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ARTICLE: RADIO

From Newk To Tatum, Trane And Wayne

Read "From Newk To Tatum, Trane And Wayne" reviewed by Marc Cohn

We kick off this week with a question from singer Teri Roiger, answered by John Coltrane (on the newly discovered Both Directions at Once sessions with the classic quartet).

This week we also begin our Sonny Rollins celebration with tracks by singer Babs Gonzales from 1949, when Newk was a mere 19-year-old. And have ...

Ten Men

Read "Ten Men" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My unscientific estimate contends that there are three female vocalists for every male vocalist. This does not mean that there are no male vocalists out there as evidenced by these ten examples. They just take a little longer to accumulate.

Jay Leonhart and Tomoko Ohno
Don't You Wish
Chancellor Music

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

Read "Everything Is Cool" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Federal regulations require food and beverage manufacturers to provide “Nutrition Facts" on all package labels. They want you to know what you're digging into. Now, if recordings had that same requirement, Everything Is Cool from Giacomo Gates might read this way: “Ingredients: 100% genuine talent and devotion to the true art of jazz vocalizing. All natural ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Giacomo Gates: Everything Is Cool

Read "Everything Is Cool" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Giacomo Gates was almost forty years old when someone suggested that he try his hand at singing. Luckily for the rest of us, Gates thought that was a good idea, moved to New York City later that year (1989) and began singing in clubs. Six years later Gates recorded his first CD, Blue Skies, and Everything ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Sonny Rollins + Thelonious Monk

Sonny Rollins + Thelonious Monk

One of jazz's big turning points came on October 25, 1954, when Sonny Rollins altered the direction of the tenor saxophone at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in his parents' Hackensack, N.J., house. The session for Prestige featured Sonny, Thelonious Monk on piano, Tommy Potter on bass and Art Taylor on drums. Up until then, Sonny's sound ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Babs Gonzales

Jazz Musician of the Day: Babs Gonzales

All About Jazz is celebrating Babs Gonzales' birthday today!

Jazz singers used the scat technique, that means using the voice to create notes that are not words so the voice works like a musical instrument - and they also used slang in their music. Vocalists such as Slim Gaillard, and Babs Gonzalez were larger than life ...

Nouveau Stride: Fourteen by Nouveau Stride

Read "Fourteen by Nouveau Stride" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Composing lyrics to established jazz standards--those jazz instrumental compositions that have become established in the canon, Thelonious Monk's “'Round Midnight" is the most famous example--is an artform all it own. Classic composers/interpreters include Eddie Jefferson, Babs Gonzales, King Pleasure (Clarence Beeks) and Jon Hendricks. There have been recent vocalese contributions made by a new generation that ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Babs Gonzales

Jazz Musician of the Day: Babs Gonzales

All About Jazz is celebrating Babs Gonzales' birthday today!

Jazz singers used the scat technique, that means using the voice to create notes that are not words so the voice works like a musical instrument - and they also used slang in their music. Vocalists such as Slim Gaillard, and Babs Gonzalez were larger than life ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Babs Gonzales

Jazz Musician of the Day: Babs Gonzales

All About Jazz is celebrating Babs Gonzales' birthday today!

Jazz singers used the scat technique, that means using the voice to create notes that are not words so the voice works like a musical instrument - and they also used slang in their music. Vocalists such as Slim Gaillard, and Babs Gonzalez were larger than life ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Moody's Mood Was Always Happy

Read "Moody's Mood Was Always Happy" reviewed by Jack Bowers

James Moody, whose noble spirit and radiant personality were as impressive as his exploits on saxophone and flute for more than six decades, died December 9, 2010 from pancreatic cancer at his home in San Diego. He was 85 years old.

To anyone who was lucky enough to meet him, the Moody hug ...