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Big Bill Broonzy

Although William Lee Conley “Big Bill” Broonzy achieved fame and success in the Chicago blues scene and the folk revival in the United States and abroad, some of his earliest encounters with the blues and his earliest experiences as a performer and song writer were in Arkansas. Born in Scott, Mississippi, on June, 26 1893, to Frank Broonzy and Mittie Belcher, Big Bill Broonzy was one of seventeen children. Broonzy soon moved with his family to the Pine Bluff area (Jefferson County), where he spent most of his childhood years. He began performing music at an early age, playing for social and church events on the fiddle, which he learned from his uncle, Jerry Belcher

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Cleary: The New Orleans Collection: So Swell

Read "The New Orleans Collection: So Swell" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Newvelle Records, which was established in 2015, believes that in the digital age there is an opportunity to build a new model for the creating and distributing music. Each year, Newvelle releases a series of six albums, exclusively on vinyl, that pairs musicians with celebrated artists, writers and poets. The New Orleans Collection contains four single ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake

Read "The Very Singular Mr. Ran Blake" reviewed by Duncan Heining

There have been few American composers and musicians, with the ability to encapsulate their country's music in all its racial and ethnic complexity. We might perhaps point to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives and perhaps, in their own distaff ways, Harry Partch and Steve Reich. In jazz, their number is fewer still--Duke Ellington and George ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings

Read "Dexter Payne: All Things, All Beings" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Clarinet, harmonica and saxophonist, composer and bandleader and musical globetrotter Dexter Payne is the type of musician who is most often categorized as “difficult to categorize." Profoundly influenced by physical and spiritual journeys through the cultures of America, the Middle East, Africa and Brazil, Payne's recorded output checks off every box from Mississippi delta blues to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle

Read "Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio Dazzle Denver, CO November 10, 2017 Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio. Two acts for the price of one? Two different artists welded together for the sake of a concert? Hardly. Salvant has been performing with Diehl and his trio for ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

I 10 Cd nel CD-Player di... Dave Rempis

Read "I 10 Cd nel CD-Player di... Dave Rempis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

01. Secret Museum of Mankind -North Africa 1925-1948 (Yahoo Records-1997). Una fantastica compilation che ho trovato al Papa Jazz, uno dei mie negozi di dischi preferiti a Columbia, mentre ero in tour da quelle parti. 02. Albertina Walker-Platinum Gospel (Sonorous Enterntainment-2011). Un'altra compilation questa volta di grandi cantanti di ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Alvin Lee still on the Road to Freedom

Alvin Lee still on the Road to Freedom

More than four decades have passed since Alvin Lee stood front and center at the famed Woodstock festival with his band Ten Years After and told half million or so fans, “I’m Going Home . . . by helicopter.” Forty-three years later, Alvin Lee hasn’t arrived at his destination yet, as the title of his new ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Bob Riesman: I Feel So Good - The Life And Times Of Big Bill Broonzy

Read "Bob Riesman: I Feel So Good - The Life And Times Of Big Bill Broonzy" reviewed by Jack Huntley

I Feel So Good: The Life And Times Of Big Bill BroonzyBob RiesmanCloth; 336 pagesISBN 97800226717456University of Chicago Press2011 Guitarist and singer Big Bill Broonzy is one of those musicians whose reach cannot be limited to his immediate musical era or genre. Like his ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Borneo Jazz 2011

Read "Borneo Jazz 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Borneo JazzMiri, Sarawak, BorneoMay 12-15, 2011 Borneo Jazz--known as the Miri International Jazz Festival for the previous five editions--has undergone a certain amount of rebranding in an effort to promote its growing stature as one of the leading jazz festivals in the region. This year the festival has increased from two to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Dagley: Mystery of the Guitar

Read "Mystery of the Guitar" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

It's interesting how some CDs fit into daily life better than others. You might not, for example, put on Sun Ra if your mother was coming over for tea, but you might not be inspired by music that seeps harmlessly into the woodwork. Mystery of the Guitar is one of those special CDs that can function ...


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