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Big Joe Turner

“The Boss of the Blues” Providing an essential link between the blues and rock 'n' roll, Big Joe Turner is best remembered for his classic 1954 hit "Shake, Rattle and Roll," one of the pioneering songs of rock 'n' roll. Although Turner enjoyed his greatest recorded success with Atlantic Records between 1951 and 1956, rock 'n' roll was actually his second (or third) successful musical career. He started out as an important member of the burgeoning Kansas City jazz scene and helped popularize boogie woogie in the late '30s with pianist Pete Johnson. He also pursued an influential career as one of the most potent blues shouters of the '40s

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part II: New York

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part II: New York" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Jazz didn't abandon jny: Chicago but its further development only began to take on a distinct personality in the 1960s. By the late 1920s, the next phase of the jazz scene had shifted from Chicago to New York though, initially, there was no red carpet rolled out. As jazz bands made their way to New York ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Joe Turner: Smashing Thirds

Joe Turner: Smashing Thirds

Big Joe Turner was a blues shouter from Kansas City, Mo., who stood at 6-foot 2, weighed 300 pounds and was fundamental to the development of rock 'n' roll. He was the first to record Shake, Rattle and Roll in 1954. The other famous musical Joe Turner was a stride pianist who was born in 1907 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Gregory Porter At The Ulster Hall, Belfast

Read "Gregory Porter At The Ulster Hall, Belfast" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Gregory Porter Ulster Hall Belfast, N. Ireland March 31, 2016Though Gregory Porter has played Ireland several times, it's unlikely that any of the previous venues to welcome the Californian singer-songwriter have quite the history--or indeed the character--of Belfast's Ulster Hall. In its one hundred-and-fifty-year history this handsome Victorian music hall has ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

Simi Valley Cajun-Blues Festival 2014 Announces Headliners

The 25th annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival will rock once again at Memorial Day weekend, May 24-25, at Rancho Santa Susanna Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Ave., in Simi Valley. The event features two full stages for each of its musical genres. Music will proceed non-stop each day from 12 noon until 7:30 p.m. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Vogue Theater

Read "Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Vogue Theater" reviewed by Lloyd N. Peterson Jr.

Tedeschi Trucks Band Vogue Theater Vancouver, BC November 8, 2013 Jazz has always taken from the pop music of its day and culturalized it, intellectualized it, added some soul or swing and for those who are capable, added the personalized artistic X factor that is unique to that artist's ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Davor Kajfeš: Dialogues With Scriabin

Read "Dialogues With Scriabin" reviewed by James Pearse

You'd be forgiven for being unfamiliar with the work of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) or, indeed, Croatian jazz pianist Davor Kajfeš. Sadly neither one has been widely heard outside of their respective--or adopted--countries to date. We can celebrate, then, that the release of Dialogues With Scriabin (Headspin Recordings, 2013) brings the music of these two ...

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If You Remember

Featuring the music of Big Joe Turner
Duration: 3:10

Live At The Apollo 1955

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Honey Hush

Featuring the music of Big Joe Turner
Duration: 2:58

An Atlantic 78. Say thanks to the Erteguns.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

James Polk: Recipes from the Doctor

Read "James Polk: Recipes from the Doctor" reviewed by Josep Pedro

Pianist Dr. James Polk's musical knowledge and worldwide experience spans over more than 50 years. His style, deeply-rooted in the blues, is an example of richness and experience. Polk came up along with a group of incredible Texan musicians; jazz and blues artists like David “Fathead" Newman, Russell Jacquet, Arnett Cobb, Don Wilkerson, and Ornette Coleman, ...


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