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Art Blakey


Born in 1919, Art Blakey began his musical career, as did many jazz musicians, in the church. The foster son of a devout Seventh Day Adventist Family, Art learned the piano as he learned the Bible, mastering both at an early age. But as Art himself told it so many times, his career on the piano ended at the wrong end of a pistol when the owner of the Democratic Club—the Pittsburgh nightclub where he was gigging—ordered him off the piano and onto the drums. Art, then in his early teens and a budding pianist, was usurped by an equally young, Erroll Garner who, as it turned out, was as skilled at the piano as Blakey later was at the drums


The Long Lost Bird Live Afro-CuBop Recordings

Label: Liberation Hall
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dizzy Atmosphere; A Night in Tunisia; Groovin' High; Confirmation; Lament for Congo; Mambo Fortunado; Salt Peanuts; Leo the Lion; Cuban Holiday; Lemon Drop; The Goof and I; Leo the Lion II; Night and Day; My Funny Valentine; Cherokee; On the Alamo; Manteca; A Short One


At Birdland 1950 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Wahoo; ‘Round Midnight; This Time The Dream’s On Me; Dizzy Atmosphere; A Night In Tunisia; Move; The Street Beat; Out Of Nowhere; Ornithology; I’ll Remember April; 52nd Street Theme; Cool Blues; 52nd Street Theme.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Javon Jackson Gives Peter Bradley's Art a Swinging Soundtrack

Read "Javon Jackson Gives Peter Bradley's Art a Swinging Soundtrack" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On saxophonist and composer Javon Jackson. Javon spoke with us about his film score for the art-world documentary With Peter Bradley (Solid Jackson Records). Peter Bradley has had a 50-year career as an abstract artist, but one that saw him getting little acclaim until the last few years. In addition ...


Article: Profile

Johnny Vidacovich: Magnet In The Middle

Read "Johnny Vidacovich: Magnet In The Middle" reviewed by Thomas Cole

The ever changing cast of the Johnny Vidacovich Trio defies the meaning of that word--trio . Historically, jazz trios with a drummer in the middle have included such notables as Art Blakey, Gene Krupa and Max Roach but none of those groups changed cast members on a weekly basis or deviated very far from what they ...


Article: Album Review

Robert Edwards: Up Swing

Read "Up Swing" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran trombonist, educator and bandleader Robert Edwards is a fixture of New York City jazz scene, performing in many of the jazz venues in the city and, as of this writing, becoming the newest member of the famed Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Edwards fronts a marvelous quintet that has been performing regularly at Smalls Jazz Club for ...


Article: Profile

Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco

Read "Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco" reviewed by Arthur R George

Autumn is a special season for jazz in jny: San Francisco. The weather at other times of the year variously drives one indoors for warmth, a good enough reason to seek shelter in jazz. But in the autumn, mostly gone is the bone-chilling summer fog that pours into the city from the cold Pacific Ocean. Not ...


Article: Film Review

Salvation through rhythm: Max Roach—The Drum Also Waltzes

Read "Salvation through rhythm: Max Roach—The Drum Also Waltzes" reviewed by Peter Jones

Max Roach--The Drum Also Waltzes Directed by Sam Pollard and Ben Shapiro PBS American Masters2023 Anyone who enjoyed the recent Wayne Shorter documentary Zero Gravity might also dig this--a more conventionally structured but equally fascinating look at the life of Max Roach. Filmmaker and interviewer Sam Pollard began making it in ...


Article: Profile

Eddie Higgins: Elegance And Confidentiality

Read "Eddie Higgins: Elegance And Confidentiality" reviewed by Daniele Trucco

This article was translated into English and was first published on meer.com.The story of a refined pianist, feted as a sideman by the greats of international jazz and an authentic star of the Japanese record scene.The Ascent I met pianist Eddie Higgins on three separate occasions--the first time was in 2006 at ...


Article: Six Picks

October 2023: An Improvised Paradise

Read "October 2023: An Improvised Paradise" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

The Angelica Sanchez Nonet Nighttime Creatures Pyroclastic Records 2023 One rarely gets to hear the contra-alto clarinet--an instrument mainly developed in the 20th century with a range extending downwards to the lower E-flat (concert G-flat), sometimes even a D or a C. On the introductory title cut of Nighttime Creatures, however, ...


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