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ARTICLE: RADIO

August Birthdays, including the George Shearing Centennial

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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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Big Band Holidays

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The holiday season has its ups and downs on Big Band Holidays, recorded live over two Decembers (2013-14) by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, which is without a doubt one of the finest big bands money can buy. Even though the most recent number on the album ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") was recorded ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Debby Moore: My Kind Of Blues

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For the record hounds (you know who you are) out there that seek and scavenge the garage sales and flea markets for old albums, there is such a thing as redemption. After scoring My Kind Of Blues by singer Debby Moore at a flea market for one dollar, further research revealed a mysterious back story with ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom

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The following is an excerpt from the “Spirituals to Swing" chapter of On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom by Dennis McNally (Counterpoint Press, Berkeley, 2014).

Danny Barker, who in the 1930s was Cab Calloway's guitarist, told a particularly revealing story of working at the Nest Club, a Harlem ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Tracy Mothershed

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Meet Tracy Mothershed:
I use to listen to my mother play the piano and try to follow her... I would listen to my Grandmother sing and Grandparents dance. My uncle Douglas and I would sing and sing... play records and I would pretend to have a microphone and be a famous jazz singer.

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Eddie Durham: Genius in the Shadows

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On December 13, 1932, in the eye of the Great Depression that was devastating the record industry, the Bennie Moten Orchestra shuffled “on their uppers" into a converted church in Camden, N.J., and silently launched the Swing Era, three years before clarinetist Benny Goodman's formal inauguration as the “King of Swing" at the Palomar Ballroom in ...

ARTICLE: RACE AND JAZZ

BAM or JAZZ: Part Two!

Read "BAM or JAZZ: Part Two!" reviewed by Greg Thomas

Jazz, an art form given birth in the United States by descendents of the formerly enslaved, has a complicated relationship with race. Although race, as a popular idea, has no basis in biology, many people mentally adhere to the idea of dividing groups of people based on “race" as opposed to understanding how groups of people ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Sarah Marie Young: Expressive

Read "Expressive" reviewed by Alex Marianyi

Who needs a drummer, anyway? Not Sarah Marie Young. It's a certainty that the Chicago-based vocalist has nothing personal against drummers, but despite the absence of drums and percussion on Expressive, the rhythmic intensity, drive and energy they normally bring to the music are certainly not lacking.

Expressive's tracks demonstrate considerable variety, from ...

ARTICLE: RACE AND JAZZ

Gary Giddins on Ignored Black Jazz Writers

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In the first essay for the Race and Jazz column, I gave a first-person account of how my love and appreciation of certain “white" saxophonists served to safeguard me from the temptation of racism back in college during the early-to-mid-'80s. My second essay privileged culture over race, and told the story of how attorney and constitutional ...