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ARTICLE: RADIO

February Birthdays and Snooky @100

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It's the monthly jazz birthdays edition of Gift and Messages, direct from our turntables and CD players in mid-city Baton Rouge to you! We salute the late trumpeter Snooky Young on his 100th birthday with one of the rare recordings under his own name, the out-of-print Horn of Plenty. Great listening, along with tenor birthday madness ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Up In Harlem - Stride

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In the last hour, we listened to several of the bands associated with New York, with an emphasis on the new large ensemble form, the jazz orchestra. In this hour we'll stick with New York, but focus in on the piano music of Harlem--"Stride." We are joined in this hour by Art Wheeler, pianist, producer, composer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Newk with Bud, a Trip in the Way-Back Machine & More

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We start with our usual dose of twenty-first century music (Marsico should be better known in the States!). And there's a quiz for you in tracks two and three; so pay attention!

Then, it's 19-year-old Sonny Rollins with Bud Powell from '49, followed by a walk in the Fall air where the original French ...

Thelonious Monk Inside Out: A Fresh Perspective On His Music

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Over the years, Thelonious Monk has resided in our collective minds and hearts like the extra-terrestrial “E.T." or Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye, or some such alien figure whom we don't fully understand yet love and enjoy. His music shocks and disturbs us, yet we take great pleasure in it like a jolting ride ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

African-American Music: A retrospective at Jazz at Lincoln Center

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One of Jazz at Lincoln Center's most thoughtful concert ideas in recent memory came to life at the Appel Room on March 2, 2018. Dubbed “Rags, Strides & Habaneras" the intimate program managed to survey a host of strategic forms from origins in West Africa that shaped the art of music in the Americas.

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Fats Waller by Maurice Waller & Anthony Calabrese

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Fats Waller
Maurice Waller and Anthony Calabrese
256 Pages
ISBN: # 978-1-5179-0391-6
University of Minnesota Press
2017/1977

With regards to the jazz piano, who came before Art Tatum, Bud Powell, and Bill Evans. Well, it was James P. Johnson, Willie “The Lion" Smith and Thomas Fats Waller. The latter of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Saltzman: Blues, Preludes and Feuds

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Solo piano albums have the special place in the cannon of improvised music as a mode of presentation and holds an honored place in jazz; the history could even be traced to music predating the origins of the genre. In mechanical terms, it has not changed, one musical artist sitting at the piano for well over ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Euopean Jazz Conference 2016: Polish Jazz Showcases

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European Jazz Conference: Polish Jazz Showcases
National Forum Of Music
jny:Wroclaw, Poland
September 22-24, 2016

One of the great things about returning to Poland each time is the exposure to new jazz talent, because beyond the internationally renowned marquee names--the historic Polish greats--are a great number of outstanding artists. How ...

Earl Hines, Pete Johnson and James P. Johnson: Reminiscing at Blue Note – 1939-43

Read "Earl Hines, Pete Johnson and James P. Johnson: Reminiscing at Blue Note – 1939-43" reviewed by Marc Davis

In the beginning, there was the piano--if not in jazz generally, then definitely at Blue Note Records.

From the start, Blue Note founder Alfred Lion was obsessed with the piano. Blue Note's very first recordings, in 1939, were 19 tunes by boogie-woogie pianists Meade “Lux" Lewis and Albert Ammons. You can hear them all ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2015: The Year in Jazz

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The year 2015 was a curious blend of ups and downs, with glimmers of optimism offset by its losses. Venues opened to great fanfare, but others closed for a variety of reasons. UNESCO's International Jazz Day became firmly entrenched as the exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month activities in April. Daily arts journalism took a hit ...