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ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Bird's Trumpets

Read "Bird's Trumpets" reviewed by Matt Lavelle

Looking closely at all the trumpet players that played with Thelonious Monk in a piece I wrote in March 2018, I decided to continue the focus, and explore the trumpet players that played with Charlie Parker. As challenging as the trumpet is to play, playing Bebop raised the technical bar. Playing with Charlie Parker at fast ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jazz on Central Avenue - Bebop in Los Angeles (1945 - 1948)

Read "Jazz on Central Avenue - Bebop in Los Angeles (1945 - 1948)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Most of the pioneering bebop musicians we have featured in the past several programs were based in New York—Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Bud Powell, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach. While New York may have dominated the modern music scene, it wasn't the only scene. The wartime economy in southern California brought an influx of ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Tadd Dameron, Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt & JJ Johnson (1946 - 1950)

Read "Tadd Dameron, Fats Navarro, Sonny Stitt & JJ Johnson (1946 - 1950)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the past several hours of Jazz at 100, we have featured the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Max Roach. In this hour, we will continue to present bebop innovators—pianist/composer Tadd Dameron and his frequent (but short-lived) collaborator Fats Navarro, the next great bebop trumpeter after Dizzy Gillespie, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Al Hood and the H2 Sextet: Jazz Muses

Read "Jazz Muses" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's something fascinating about the word “inspire." We know from Latin that the word derives from inspirare, meaning “to breathe" or “blow into." It is the perfect theme as presented for trumpeter Al Hood and the H2 Sextet's terrific album, Jazz Muses. Not only is Hood inspired by his Jazz Muses, but his blowing here takes ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Brad Goode: That's Right!

Read "That's Right!" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The first collaboration between trumpeter Brad Goode and saxophonist Ernie Watts is a case study in superior musicianship and improvisation. It also illustrates how two frontline performers and their supporting band can achieve excellence as a creative ensemble.

The kickoff, “Half Moon," an original from pianist Adrean Farrugia, is reminiscent of the popular ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center

Read "The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The Philly Pops Big Band featuring Terell Stafford
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
January 19, 2019

The Philly Pops wide-berthed orchestra includes some of the finest working jazz musicians in the city. The Pops' lead trumpet chair, Matt Gallagher, periodically assembles them as the “Philly ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Navarro

Jazz Musician of the Day: Fats Navarro

All About Jazz is celebrating Fats Navarro's birthday today!

“Fats was a spectacular musician because, in a time when cats arrived on the scene with nothing, he came on with everything: he could read, he could play high and hold anybody\'s first trumpet chair, he could play those singing, melodic solos with a big beautiful ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cliff Brucker: Full Circle Vol. 2

Read "Full Circle Vol. 2" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Full Circle Vol 2, Albany, New York-based drummer Cliff Brucker and friends reach back to the swing and bop jazz periods to showcase their talents on a set of first-rate standards. These musicians clearly understand the bop trade and what emerges from their collective knowledge is solid and assured music. The entire affair is like ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

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

Read "Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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, ...

Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community

Read "Origin Records: Creating Opportunities and Community" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Being a jazz musician sometimes seems like a life ruled by jungle law. Everyone fights for gigs and puts out music on “labels" with only one artist. However, it doesn't have to be this way. Origin Records is an example of a modern artist driven label that has grown through collaboration and community. As Matt Jorgensen, ...