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2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

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George Shearing: Quintet Xmas

George Shearing: Quintet Xmas

At JazzWax, 12 is the number of years I've posted annually on my selection for the JazzWax Vintage Holiday Album Hall of Fame. The point of this is to offer up perfect holiday music that conjures up feelings of a time long past or is just superbly executed seasonal music. Combined on your iTunes or Spotify ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

While he achieved fame and fortune as a pops crooner of the 1950s-60s, Nat “King" Cole firmly occupies a place in jazz history. Unlike Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and others who began their careers as singers, Cole started out as a pianist, composer/arranger, and band leader, working small clubs in Chicago, soon adding vocals ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nat "King" Cole: Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Before pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole had a career as a pop crooner—his many hits included “All for You," “The Christmas Song," “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," “Nature Boy" and “Mona Lisa" (the No. 1 song in 1950)—he led a successful jazz trio which featured both his piano playing and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Sonny Rollins & Miles Davis

Read "Sonny Rollins & Miles Davis" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From an album that is charting very well and a man that is robust in the world of jazz these days, we begin our 614th Episode with Eric Wyatt on a new album paying the ultimate respects to his friend and hero Sonny Rollins. From there, we explore a host of cats that are putting quality ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart

Read "Here Is The Best Part - You Have a Jazz Heart" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The final August broadcast included new releases from saxophonists Houston Person and Roxy Coss, pianist Eliane Elias, and The Time Flies featuring Monika Herzig, with birthday shout outs to Dorothy Parker, Carolyn Leigh (pictured), Jimmy Rowles, Wayne Shorter, Mimi Fox and Linda May Han Oh, among others. Also a preview of who was playing in NYC ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

George Shearing Centennial, Woodstock turns 50 and the Charlie Parker Festival

Read "George Shearing Centennial, Woodstock turns 50 and the Charlie Parker Festival" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The celebration of 1969 continued in this broadcast, which included new releases from vocalists Nicholas Bearde, The New York Voices and Quiana Lynell, pianist Alberto Pibiri & the Al Peppers, plus a special Woodstock tribute by Erik Applegate & Time Child, with birthday shout outs to Pat Metheny in the first hour, Mary Stallings (80!) and ...

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August Birthdays, including the George Shearing Centennial

Read "August Birthdays, including the George Shearing Centennial" reviewed by Marc Cohn

August jazz birthdays this week on Gifts and Messages. We feature pianist George Shearing for his 100th birthday, along with Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker (2020 is the Bird centennial. Are you ready?), Count Basie and Lester Young. Among the living we give thanks for Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Cecile McLorin-Salvant and Branford Marsalis. And there are ...

Meet Andrew Rothman

Read "Meet Andrew Rothman" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Lawyer, audiophile, lifelong arts enthusiast, our newest Super Fan's life plan was to be a classical pianist, until college took him in another direction. But it was two “major epiphanies" (the first time he heard Miles Davis and, later, Bill Evans) that turned him into a jazz Super Fan--such a Super Fan, in fact, that he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Marcus Shelby Orchestra: Transitions

Read "Transitions" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although it is not alluded to anywhere, the centerpiece of San Francisco-based composer / bassist Marcus Shelby's latest big-band album, Transitions, is the evocative four-movement suite “Black Ball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues," which pays tribute to the all-black enterprises whose shining stars were barred from displaying their talents in the major baseball leagues until ...


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