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Art Farmer


Born on Aug. 21, 1928, in Iowa, Farmer was raised in Phoenix, Arizona along with his twin brother Addison. They moved to Los Angeles in 1945 and during the late '40s, Farmer worked with the West Coast based bands of Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Roy Porter and Benny Carter. He also worked with Wardell Gray and in 1952-'53 he went to Europe on the same Lionel Hampton tour as Clifford Brown, Gigi Gryce and Quincy Jones. Upon his return he decided to settle in New York City and shortly thereafter, he worked with Gryce (1954-'56), Horace Silver (1956-'58) and Gerry Mulligan (1958-'59)


Portrait of Art Farmer

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2024
Track listing: Back in the Cage; Stablemates; The Very Thought of You; And Now...; Nita; By Myself; Too Late Now; Earth; The Folks Who Live On the Hill.


Live at Sweet Basil

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: It's About Time; Art's Song; Shortcomings; When Love is New; A Theme in 3/4; My Funny Valentine.


Article: Album Review

Curtis Counce: You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

Read "You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

When bassist Curtis Counce died of a heart attack at the age of 37 in 1963, the jazz world was deprived of a major talent. Not that one would have known much, for his death, while noted, was not extensively covered. Counce, a Midwesterner, had come to California and to jny:Los Angeles to learn his craft, ...


Article: Album Review

Art Farmer: Portrait of Art Farmer

Read "Portrait of Art Farmer" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

When a recording that is over six decades old sets a listener to thinking many different things, it is clearly something special. Art Farmer was something special. With a bump or two along the way, virtually everyone--except perhaps Art--knew it too. He and his twin brother, bassist Addison Farmer, began their careers in jny:Los Angeles in ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke, Wayne Shorter, Trevor Dunn, and Others

Read "Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke, Wayne Shorter, Trevor Dunn, and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This program covers a wide range of jazz styles. The artists heard include the duo of Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke, Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant, Wayne Shorter, and Will Bernard.Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can'r Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 ...


Article: Live Review

George Russell’s New York N.Y. Receives World Premiere At Milton Court

Read "George Russell’s New York N.Y. Receives World Premiere At Milton Court" reviewed by Chris May

Guildhall Induction Jazz Orchestra & Choir Milton Court Concert Hall Guildhall School of Music & Drama London September 27, 2023 Addressing the audience before the Guildhall Induction Jazz Orchestra's recreation of George Russell's first large-ensemble masterpiece, New York N.Y. (Decca, 1959), director and conductor Scott Stroman explained the choice ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interviews with Chie Imazumi and Tenia Nelson

Read "Interviews with Chie Imazumi and Tenia Nelson" reviewed by Steven Roby

One of the most well-received musicians of her generation, composer, and arranger Chie Imaizumi (pronounced Chee-ay Ee-my-zu-me) has won many awards as an ambitious and active voice in the jazz community. She received the Herb Pomeroy Award, The Rocky Mountain Jazz Artist of the Year, and was recognized by DownBeat Critics Poll as a “Rising Star ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums

Read "Bill Evans: Ten Essential Sideman Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Bill Evans attracts a special sort of fan. Clinically obsessive is a reasonable description. While far from undiscerning, we find something, usually plenty, to enjoy in every record Evans played on. And we want them all in our collection. Evans' hardcore fans include practically every musician who played with him. Eddie Gomez, his ...


Article: Album Review

Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington: Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six

Read "Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Six" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In jazz terms, trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington's Bicoastal Collective is a long-running series, as this marks the sixth recording produced during their sixteen-year partnership. As Chapters One to Five were splendid, it might have been advisable to close the book there. However, Tynan and Lington have chosen to forge ahead, and so ...


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