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The Complete Morton Project

The Complete Morton Project

New Orleans pianist Jelly Roll Morton is widely considered to be jazz's first arranger. Though jazz was considered exclusively an improvised form early on, Morton proved that jazz could retain its joyous, freewheeling feel even when scored on music paper. He also was jazz's first published composer. His Jelly Roll Blues was published in 1915. As ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Newk, Clarinet Madness & More

Read "Newk, Clarinet Madness & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

June 2019 was one of those months with 5 Saturdays, so we got to play around with the music more. As usual, a mix of newer music from the likes of Theo Hill, Kate Reid and Anat Cohen--the latter two duos with Fred Hersch on piano. Then we have two, yes two, “compare and contrast": one ...

The Black Swan: A History of Race Records

Read "The Black Swan: A History of Race Records" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Montgomery, Alabama native Perry Bradford was an African-American composer and vaudeville musician when he approached General Phonograph Company, Director of Artists, Fred Hagar in 1920. Bradford was pitching Mamie Smith, a relatively unfamiliar pianist and singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Hagar agreed to a two-side recording deal. Widely regarded as a blues singer, Smith more frequently ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America

Read "Rick Lawn: The Evolution of Big Band Sounds in America" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

From the latter part of the Jazz Age through the Swing Era, big bands dominated the jazz scene and a large part of the entertainment industry. After World War II, their fortunes declined, but their music soared to new heights, spurred on by innovative leaders, instrumentalists, and very importantly, the composers/arrangers who worked behind the scenes ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

French Gypsy Jazz

Read "French Gypsy Jazz" reviewed by Nick Catalano

At various times since its origin, jazz has had an interesting claimant. The French have long maintained that the various musics leading up to the development of jazz in the early years of the 20th century contain Gallic seedlings....Their claim is justifiable. Without parsing the complex origins of the music one can simply make reference to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz

Read "Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz" reviewed by Chris May

Sarah Tandy, Yussef Dayes, Kevin Haynes, Adel Gomez, Feliciano Arango, Seiji
Milton Court Concert Hall
Electronic Explorations in Afro-Cuban and UK Jazz
London
May 12, 2019

Jazz and Cuban music intersections go back to the 1910s and pianist Jelly Roll Morton's embrace of what he called “the Spanish tinge." Things ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Savannah Music Festival 2019

Read "Savannah Music Festival 2019" reviewed by Martin Longley

Savannah Music Festival
Savannah, GA
March 28-April 2, 2019

The opening day of this 30th edition of the Savannah Music Festival featured a pronounced bombardment of diverse artists, tearing apart the motor controls of the driven sonic obsessive. If a pair of ears lends equal attention to Louisiana zydeco, Saharan ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Documenting Jazz 2019

Read "Documenting Jazz 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Documenting Jazz
Conservatory of Music and Drama
TU Dublin
jny: Dublin, Ireland
January 17-19, 2019

Jazz music, which has pretty much always meant different things to different people, has been comprehensively documented since its arrival in the first decades of the twentieth century.

The most obvious form ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marion Brown/Dave Burrell: Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981

Read "Live at the Black Musicians' Conference, 1981" reviewed by Mark Corroto

One of the benefits of our digital music world is the ability to drive deeply into the jazz narrative. By that I mean, preserving the story of important musicians, the ones whose story was omitted from the Ken Burns' CliffsNotes history of jazz. Without a few labels and several producers, musicians like Bobby Naughton, Clifford Thornton, ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Harry Connick, Jr. at Johnny Mercer Theatre

Read "Harry Connick, Jr. at Johnny Mercer Theatre" reviewed by Martin McFie

Harry Connick, Jr.
Johnny Mercer Theatre
New Orleans Tricentennial Tour
Savannah, GA
December 9, 2018

With numerous Grammy and Emmy awards and Tony nominations, Harry Connick, Jr. is a star of sound, screen, and stage, lauded by universities and his loyal fan base. “Star" is not ...