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ARTICLE: ANATOMY OF A STANDARD

"Ain't Misbehavin'" by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf

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Legendary pianist and songwriter, Thomas Wright “Fats" Waller (1904-1943), contributed several outstanding gems to what we consider today to be the Great American Songbook. These standards include “Honeysuckle Rose" and “Ain't Misbehavin'" (both from 1929), among others. Waller's all-too-brief career reflected the impressive output of a first-rate musician, and showed him to be a talented radio ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Saltzman: Blues, Preludes and Feuds

Read "Blues, Preludes and Feuds" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Solo piano albums have the special place in the cannon of improvised music as a mode of presentation and holds an honored place in jazz; the history could even be traced to music predating the origins of the genre. In mechanical terms, it has not changed, one musical artist sitting at the piano for well over ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Desmond at the Curtis Arboretum: A Great Taste of Philly Jazz on a Summer Evening

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Mary Ellen Desmond
Curtis Arboretum
Philadelphia, PA
July 12, 2009

If you want a picture-perfect setting with a “soiree" feeling for a jazz group, the Curtis Arboretum is it. Located in the Philadelphia suburb of Wyncote, PA, it was created by Mary Louise Curtis Bok, in honor of her father ...