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Bret Primack on Jazz Video and the Ira Gitler Documentary

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Since the 1990's, Bret Primack has probably been the most prolific video chronicler of jazz in the world. He has just released a documentary about jazz writer-record producer Ira Gitler called Ira Gitler Lives. Since Gitler was a big fan of Charlie Parker, I presume this is a play on a famous bit of graffiti—"Bird Lives." ...

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Sonny Rollins Meets His Fans: Google Hangout Session Set for May 5 at 12:00 noon EDT

Sonny Rollins Meets His Fans: Google Hangout Session Set for May 5 at 12:00 noon EDT

On May 5 at 12:00 noon EDT, Sonny Rollins will expand his forays into social-media territory (and CD promotion) by participating in an unprecedented video conference, “Sonny Rollins Meets His Fans," broadcast live on YouTube and Google+. Ten members of Sonny's global community of listeners and fellow musicians, chosen from the winners of a video contest on his Facebook page, ...

Ahmad Jamal's Identity Crisis

Read "Ahmad Jamal's Identity Crisis" reviewed by Fradley Garner

Ahmad Jamal's Identity Crisis

Ahmad Jamal aterrorist? Surely not the renowned American pianist who's given hundreds of concerts over the last half century. So it was puzzling why the $10,000 that the Festival da Jazz in Moritz, Switzerland ordered paid to Jamal in advance of his July 16 appearance, was promptly frozen by U.S. authorities. ...

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Win Two Free Tickets to Sonny Rollins @80

Sonny Rollins turns 80 on Tuesday, September 7, 2010. There will be a celebration with special guests on Friday, September 10 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Sonny has played a number of memorable concerts at the Beacon Theatre. You can win two tickets to Sonny Rollins @80, A Celebration with Special Guests by naming the concerts, the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Lee Ritenour's Video Featurette - Watch Seven Videos About the Making of "6 String Theory"

Lee Ritenour's Video Featurette - Watch Seven Videos About the Making of "6 String Theory"

Presented by filmmaker Bret Primack It's hard to believe that 2010 marks 50 years since Lee Ritenour starting playing the guitar, setting in motion a career that legends are made of. A career that has earned him 19 GRAMMY nominations, a GRAMMY® Award, numerous #1 spots on guitar polls, A Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian SJ ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Jazz Video Guy 2009 Year in Review

Jazz Video Guy 2009 Year in Review

Bret Primack, aka the Jazz Video Guy, looks back at the video he produced in 2009. Features: Billy Taylor, Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Miles Davis, John Coltrane. Writer/Video Journalist Bret Primack has been at the forefront of new media since he co- founded Jazz Central Station in 1995. In 1997, he was the first ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Oscar Lalo: Un Peu De Toi

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Oscar Lalo creates an enchanting amalgam of Jazz and Chanson Française on his new CD, Un Peu De Toi.

The Frenchman who now lives in Montreux, Switzerland. has a charming, elegant approach to singing that he developed after navigating the Parisian cafés of Saint-Germain des Prés, as well as many East Coast Jazz clubs, when ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ AND THE NET

Sonny Rollins is My Rabbi

Read "Sonny Rollins is My Rabbi" reviewed by Bret Primack

I remember, quite well, the first time I met Sonny Rollins. It was in the fall of 1978, when I was writing for Down Beat. For a cover story, I traveled to his upstate New York home for an interview with the Saxophone Colossus.

Over the years, I'd heard his music, both on recordings, ...

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Hendrik Meurkens: Amazon River

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I've been listening to Hendrik Meurkens' Amazon River for about a year and I believe it's one of the great Brazilian Jazz recordings of this, or any era. I'm also happy to report that Hendrik Meurkens and Amazon River is one the best bands I've heard in a long, long time.

It all started for ...

Summer Heat from Bird/Diz, and Sonny Rollins

Read "Summer Heat from Bird/Diz, and Sonny Rollins" reviewed by Bret Primack

A newly discovered live performance with fine acoustics, Dizzy Gillespie/Charlie Parker at Town Hall in 1945, and, Sonny Rollins' great new CD, recorded live at Berklee on September 15, 2001, have been instrumental in my survival this summer. Since I returned from a three week New York excursion in June (video to follow), it's been at ...