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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nick Brignola: Big Horn, Strong Words

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This article first appeared in Coda Magazine in 1978.

With the possible exception of torture, there has never been an art form more maligned than jazz. So, it is inevitable that every once in a while there is an exceptional musician who finds that the financial rewards of being a jazz musician are too ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roberta Piket: One for Marian

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In 1945, as World War II came to an end, Marian McPartland (1918-2013) moved from England to the United Sates with her then husband, trumpeter Jimmy McPartland. She had already achieved some notoriety as a pianist on radio shows and with the USO, and in the U.S., with her husband's encouragement, she found a secure niche ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Why The Cornet? (Revisited And Revised With Video)

Why The Cornet? (Revisited And Revised With Video)

Because of circumstances too complicated and mundane to relate, there will be no Monday Recommendation today. Stuff happens. Maybe there will be a Tuesday Recommendation tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a Rifftides post that appeared nearly ten years ago. Possibly you had forgotten about it. The staff has removed outdated links and added video that ...

NEWS: EVENT

Brownie Speaks At Newport! A Special Night Of Film And Music

Brownie Speaks At Newport! A Special Night Of Film And Music

Brownie Speaks at Newport: July 30, 2015, 7:30pm (Eve of the Newport Jazz Festival) at the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center (49 Touro Street Street, Newport, Rhode Island 02840). Free and open to the public. “Now it’s our pleasure to present a young man who has astounded the jazz world with his amazing talent in the last two years. ...

NEWS: RADIO

Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man Of Jazz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man Of Jazz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz: photographer, author and record producer Hank O’Neal, who collaborated on Eddie Condon’s Scrapbook of Jazz talks about the Condon legacy. Eddie’s daughter Maggie Condon shares her wealth of memories. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On

Read "A Great Day in Harlem: The Spirit Lives - 50 Years On" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This encore presentation from January 2009 celebrates Jean Bach, director of A Great Day in Harlem. Ms. Bach died on May 27th at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.

It is probably the most celebrated ensemble jazz portrait of all time. Fifty-seven of the greatest jazz musicians gathered together on the steps of a ...

NEWS: RADIO

Jimmy McPartland This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Jimmy McPartland This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week, Riverwalk Jazz pays tribute to the Chicago jazz cornetist Jimmy McPartland, husband of public radio's Marian McPartland. The couple met in Britain while Jimmy was serving in the armed forces during WWII. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM sattelite radio and can be streamed on- demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. Jimmy McPartland ...

NEWS: RADIO

"Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz" This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

"Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz" This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week, Riverwalk Jazz presents Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man of Jazz. A fast-talking, wisecracking Midwesterner, Condon epitomized Chicago Jazz. The show is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM Sattelite Radio and streamed worldwide from the Riverwalk Jazz website. Joining us this week is photographer, author and record producer Hank O'Neal, who collaborated on Eddie Condon's Scrapbook of ...

NEWS: RADIO

Ben Pollack on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Ben Pollack on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Jim Cullum Jazz Band drummer Hal Smith joins host David Holt to talk about Ben Pollack's often overlooked contribution to jazz. The show is heard on public radio stations nationwide, distributed by Public Radio International, and can also be heard on XM/Sirius sattelite radio and streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website here.Jimmy McPartland, ...

Jazz Oracle: Portal to Antiquity

Read "Jazz Oracle: Portal to Antiquity" reviewed by Nathan Holaway



“Life would be no better than candlelight tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been."--George Eliot

The world will never be able to hear exactly how Beethoven or Bach played their instruments, but it can hear how artists such as clarinetist Wilbur Sweatman and clarinetist and ...