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Horace Silver: Blue Note Records and His Lady Music

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The Q&A portion of this article first appeared on KPFK 90.7 FM (Los Angeles) in 1974.

75 years ago Blue Note Records was started by two German immigrants who loved jazz and believed that the music should be heard and preserved. Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff collaborated and built the Blue Note vault ...


Eddie Jefferson: The Scientist of Vocalese

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Detroit once had a reputation as the “Killer Kapital," but things have changed--Dave Bing, basketball Hall of Famer is Mayor and is striving to clean up the city. But 32 years ago, actress Brenda Vaccarro and altoist Richie Cole witnessed the drive-by shotgun slaying of the architect of Vocalese, Eddie Jefferson, at Bakers' Lounge. Jefferson was ...

A Merger In Jazz Education

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A musical merger of higher education has been established at the last university to include jazz into their curriculum--UCLA. Jazz Studies, under Director/guitarist Dr. Kenny Burrell, The Herb Alpert School of Music , and the Thelonious Monk Institute, guided by Herbie Hancock, have all joined jazztistical bonds in providing not only jazz but all-around musical learning ...


Remembering William Marcel "Buddy" Collette

Remembering William Marcel "Buddy" Collette

By Ed Hamilton Saxophonist and flautist Buddy Collette brought color to white TV game show orchestras, before Martin Luther King fought for civil rights in the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott. He paved the way for the hiring of musicians of color into all-white TV and film orchestras: Clark Terry, J.J. Johnson, Count Basie, Quincy Jones, Benny Golson, ...


George Benson: From Chitlins to Chateaubriand to Caviar

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In the summer of 2004 guitarist George Benson sat down unnoticed at the Baton Rouge Bar in Montreal and asked for a margarita. The Baton Rouge is a great restaurant haven for jazz goers and musicians attending the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, aka The Montreal Jazz Festival. It just so happened that, as my ...


John Levy & Freddie Hubbard to Receive NEA Award at IAJE

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Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and bassist John Levy will be honored as National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters at the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference. The NEA has chosen two most worthy honorees whom you might say have been joined at the hip like father and son. Levy and Hubbard, manager and trumpeter will ...


David "Fathead" Newman: Remembering Brother Ray

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And the envelope please. The Oscar goes to the other most frequently spoken character name in the film Ray-- “Fathead." The name was eminently prominent with the character portrayed in the academy award nominated film Ray, and was an extraordinary, integral part. The character “Fathead" was a prime figure throughout the film playing baritone sax and ...


The Incredible Jimmy Smith

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February is recognized as Black History Month and inventors of African American Heritage are honored. Louis Latimer did not invent the light bulb but invented the light inside as James Oscar Smith did not invent the Hammond B-3 organ, but invented the Jazz sound played never before until he laid his fingers on the 2-story set ...


Montreal Jazz Festival: As Sterling As Silver

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Anniversaries and birthdays are synonymous with the beginnings of wonderful occurrences. The Festival International de Jazz de Montreal--a Sterling Silver conglomerance of Jazz sounds known round the world as the Montreal Jazz Festival, celebrates its 25th birthday.

Andre Menard and cofounder-Alain Simard solidified the festival in 1979 organizing a week of various musical encounters. FIJM again, ...


Nina Simone: The High Priestess Goes Home

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Eunice Waymon was her real name, and Nina Simone became her pianistic claim to fame in the realm of music that started in the turbulent days of the Civil Rights Movement. Her voice and music ceased to be Monday, April 21st, in the South of France. She had recently completed her Millennium Tour with a second ...