dexter Gordon and Stan Getz have lived and worked in the country, along with pianists like Kenny Drew and Horace ...