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Content by tag "Nat Hentoff"

ARTICLE: OPINION

Hentoff helped pave way for jazz journalism’s acceptance

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Nat Hentoff's passing last week left me feeling, well, old. Whenever we lose a mentor--a grandparent, a teacher, someone who encouraged us--it's a reminder of our own mortality, that we are, in the parlance of football coaches, the next ones up.

I don't feel anywhere near to ready or worthy or capable of assuming ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Nat Hentoff (1925-2017)

Nat Hentoff (1925-2017)

Nat Hentoff, the dean of jazz essayists who in the 1950s applied modern feature-writing techniques to musicians who up until that point had been treated as little more than hip novelties by many trade journalists and print hacks, died of natural causes on Jan. 7. He was 91. As an intellectual, Nat was many things, including a ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Nat Hentoff Is Gone

Nat Hentoff Is Gone

Last night we lost Nat Hentoff, a defender of civil liberties and—notably, for this readership—a lifelong champion of jazz. He was 91. His son Nick reported that members of the family were nearby and a Billie Holiday record was playing when Hentoff died in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York. Influential as a jazz critic ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball

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This interview was first published at All About Jazz on June 23, 2010.

Nat Hentoff was eleven years old when, walking down the road one day in Boston, he heard music so exciting that he shouted with pleasure and ran into the shop to learn that the music was of clarinetist Artie Shaw. In ...

ARTICLE: OPINION

A giant of jazz journalism silenced

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Nat Hentoff was an old-school intellectual whose favorite topic--whose very touchstone--was, throughout his life, jazz.

At one point in the 1990s, Hentoff--who passed of natural causes on Jan. 7--announced that he was giving up writing about jazz to focus on topics that seemed more critical--free speech and civil liberties, which he felt were under ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Carla Bley: Shoe Leather, Mystery & Moxie

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With the passing of time. That's roughly how the title of Carla Bley's second trio album for ECM translates. Bley turned eighty a few months before the release of Andando el Tiempo but the passing years, if anything, have sharpened her composer's claws and whetted her playing appetite, judging by the music on this, her third ...

Ernie Watts: A Simple Truth

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The title of Ernie Watt's seventh release on his Flying Dolphin label reflects the tenor great's guiding philosophy, as he explained in a recent interview for dublinjazz.ie: “We are creating our reality all day every day by the thoughts that we think and by the things that we say and by our belief systems. It's a ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEWS

Mingus Speaks

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Mingus Speaks
John F. Goodman
329 pages
ISBN: 978-0-520-27523-2
University of California Press
2013

Many are the books written about bassist/composer and bandleader Charles Mingus--one of the most influential jazz figures of the post-war years. His own autobiographical work, Beneath the Underdog (Knopf, 1971) was a sprawling, boiling stew ...

All About Sonny

Read "All About Sonny" reviewed by Dom Minasi

I bet you thought I meant Sonny Rollins. When you hear the name Sonny, it's usually synonymous with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Fortune or even Sonny Sharrock; all of them jazz heroes. But there is a Sonny you probably have never heard of before who is a super hero.

Who is he? His name ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ahmad Jamal Headlines Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival, May 19-20

Ahmad Jamal Headlines Kuala Lumpur International Jazz Festival, May 19-20

The great, cosmopolitan city of Kuala Lumpur will swell the list of international capital cities holding jazz festivals when the inaugural KL International Jazz Festival kicks off on the weekend of the 19-20 May. Six hours of jazz each day will offer some of the very best in international and local talent. Legendary pianist Ahmad Jamal will ...


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