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Milt Jackson

Born on Jan. 1, 1923, in Detroit, Jackson's musical beginnings were in the neighborhood gospel churches as a pianist, guitarist, violinist percussionist and singer. He took up the vibraphone in high school. He moved to New York, played with Earl Hines and in 1945, joined Dizzy Gillespie's big band rhythm section, which also included pianist John Lewis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke. He worked with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis and in 1951 recorded with Gillespie bandmates Lewis, Clarke and Brown. Inspired by that recording, they reformed as the Modern Jazz Quartet in 1952 with Percy Heath replacing Ray Brown and Connie Kay taking the drum chair after the departure of Kenny Clarke in 1955

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road

Read "Chuck Redd: 40 Years On the Road" reviewed by Mark Robbins

Chuck Redd is a busy, busy man. This interview took place after one of his many sets during the North Carolina Jazz Festival, which celebrated its fortieth anniversary at the beginning of 2020. Coincidently, Redd is also celebrating his 40th anniversary of being on the road as one of the most versatile and in-demand drummers and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Umbria Jazz Winter 2020

Read "Umbria Jazz Winter 2020" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Orvieto Varie sedi, 28.12.2019--1.1.2020 Le cinque giornate di Umbria Jazz Winter si sono aperte nel segno del cordoglio per la triste notizia della scomparsa di Mario Guidi, manager di grande competenza e padre del pianista Giovanni. Il suo funerale si è tenuto a Foligno il 29 dicembre con la partecipazione larga e ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

James Carter, Milt Jackson, Logan Richardson and More

Read "James Carter, Milt Jackson, Logan Richardson and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with a live cut from Newport Jazz recorded by James Carter and his Organ Trio. From there, we do what Neon Jazz is known for .. doing interviews and probing into the life of today's jazz musician, as we profile Kit Downes and hear new music from Kansas City-native Logan Richardson. Then, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Lolly Allen: Coming Home

Read "Coming Home" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There was a time, and it wasn't that long ago, when women in jazz—apart from singers and the occasional pianist—were seen by many observers as unsolicited interlopers whose impact in what was essentially a male bastion could be no more than minimal at best. Needless to say that is no longer the case, as women's voices ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joe Doubleday Quartet At The Jazz Corner

Read "Joe Doubleday Quartet At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie

Joe Doubleday Quartet The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC October 24-25, 2019 The Joe Doubleday quartet centered around the mellow sounds of the house Musser vibraphone. Its precisely tuned bars of varying lengths are each suspended over equally tuned resonator tubes. A spinning rod runs across the ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio

Read "The New Golden Age of Jazz Radio" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

There was the Jazz Age, and later, the Golden Age of Radio. There was no golden age of jazz radio unless one considers the brief, ten-year reign of devolution when swing music dominated the airwaves. Think about this: New York City has not had a twenty-four-hour commercial jazz radio station in over ten years; decades longer ...

ARTICLE: FROM FAR AND WIDE

Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York

Read "Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York" reviewed by Arthur R George

That any musician, old cat, young lion, or apprentice anywhere, endeavors in jazz is amazing enough, given the elusiveness of “success." That is even more true in jny: Istanbul, Turkey: not a conventional jazz capitol, far from the African-American roots of jazz, and even beyond the music's major continental domiciles. Yet the tilting cobblestoned streets of ...

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: RADIO

The Modern Jazz Quartet and the Third Stream (1956 - 1961)

Read "The Modern Jazz Quartet and the Third Stream (1956 - 1961)" reviewed by Russell Perry

As the Modern Jazz Quartet, members of which were once Dizzy Gillespie's rhythm section in the 1940s, moved into the 1960s, they continued to swing in their own quiet way, even as their music director, pianist John Lewis, explored the third stream, a synthesis of jazz and classical music. Having been founded in 1952, the MJQ ...


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