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Dot Time Legends Series: Is Every Night New Year's Eve Around Here?

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Soon after The Embers opened in New York City in late 1951, Joe Bushkin and His Quartet spent 16 memorable weeks there. With Milt Hinton and Jo Jones, Bushkin was joined by Buck Clayton on trumpet. Astoundingly, Art Tatum had a solo piano gig there at the same time. Bushkin and Tatum listened to each other ...

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My Life in the Key of E

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My Life in the Key of E: A Memoir
Pete Escovedo with Sarah Spinner Escovedo
284 Pages
ISBN: 978-0-692-87885-9
2017

It's not news that the music business is tough.

There are some phenomenally talented people who scuffle for years trying to pay the rent. ...

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Good Morning Blues

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Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie as told to Albert Murray
William James Basie
399 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-5179-0143-1
University of Minnesota Press
2016 (1985)

In May 1959 Count Basie and his Orchestra played a “Breakfast Dance and Barbecue," like back in Kansas City, hosted by Roulette ...

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Softly, With Feeling

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Softly with Feeling. Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music
Edward Berger
378 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-4399-1127-3
Temple University Press
2014

It's a long way from Darby Colwyn PA to Manhattan NY in more ways than one. There's an old Fels Naptha plant that has always seemed ...

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Go Slow: The Life of Julie London

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Go Slow. The Life of Julie London
Michael Owen
296 Pages
ISBN: 9781613738573
Chicago Review Press
2017

“Vinyl Viagra"

“Mainly I'm a lyric reader."

“Mickey Mouse...she can even make that sexy."

“I'm not a singer.

If ...

ARTICLE: REASSESSING

Shorty Rogers: Short Stops

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In the 1980s, trumpeter and Kenton alum Mike Vax put together a Supersax-type group called TRPTS. It released an album of harmonized trumpet classics, one of which was “Short Stop." There are lots of great tunes including “Night in Tunisia," “Trumpet Blues and Cantabile," and “Heckler's Hop." Oh yeah, one I never heard, Shorty Rogers' Short ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story

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There is a story told of the last night of an iconic jazz club in Philadelphia in 1966. The bandleader-owner, it was said, had been called away prior to closing. He was unable to return before the end of the last set. Walking back, he watched the crowd filing out. Some, I am told, had tears ...

Rick Hirsch's Big Ol' Band: Pocono Git-Down

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Years ago, in liner notes forgotten somewhere, Phil Woods said, “There are good players everywhere. You don't have to go to New York to find them," or words to that effect. I was reminded of that observation listening to Rick Hirsch's . It is composed of players from Central Pennsylvania, with Hirsch himself in State College. ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Chet Baker: Boston, 1954

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Is there any reason to write anything more about Chet Baker? Stuff of legend, subject of multiple books, focus of a classic documentary: Surely, someone, somewhere hadn't written a doctoral dissertation on him in American studies. Great player, not so great person, or, whatever kind of person, not so great player. You sort of get to ...

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Quartet: Live at the Deer Head Inn

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A few months ago, I discovered the Deer Head Inn at the Delaware Water Gap.. That led to discovery of Deer Head Records. Which led to the discovery of this recording. Sometimes, ignorance can lead to bliss.

I hadn't heard much of Joe Locke, and aside from Bill Goodwin, the other musicians were unknown ...