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ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story

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There is a story told of the last night of an iconic jazz club in Philadelphia in 1966. The bandleader-owner, it was said, had been called away prior to closing. He was unable to return before the end of the last set. Walking back, he watched the crowd filing out. Some, I am told, had tears ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

Ethan Hawke As “Chet Baker”

Ethan Hawke As “Chet Baker”

This seems to be the season for a new round of films based, more or less, on the lives of jazz trumpet players. See the October 11 Rifftides post about Don Cheadle as Miles Davis. The latest entry in the category is Born To Be Blue, which was screened yesterday and today in special presentations at ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

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 ...

NEWS: RADIO

"Crazy Rhythm:" Red Nichols And His Five Pennies This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

"Crazy Rhythm:" Red Nichols And His Five Pennies This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz the Jim Cullum Jazz Band tells the story of Red Nichols and his Five Pennies, illustrated with numerous historical recordings of Nichols and the ensembles he led. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at the Stanford ...

NEWS: RADIO

Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man Of Jazz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Eddie Condon: Renaissance Man Of Jazz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz: photographer, author and record producer Hank O’Neal, who collaborated on Eddie Condon’s Scrapbook of Jazz talks about the Condon legacy. Eddie’s daughter Maggie Condon shares her wealth of memories. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International. You can also drop in on a continuous stream of shows at ...

NEWS: RADIO

This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Class Of 1930: Surviving On A Song

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band celebrates the music that kept America swinging in the Great Depression with special guest vocalists Nina Ferro and Vernel Bagneris and a special appearance by blues legend Jay McShann. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Davey Payne: Ready To Play

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Davey Payne is known best for the time when he was saxophonist with British group, The Blockheads. His solo on the 1978 number 1 hit, “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick" was the first time a double sax solo had appeared on a hit record.

Before he joined forces with Dury, who fronted The ...

How (Not) To Listen To Early Jazz

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Jazz listeners may admit that early music got things to where they are now, similar to how the Model T made the Lamborghini possible. Most just prefer not to drive anything too old. For most listeners, early jazz remains an esoteric and even a strange experience.

Perhaps it's all that monochromatic footage of ...

NEWS: RADIO

Scott Yanow On Jazz Films This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Scott Yanow On Jazz Films This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Get the popcorn ready.The curtain is about to go up on Kid Ory—Lionel Hampton—and Louis Armstrong. This week, we take a look at some of the world’s top jazz artists—who not only provided music for Hollywood movies—but appear on the silver screen as well. Scott Yanow, author of Jazz on Film, joins David Holt in the ...