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Al Jolson lived "The American Dream." Born in Lithuania, Jolson rose through the ranks of vaudeville as a comedian and a blackface "Mammy" singer. By 1920, he had become the biggest star on Broadway, but he is probably best remembered for his film career. He starred in THE JAZZ SINGER (1927), the first talking movie ever made, and his legend was assured in 1946 with the release of the successful biography of his life called THE JOLSON STORY. Jolson was the first openly Jewish man to become an entertainment star in America. His marginal status as a Jew informed his blackface portrayal of Southern blacks

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Norma Winstone: Descansado - Songs For Films

Read "Descansado - Songs For Films" reviewed by John Ephland

Norma Winstone has had her current trio since 2001, long enough to have released five albums (four for ECM). Descansado, a celebration of cinema through the language of music, is that fourth CD, and it's a winner from start to finish. The album's title derives from a Armando Trovajoli composition, used in Italian director Vittorio De ...

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Class Of '29 This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, we follow the year 1929 in music, from Harlem cabarets to Broadway shows, to Hollywood movies and jazz recordings. 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 Archive of Recorded Sound. In 1929, jazz ...

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Dick Hyman, Stephanie Nakasian On Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Dick Hyman, Stephanie Nakasian On Riverwalk Jazz This Week

The historic Filoli Estate and Gardens south of San Francisco is the setting for this week’s Riverwalk Jazz broadcast, “Sweet Ballads and Red Hot Pianos." Piano legend Dick Hyman and jazz vocalist Stephanie Nakasian join The Jim Cullum Jazz Band for an outdoor concert including a set of songs by composer Walter Donaldson. The program is ...

Beyond The Blues

Read "Beyond The Blues" reviewed by Skip Heller

Back when I was a kid--I was born in 1965--the first comprehensive push for children's education about American Black History was on. Elementary school libraries suddenly included books about Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver, and there were even a few books about jazz and blues for young readers.I wish I could ...

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Class Of 29: Jazz On The Move On Riverwalk Jazz This Week

Class Of 29: Jazz On The Move On Riverwalk Jazz This Week

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, we follow the year 1929 in music, from Harlem cabarets to Broadway shows, from Hollywood movies to jazz recordings. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. In 1929, jazz was making its way ...

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Mingus, Monk & Weather Report: From Legacy in July

The ultimate year-round jazz festival of Legacy Recordings continues to set a new industry standard with three new Complete Album Collections from the Columbia and RCA archives by the greatest names in modern jazz: Charles Mingus: The Complete Columbia & RCA Albums Collection: 7 titles, 10 CDs The Thelonious Monk Quartet: The Complete Studio Albums Collection: ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Evans: Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate

Read "Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate" reviewed by Larry Taylor

The two-CD Bill Evans Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of The Gate--a never-before-released recording of the Bill Evans Trio made over 50 years ago--consists of two sets recorded by then-college student George Klabin in the New York City club, October, 1968. Until now, the music has only been heard on a Columbia University radio show; now, ...

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The Gershwin Legacy This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

The Gershwin Legacy This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

This week, frequent Riverwalk Jazz guest artist Dick Hyman—a brilliant pianist, composer and arranger of film scores, ballet and Broadway shows—joins The Jim Cullum Jazz Band to celebrate George Gershwin's works. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM sattelite radio and can be streamed on- demand from the Riverwalk Jazz ...

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Our Latin Groove: Bringin’ It All On Back!

Read "Bringin’ It All On Back!" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Percussionist Gerardo Rosales' production resembles a piece of roughhewn North Carolina outdoor mountain cabin furniture: solid, durable, attractive, functional...and just plain charming. Under the moniker Our Latin Groove, paying homage to the heyday of the Fania label and the film production Our Latin Thing, the group courageously avails itself of neglected '60s Latin/New York musical styles ...


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