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Albert Ammons

Pianist Albert Ammons was the king of boogie-woogie, a bluesy jazz style that swept the United States, and then the world, from the late 1930s into the mid-1940s. Although his origins were modest, his powerful piano style would take him from Chicago barrooms to Carnegie Hall to the White House. As a soloist and in duets, Ammons's propulsive style gave life to classics like "Boogie Woogie Stomp" and "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie." Albert Ammons was one of the big three of late-'30s boogie-woogie, along with Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis. Ammons was born on September 23, 1907, in Chicago, Illinois

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: April 1970

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Time for 50th anniversary Blue Notes from April, 1970 from Duke Pearson (It Could Only Happen With You), Horace Silver (That Healin' Feelin'), Chick Corea (The Song Of Singing), and Wayne Shorter (Moto Grosso Feio). We've also got BN-21 from January 6, 1939 with Albert Ammons on the 88s. Along the way, Stanley Turrentine, Erik Jekabson, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

April Blue Note 50th Anniversaries & More

Read "April Blue Note 50th Anniversaries & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week, we salute Blue Note recordings from April, 1969. In addition, we track both sides of Blue Note 8, sides recorded during Blue Note's first day in business in 1939. It's also the 50th anniversary of the Dexter Gordon Tower Of Power/More Power sessions with James Moody. So hit 'play' and enjoy the show.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: December 1968 & More

Read "Blue Note 50th Anniversaries: December 1968 & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Alrighty then. It's the first week of a new month. Our regulars know it's time for Blue Note 50th anniversary salutes. We've got three for you from Duke Pearson and the big band, Detroit pianist Kenny Cox, and Jack Wilson. Continuing a series we started at few months ago, we have BN-4, two sides of a ...

A Singer With Legendary Roots Announces Kickstarter Campaign

A Singer With Legendary Roots Announces Kickstarter Campaign

What’s it all about? Celebrating legends of Chicago and bringing roots to life. Lila Ammons, granddaughter of Albert Ammons, famed boogie woogie pianist and Blue Note artist, and niece of tenor saxophone titan, Gene Ammons, intends to create her own legacy honoring jazz, steeped in its roots from then to now. This campaign will support production ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84

Read "John Mayall: In The Pocket at 84" reviewed by Jim Worsley

For the past five and a half decades, John Mayall has written scores of both relevant and joyous music. It should come as no surprise that at the tender age of 84 he continues to do so. It soothingly, and ingeniously, seems to flow out of him like a calm, yet telling, river. Many ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part I: New Orleans and Chicago" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Marching bands, ragtime music, and the blues, were all well-entrenched and spreading up the Mississippi River Valley from New Orleans at the beginning of the twentieth century. Dixieland was the popular music staple and with the all-white Original Dixieland Jass Band recording the first jazz side, “Livery Stable Blues," in 1917, an original musical language was ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Three Sounds: Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968

Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Nell'alveo turbolento della musica afroamericana, scorre sottotraccia da più di mezzo secolo la corrente rapida e ridente del soul-jazz--che chiamiamo così solo per comodità -, di cui The Three Sounds sono stati alfieri indefessi per almeno tre lustri, vantando successi popolari da far invidia a colleghi ben più dotati nella sostanza musicale. Esce per ...

Earl Hines, Pete Johnson and James P. Johnson: Reminiscing at Blue Note – 1939-43

Read "Earl Hines, Pete Johnson and James P. Johnson: Reminiscing at Blue Note – 1939-43" reviewed by Marc Davis

In the beginning, there was the piano--if not in jazz generally, then definitely at Blue Note Records. From the start, Blue Note founder Alfred Lion was obsessed with the piano. Blue Note's very first recordings, in 1939, were 19 tunes by boogie-woogie pianists Meade “Lux" Lewis and Albert Ammons. You can hear them all ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

AA.VV.: Jazz from America on Disques Vogue

Read "Jazz from America on Disques Vogue" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

La Sony ha pubblicato un cofanetto che l'appassionato di jazz farebbe bene a non lasciarsi sfuggire. Articolato in venti CD, il cofanetto racchiude ben quarantuno dischi originali della Vogue Records. Fondata nel 1947 dal critico Charles Delaunay, la label francese si distinse per una lungimirante progettualità rivolta sia a far incidere i grandi jazzisti ...


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