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Bill Doggett

William Ballard Doggett was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, a church pianist, introduced him to music when he was 9 years old. By the time he was 15, he had joined a Philadelphia area combo, playing local theaters and clubs while attending high school. He later sold his band to Lucky Millinder, and worked during the 1930s and early 1940s for both Millinder and arranger Jimmy Mundy. In 1942 he was hired as The Ink Spots' pianist and arranger. In 1949, he replaced Wild Bill Davis in Louis Jordan's Tympany Five. It was there that he first achieved success playing the Hammond organ and he is also reputed to have written one of Jordan's biggest hits, "Saturday Night Fish Fry", for which Jordan claimed the writing credit. In 1951, he organized his own trio and began recording for King Records

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Jim Waller Big Band: Bucket List

Read "Bucket List" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One glance at Jim Waller's silver mane is enough to make it clear he is no young lion. In fact, Waller, a veteran composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist who calls San Antonio, Texas, home, is nearing his eighth decade. Even though Waller's career has been long and successful, there was one item on his Bucket List that ...

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Jazz Bridge Presents Dizzy Gillespie Play "Last Call at the Downbeat" on April 5-6 and 12-13

Jazz Bridge Presents Dizzy Gillespie Play "Last Call at the Downbeat" on April 5-6 and 12-13

Last Call at the Downbeat, an original show about Jazz pioneer Dizzy Gillespie’s famous stint at Philadelphia’s Downbeat nightclub in November of 1942, will open in the Red Room of the Society Hill Playhouse—507 South 8th Street in Philadelphia—on Friday April 5th and run through the first two weekends in April (International Jazz Month) ending on ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mike LeDonne: Where There’s Smoke

Read "Mike LeDonne:  Where There’s Smoke" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Mike LeDonne has more than made his mark in jazz over the years, on both piano and organ. One of the New York jazz scene's premier instrumentalists, he's long been a favorite of fellow musicians. “He is incredible," said the late Oscar Peterson, who once described how he would rush to hear LeDonne play every night ...

Behind the Lens with C. Andrew Hovan

Read "Behind the Lens with C. Andrew Hovan" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Meet C. Andrew Hovan: A devoted jazz fan since my school days, I have had the great advantage of combining many of my loves in a variety of creative ventures. A musician and writer, I have been an avid photographer since my freshman year in high school. My college studies led me to Boston ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Bootsie Barnes at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on Thursday January 13th

Jazz Bridge Presents Bootsie Barnes at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on Thursday January 13th

Appearing at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on Thursday January 13th, 13 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave in Germantown (Philadelphia, PA) will be saxophonist Bootsie Barnes and his band: Duane Eubanks, Lucas Brown, and Byron Landham. $10/$5 for students. One show only. Starts 7:30 p.m. Free refreshments and a Free CD will be given to each person ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The State of Organ Jazz 2010 (Pt. 1): Wayne Escoffery, Dan Pratt and Matthew Kaminski

Read "The State of Organ Jazz 2010 (Pt. 1): Wayne Escoffery, Dan Pratt and Matthew Kaminski" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Organ-based jazz inhabits a unique place as a sub-genre. The combination of the sacred churchy organ with the decadence of blues and bebop made for a heady brew after the introduction of the format by Wild Bill Davis and Bill Doggett in the 1950s. Qualitatively, the names that loom largest in organ jazz are Jimmy Smith, ...

Mike Vax Big Band / Dave Siebels / Phil Woods / London Horn Sound

Read "Mike Vax Big Band / Dave Siebels / Phil Woods / London Horn Sound" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mike Vax Big Band Sounds from the Road Summit Records 2009 As Bob Hope and Bing Crosby entertained millions with their “road" movies in the 1940s, so the Mike Vax Big Band has its own “road show," arguably as entertaining but playing to much smaller audiences than Hope ...

Queens: Home of Jazz and Flushing Town Hall

Read "Queens: Home of Jazz and Flushing Town Hall" reviewed by Greg Thomas

When most people think of jazz in New York City, Manhattan readily comes to mind. The “East Coast" stride piano style was developed in Harlem, where venues such as the Savoy Ballroom, Small's Paradise, the Cotton Club and Minton's Playhouse presented the big bands and small groups of jazz lore. 52nd Street became known for its ...


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