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Frankie Trumbauer and Me

Frankie Trumbauer and Me

The jazz saxophone starts with Frankie Trumbauer in the 1920s. All of the greats of the 1930s and '40s were fans, including Lester Young. In addition to playing C-melody saxophone (between the tenor and alto in size) and recording with Jean Goldkette, Red Nichols, Paul Whiteman, and Bix Beiderbecke, Trumbauer was a skilled pilot who joined the ...

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Guitarists Marty Grosz And Howard Alden This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Guitarists Marty Grosz And Howard Alden This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, two contemporary giants of jazz guitar, Marty Grosz and Howard Alden, join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a show devoted to pioneers of jazz guitar: Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough and Django Reinhardt. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop ...

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Guitar Pioneers This Week On Rivewalk Jazz

Guitar Pioneers This Week On Rivewalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, two contemporary giants of jazz guitar, Marty Grosz and Howard Alden, join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for a show devoted to pioneers of jazz guitar: Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough and Django Reinhardt. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio ...

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This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Class Of '26: Soundtrack Of The Jazz Age

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Class Of '26: Soundtrack Of The Jazz Age

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, piano legend Dick Hyman, actor/playwright Vernel Bagneris, guitarist/singer/raconteur Marty Grosz, cornetist Bob Barnard and fiddler Andy Stein join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate the Class of '26: The Soundtrack of the Jazz Age. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can ...

Steve Brown: Atlas Slapped

Read "Steve Brown: Atlas Slapped" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

The word bass means bottom. It means support. That's the prime requisite of a bassist, support. Architecturally, it has to be the lowest part of the building, and it has to be strong, or the building will not stand. Musically, it is the lowest human voice. It is the lowest musical voice in the orchestra. It's ...

Love Is Just Around The Chorus

Read "Love Is Just Around The Chorus" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut

In Lost Chords (Oxford University Press, 1999), Richard M. Sudhalter describes a humorous but powerful image of the working class jazz musician circa 1933:

That most broadcast work was surely, in [Artie Shaw's] words, “boring, mind- numbing garbage" is more than substantiated by a photograph recently unearthed by the Institute of Jazz Studies, ...

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Rare Gems of Bix Beiderbecke on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Rare Gems of Bix Beiderbecke on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

On public radio this week, Riverwalk Jazz explores cornetist Bix Beiderbecke's gift for music and his place in jazz history. One of the first major soloists to emerge in jazz, Beiderbecke is considered by many to be the first to start playing and recording ballads in a jazz context. Jazz historian, bandleader and bass saxophonist Vince Giordano, one of today's ...

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Howard Alden, Marty Grosz on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Howard Alden, Marty Grosz on Riverwalk Jazz This Week

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, two contemporary giants of jazz guitar, Marty Grosz and Howard Alden, join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band at The Landing in San Antonio for a show devoted to a trio of early jazz guitarists—Lonnie Johnson, Eddie Lang and Carl Kress. The show is distributed nationwide by Public Radio International and XM/Sirius sattelite radio, and can be ...

Retrieval Records: Treasures Lost and Found

Read "Retrieval Records: Treasures Lost and Found" reviewed by Nathan Holaway

“The memory of things gone is important to a jazz musician. Things like old folks singing in the moonlight in the back yard on a hot night or something said long ago."-- Louis Armstrong

“You hear about the Duke Ellingtons, the Jimmie Luncefords, and the Fletcher Hendersons, but people sometimes forget that jazz was ...