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Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?

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Normally lumped into the 'miscellaneous instruments' category of jazz awards, the cello has been something of a bit player in the colorful history of jazz. That said, today there are arguably more cellists in jazz and contemporary improvised music--and some extraordinary ones at that--than ever before. One of the best known cellists is undoubtedly Erik Friedlander, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Discovering Wardell Gray: An Interview with Biographer Richard Carter

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[This is one of two interviews and an article intended to bring readers' attention to the under-recognized tenor saxophonist, Wardell Gray, whose brief career spanned the transition from swing to bebop and whose life was cut short by sudden and tragic circumstances.]

Richard Carter ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Why the World Should Remember Wardell Gray

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[This article is a commentary to accompany All About Jazz interviews about Wardell Gray with filmmaker Abraham Ravett and biographer Richard Carter, all of which are intended to bring readers' attention to this outstanding but under-recognized tenor saxophonist whose brief career spanned the transition from swing ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Artie Shaw: Classic Bluebird and Victor Sessions

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Artie Shaw

Classic Bluebird and Victor Sessions

Mosaic Records

2009

Shortly after its critically acclaimed box set comprising clarinetist Benny Goodman's essential recordings-- The Columbia and Okeh Benny Goodman Orchestra Sessions (2009), which was released to coincide with the centenary of the “King of Swing"--Mosaic Records has done it again. The Classic ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Dodo Marmarosa: Troubled Pianist Made Brief But Lasting Impact On Jazz

Dodo Marmarosa: Troubled Pianist Made Brief But Lasting Impact On Jazz

Michael “Dodo" Marmarosa was a reclusive personality who flitted in and out of jazz history after making an initial but lasting impact as one of the progenitors of bebop in the mid to late 1940s. He was said to have been a prodigiously gifted child at the piano in his native Pittsburgh, where his school mates included ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa: Legendary jazz pianist

Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa: Legendary jazz pianist

Michael “Dodo" Marmarosa, a piano wunderkind who was for about a decade one of the most sought-after pianists in the history of jazz, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 76. For the past few years, Mr. Marmarosa was a resident at the VA Medical Center in Lincoln Lemington, where he occasionally played piano and ...