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ARTICLE: RADIO

Jill Barber, Django Reinhardt, Kay Starr and more

Read "Jill Barber, Django Reinhardt, Kay Starr and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we kick off with the timeless voice of Canadian singer Jill Barber. It's been a long time coming that we had the chance to interview Jill and it's fitting to profile her large stature that is always growing. We spend the rest of the show focusing in particular on the female voices throughout the ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

10 Lionel Hampton Videos

10 Lionel Hampton Videos

Up until the late 1950s, vibraphonist, drummer and band leader Lionel Hampton was on par with Count Basie or even a bigger deal. Hampton began his recording career in 1924, and played and recorded with Louis Armstrong before joining Benny Goodman in 1936. Through the late 1930s and into the '40s, Hampton was a member of ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz Both Erudite and Playful by Gloria Krolak

Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz Both Erudite and Playful by Gloria Krolak

Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz
Gloria Krolak
96 Pages
ISBN 978-1-938417-53-5
Lydia Inglett Starbooks Publishing
2019 Jazz Lines: Free Verse in the Key of Jazz, is a unique, beautifully assembled coffee table book by longtime radio host, jazz columnist and distinguished patron of the arts, Gloria Krolak. The book features a number ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tony Miceli: Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Read "Tony Miceli: Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session at Chris’ Jazz Cafe" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Tony Miceli and Company
Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session / Steve Weiss Mallet Festival
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
August 3, 2019

It's hard to imagine how five (if you include a special guest, six) vibraphone players can come together to provide an hour or so of ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

Scenes From The Life Of A Young Jazz Musician

Read "Scenes From The Life Of A Young Jazz Musician" reviewed by Jack Wilkins

Foreword Jack Wilkins is an iconic jazz guitarists of the 1970s who is still playing his ass off today, after a career leading and accompanying a host of groups with musicians such as Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Jimmy McGriff, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Gomez, Jack DeJohnette, Phil Woods, and the Brecker ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lauren White: Life in the Modern World

Read "Life in the Modern World" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Vocalist, actress, producer.... Lauren White does it all. And, as befits a Renaissance artist, she not only excels, but also explores the unique, the compelling and the substantive. With Life in the Modern World she and her team of Los Angeles aces do precisely that, delivering 11 fine selections, most lesser-known, but each a certified gem. ...

Martin Fabricius Trio: Under The Same Sky

Read "Under The Same Sky" reviewed by Chris May

The vibraphone has come a long way—technically and aesthetically—since Lionel Hampton used it in a short, improvised introduction to Louis Armstrong's “Confessin,'" recorded with Les Hite's band in 1930. Back then, it was regarded primarily as a percussion instrument, and it is still categorized as tuned-percussion in the classical music world. Hampton was the first musician ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

April Birthday Salutes

Read "April Birthday Salutes" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week we salute Alfred Lion (co-founder of Blue Note) with three tracks (Hubbard, Green, Turrentine with James Oscar). Then we add two blues with lyrics by Alberta Hunter, including Bessie Smith's very first recording; the April 'first ladies of song' do Ellington; Ellington does Ellington in three different settings; and Mingus celebrates in Paris (impress ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Birth of Bebop (1939 - 1945)

Read "The Birth of Bebop (1939 - 1945)" reviewed by Russell Perry

"By the early 1940s... a new approach to small-combo jazz playing was developing, characterized by a more flexible approach to rhythm, a more aggressive pursuit of instrumental virtuosity, and an increasingly adventurous harmonic language."--Scott Deveaux

Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins -the pioneers of Bebop.

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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 2: The Girls From Piney Woods" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In Part 1 of Women in Jazz we looked at the historical position of women in early jazz. Despite their influence in shaping the art, their talent as composers, arrangers, instrumentalists, and band leaders, women have often been token additions; marginalized window dressing in a male-dominated world.

One hundred years after Lil Hardin held ...