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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II

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Part 1 | Part 2

Part 1 of Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands looked at the roots, drivers and challenges of the travelling groups who brought jazz music to the non-urban areas of the Southern Plains, through one-night-stands, in often impromptu venues. A black phenomenon, often misappropriated by white musicians, promoters, ...

Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz

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Historically the cornet was the quintessential jazz instrument but over a century of its evolution other instruments have also become part of the regular jazz armamentarium. These include common ones such as the piano, saxophone, bass and drums to the more occasionally appearing violin, clarinet and other percussion instruments. There are few, however, that exhibit unique ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Lester Leaps In

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Vernel Bagneris and Topsy Chapman paint a picture of Lester Young’s life based on his own first-person accounts and those of musicians who knew him. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, with tenor saxophonists Brian Ogilvie and Ken Peplowski offer their homage to the President of Tenor Sax. The program is distributed in ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows

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On December 13, 1932, in the eye of the Great Depression that was devastating the record industry, the Bennie Moten Orchestra shuffled “on their uppers" into a converted church in Camden, N.J., and silently launched the Swing Era, three years before clarinetist Benny Goodman's formal inauguration as the “King of Swing" at the Palomar Ballroom in ...

Sun Ra: The Eternal Myth Revealed Vol. 1

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Author's note: Michael Ricci has ordained me with the power to come to you once a month and throw a little information your way. A lot of great music falls through the cracks, often enough because the people who make it don't live comfortably in some nice categorical box. If you're someone who prefers music to ...

NEWS: RADIO

The Music of President Lester Young This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

The Music of President Lester Young This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Vernel Bagneris and Topsy Chapman paint a picture of Lester Young's life based on his own first-person accounts and those of musicians who knew him. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, with tenor saxophonists Brian Ogilvie and Ron Hockett, offer their homage to the “President of Tenor Sax." The program is distributed in the US by ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Either/Orchestra: New York City, February 11, 2011

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Either/Orchestra
Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
February 11, 2011

If you graduated school to work for a law firm or a contracting company, your reunion would probably not be a raucous or joyous event. However, if you and your classmates went on to be the employees of Lee Konitz, Lester Bowie, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Ratko Zjaca / Simone Zanchini: The Way We Talk

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Little more than a year ago, the great Croation guitarist, Ratko Zjaca, released the terrific Continental Talk (In + Out Records 2009) with his longtime collaborator, saxophonist, Stanislav Mitrovic, and some all-star American support. Not content to follow even a highly successful formula, Zjaca has teamed with Italian accordionist Simone Zanchini, Macedonian bassist Martin Gjakonovski and ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

On This Date in Music History: Lester Young Born

On This Date in Music History: Lester Young Born

On August 27, 1909, 100 years ago, Lester Young one of the true jazz giants, a tenor saxophonist, was born. Lester Young was the major influence on a generation of tenor saxophonists who preferred his relatively light, pure tone and agile swing to the husky heaviness of the once-dominant Coleman Hawkins. "Although he spent his earliest days ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Glenn Patrik: Nuthin' But a Thang!

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From America's heartland, Glenn Patrik sings and plays the kind of blues that made Kansas City a hub where musical pioneers met and exchanged ideas about swing, rhythm, blues, and being spontaneous. It was shortly before World War II and just about the same time that bebop was getting noticed in New York, when Kansas City ...