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Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman was born in Kentucky and learned the trumpet from Theodore Carpenter in Cincinnati Ohio . He joined Cecil Scotts Bright Boys and traveled to New York City where he recorded with Luis Russell September 6 1929. He first traveled to Europe with the Lucky Millender band, playing in France for five months during 1933. He returned to Paris in 1935 and recorded there with Django Reinhardt. After the war in 1948 Coleman made the decision to spend the rest of his life in France, notably playing the first Jazz in Marciac festival and subsequently working with their President to support the festival until his passing in Toulouse.

ARTICLE: RADIO

August Birthdays, including the George Shearing Centennial

Read "August Birthdays, including the George Shearing Centennial" reviewed by Marc Cohn

August jazz birthdays this week on Gifts and Messages. We feature pianist George Shearing for his 100th birthday, along with Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker (2020 is the Bird centennial. Are you ready?), Count Basie and Lester Young. Among the living we give thanks for Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Cecile McLorin-Salvant and Branford Marsalis. And there are ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz In Marciac 2019

Read "Jazz In Marciac 2019" reviewed by Martin McFie

Jazz In Marciac Marciac, France July 30, 2019 to August 4, 2019 How does a remote village in South West France end up hosting an international jazz festival for 42 years? The logistics come later, but the answers to most questions about Jazz in Marciac lie in the superb quality ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2017

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2017" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 18-21, 2017 In Canada, the Monday closest to May 24, the birthday of Queen Victoria, is a public holiday (in Quebec it has two names: Journée des Patriotes or Fête du Dollard--it's complicated), and the Victoria Day long weekend is the ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Paul Winter Sextet: Count Me In

Read "Paul Winter Sextet: Count Me In" reviewed by Duncan Heining

The Paul Winter Sextet might just be one of the best early sixties groups you never heard. Their story, and that of their leader and altoist Paul Winter's, is certainly one of the most remarkable in jazz. Had some director made a film of the Sextet's short life, jazz buffs would have scoffed at the conceit. ...

Proverbs of Sam

Label: Boxholder Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Don't Wait for the Day of Battle Before Getting Your Weapons Ready; If a Blacksmith Continues to Strike an Iron at One Point, He Must Have a Reason; The Drum Sounding a Message in War Is Beaten in a Cryptic Manner, Only Wise Men Can Dance to It, and Only Experienced Men Can Understand It; No One Knows the Paths in a Garden Better Than the Gardener, a Follower Should Always Allow His Guide to Lead.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Proverbs of Sam

Read "Proverbs of Sam" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Master of semi-exotic Eastern double-reed instruments, Bill Cole has spent most of his professional life as an academic. Criminally under-recorded, when Seasoning the Greens, a 2001 concert of his Untempered Ensemble was released in 2002, fans of freely improvised worldbeat jazz only had to wait one year. So the question raised by Proverbs of Sam is: ...

The Complete Philips Recordings

Label: Universal Music France
Released: 2006
Track listing: CD1: Jumpin' at the Pleyel; Si jolie; The Blues Jumped Up and Got Me; I'm Coming Virginia; Come On A My House; Tenderly; Knucklehead; Baby Won't You Please Come Home; One O'Clock Jump; Perdido; When the Saints Go Marching In; Ghost of a Chance; Basin Street Blues; Lover Man; Summertime; Jumpin' with Symphony Sid; Trombone Blues; St. James Infirmary; Sheik of Araby. CD2: Red Top; Royal Garden Blues; Solitude; Tea for Two; Chinatown; Drum Face; Muskrat Ramble; Black and Blue; Idaho; Out of Nowhere; Indiana; St. Louis Blues; Jumpin' at the Pleyel; Si jolie; The Blues Jumped Up and Got Me; The Blues Jumped Up and Got Me; Come On A My House; Come On A My House; Tenderly.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bill Coleman: The Complete Philips Recordings

Read "The Complete Philips Recordings" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Trumpeter Bill Coleman (1904-81) played in a host of orchestras (led by Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Luis Russell and Don Redman) in the 1930s, with the same vibrato and finesse as his contemporary, Buck Clayton, but not quite the same bravura and vocabulary. To make an analogy using trumpeters from another jazz era, Coleman is to ...


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