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Content by tag "Herb Ellis"

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs

While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Oscar Peterson was an exceptional jazz pianist, especially in front of a live audience. His rousing playing style and robust sense of swing swept up everyone in a concert hall. My favorite live period for Peterson is from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Here are three recently posted videos from this era: Here's Peterson with ...

Jazz/Concord

Read "Jazz/Concord" reviewed by Mark Barnett

Getting Started

If you're new to jazz, go to our Getting Into Jazz primer for some hints on how to listen.

CD capsule

Two masters of the jazz guitar in a wonderful give-and-take session, listening to each other as they play and playing as one. The emotion is contagious, the ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem

Read "Flame Keepers: National Jazz Museum in Harlem" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On 129th Street, in the heart of Harlem, Loren Schoenberg emerges from a crowded back room with an unusual looking recording. Aluminum discs like the one he holds, were the first instant, electrical means of recording. Invented in 1929 they were a means of allowing radio stations to record and archive live programs that could be ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jay Thomas / Gary Smulyan: Lowdown Hoedown

Read "Lowdown Hoedown" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Sometimes the most joyous and satisfying things in life occur in the light of pure happenstance. Such was the case when New York based baritone saxophone master Gary Smulyan ventured west in the 90's to perform and teach at the Jazz Port Townsend Festival in Washington state, in those days directed by veteran saxman, Bud Shank. ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Tender Heart: Songs Of Tom Giacabetti And Melissa Gilstrap

Read "Tender Heart: Songs Of Tom Giacabetti And Melissa Gilstrap" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

The late Tom Giacabetti was a master guitarist based in Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Towards the end of his life, cut short at age 64 by a prolonged illness, he compiled several of his own compositions for some of which lyrics were set by Melissa Gilstrap, a Philly lawyer and lover of music, poetry, literature, and ...

NEWS: EDUCATION

Music Education Monday: Soloing and comping with guitarist Herb Ellis

Music Education Monday: Soloing and comping with guitarist Herb Ellis

The late guitarist Herb Ellis was known as a master of blues-inflected mainstream swing, and today for Music Education Monday, you can get a video lesson from him in jazz soloing and comping. Ellis, who died in 2010, started his career in the 1940s as a big band guitarist, playing with Glen Gray and Jimmy Dorsey, but ...

Neal Black & Larry Garner: Guilty Saints

Read "Guilty Saints" reviewed by Chris Mosey

They're calling him the new king of the Voodoo blues. Unlike the old king, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Neal Black is white. He's from Texas and plays high voltage boogie guitar but has also studied under jazz giants Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel. Perhaps his best known song to date is “Let Jesus or Johnny Walker take ...

Take Five with Chuck Redd

Read "Take Five with Chuck Redd" reviewed by Chuck Redd

About Chuck Redd
Chuck Redd is an internationally well-known performer on both drums and vibraphone. He began his career when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. He also became a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd, and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 25 European tours and six ...

Chris Biesterfeldt: Phineas

Read "Phineas" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Un virtuoso come Chris Biesterfeldt non poteva che essere attratto da Phineas Newborn Jr., il pianista che sul finire degli anni cinquanta emerse come l'erede di Art Tatum e Oscar Peterson ma uscì presto di scena per problemi di salute mentale.

Nato ad Asheville nel North Carolina ma residente a New York dal ...