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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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under

Read "Phillip Johnston: Back From Down Under" reviewed by Ken Dryden

IntroductionPhillip Johnston is best known to many jazz fans as co-founder of The Microscopic Septet, though the saxophonist and composer has led many groups of his own and co-led others, including Big Trouble, The Transparent Quartet, Fast 'N' Bulbous and The Spokes. In addition, Johnston has composed and performed numerous soundtracks for both silent and modern ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Chicago Jazz Roots

Read "Chicago Jazz Roots" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the last hour we listened to the music of the first great jazz composer, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet, the only soloist in early jazz to seriously challenge Louis Armstrong.

In addition to Joe “King" Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, the Chicago scene bristled with black and white bands, initially ...

ARTICLE: GENIUS GUIDE TO JAZZ

Top 10 Moments in Jazz History

Read "Top 10 Moments in Jazz History" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

10. In 1956, while in the throes of kicking his heroin addiction and late for a gig, Miles Davis picks up a small black snake that had wandered into his Missouri home and--thinking it is just a hallucination--mistakes for a clip-on tie. He completed the gig wearing the snake, which started a trend of Jazz musicians ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Orleans Diaspora - Jelly Roll Morton & Sidney Bechet

Read "New Orleans Diaspora - Jelly Roll Morton & Sidney Bechet" reviewed by Russell Perry

In this hour, we'll explore the music of two more giants of the New Orleans diaspora, pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton, who left Louisiana in 1908 and clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet, who hit the road in 1916. In the complex racial landscape of New Orleans, both Jelly Roll Morton, born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz Comes to Records

Read "Jazz Comes to Records" reviewed by Russell Perry

This is the first in a series of programs that will play representative music from 100 years of jazz history. We will explore the broad sweep of that narrative; its representative and its idiosyncratic players; its durable movements and dead ends; its popular recordings and rarities. We hope you will join us over the next 100 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

October Birthday Salutes

Read "October Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Towards the end of every month, we celebrate the birthdays of famous and not so famous jazz musicians, physically or spiritually living. This month we feature Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk. Art's centennial is in 2019; so consider this as a warm-up. In addition, we are able to celebrate Horace Tapscott in style because we have ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jelly Roll Morton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jelly Roll Morton

All About Jazz is celebrating Jelly Roll Morton's birthday today!

The city of New Orleans has the distinction of being the ‘birthplace of jazz’ so its appropriate that in New Orleans in or around 1885 to 1890 would be born the self-proclaimed “inventor of jazz”. Ferdinand Joseph Lemott (Lamothe) and his story is one of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Octobop: Live @ Savanna Jazz

Read "Live @ Savanna Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Having recorded half a dozen creditable albums in studio settings, saxophonist Geoff Roach's central California-based ensemble Octobop has added something new and exciting on No. 7--a hip and enthusiastic audience. Live @ Savanna Jazz was recorded in January 2018 at the nightspot which bears that name in San Carlos, CA. “I've always thought the band was ...