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NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

All About Jazz is celebrating Jay McShann's birthday today!

“The Last of the Blue Devils” Jay “Hootie” McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s, and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie, established what came to be known as the Kansas City sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over a ...

Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 & 4

Read "Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 & 4" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Today is the day that I finally come clean about Art Pepper and me. In 1984, I was taking a year off between having finished Pharmacy School and beginning a graduate program in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design. During this time, I had my yearly eye appointment with my ophthalmologist, one Dr. A. Henry Thomas, with ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

All About Jazz is celebrating Jay McShann's birthday today!

“The Last of the Blue Devils” Jay “Hootie” McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s, and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie, established what came to be known as the Kansas City sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over a ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls at The Wexner Center for The Arts

Read "Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Bird Calls at The Wexner Center for The Arts" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa brought his quintet to the Wexner Center at The Ohio State University February 27, 2016, to play his book of original compositions precipitated by the music of Charlie Parker. The audience to this sold out show was left with the proverbial question: which came first, the chicken or the egg?

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

All About Jazz is celebrating Jay McShann's birthday today!

“The Last of the Blue Devils” Jay “Hootie” McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s, and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie, established what came to be known as the Kansas City sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over a ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

J.J. Johnson: An Eminent Life in Music

Read "J.J. Johnson: An Eminent Life in Music" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This interview with trombonist J.J. Johnson along with Joshua Berrett and Louis G. Bourgois III, authors of his biography, The Musical World of J.J. Johnson (Scarecrow Press) was first published at All About Jazz in November 1999.

All About Jazz: Congratulations to Josh and Louis on your new book--and to J.J. for now having ...

Jimmy Smith: Midnight Special – Blue Note 4078

Read "Jimmy Smith: Midnight Special – Blue Note 4078" reviewed by Marc Davis

The history of jazz is filled with great pairs: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn--Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker--Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond--Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul.

Add one more pair to the list: Jimmy Smith and Stanley Turrentine.

Smith was the ground-breaking organist, steeped in the blues, who introduced the Hammond B-3 ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jay McShann

All About Jazz is celebrating Jay McShann's birthday today! “The Last of the Blue Devils” Jay “Hootie” McShann landed in Kansas City in the 1930s, and along with fellow pianist and bandleader Count Basie, established what came to be known as the Kansas City sound: blues rooted jazz driven by swinging horns laid over a powerful but ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Lenny Pickett: Equal Opportunity Explorer

Read "Lenny Pickett: Equal Opportunity Explorer" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Lenny Pickett is one of those tenor saxophonists who people have heard over and over and, if they're not paying attention, they don't realize it. If they are listening, they will probably pick up on his wailing altissimo phrases and his ballsy, funky sound.

He's one of those players, like David Sanborn, who has ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

John Riley: Inspiring Innovation

Read "John Riley: Inspiring Innovation" reviewed by Ben Scholz

Foremost an innovator, John Riley has always been a “drummer's drummer" in the world of straight-ahead jazz. With nearly a hundred recordings, a dozen videos, and five books under his belt, Riley is a veritable font of knowledge in the bebop realm. In this article, we take a look back at some of his musical endeavors ...