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Bill Henderson

"I was born to sing," proclaims William "Bill" Randall Henderson, a Chicago native who came into the world on March 19, 1926-and that he has! Bill is a virtuoso performer whose heart is a vault filled with a wide range of music expressions waiting for the song of release. He has already put his personal stamp on many wonderful works of great composers and lyricists of popular music. Those who have heard him on record or in concert can attest to his marvelous genius. Bill Henderson has spent many years cultivating and honing two distinctly separate yet complementary careers in music and film

ARTICLE: RADIO

Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75

Read "Twilight World - Celebrating Marian McPartland, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Joni 75" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The penultimate week of Women's History Month broadcast includes new releases from guitarist Mimi Fox, trombonists Naomi Moon Siegel and Natalie Cressman, pianist Lara Downes, the group Five Play led by drummer Sherrie Maricle and vocalists Sivan Arbel and Patrice Jegou, as well as a first listen to the live recording of Joni Mitchell''s 75th year ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Timeless All Stars: At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1982

Read "At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall: Hamburg 1982" reviewed by Chris May

They were timeless and they were all stars. Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Land, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams and Billy Higgins got together in the early 1980s to play post-hard-bop jazz in the studio and on the US and European performance circuits. The band recorded three fine albums between 1982 and 1986. At Onkel Po's Carnegie ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Harold Land: A New Shade Of Blue

Read "A New Shade Of Blue" reviewed by Chris May

If Harold Land had left nothing else behind him other than the 1960 Contemporary Records album The Fox, a place in jazz history would be secure. The disc not only featured some of the finest mid-period hard-bop tenor saxophone to come out of the West Coast, but in Land's frontline partner, Dupree Bolton, it showcased a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Various Artists: Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems

Read "Innerpeace: Rare Spiritual Funk And Jazz Gems" reviewed by Chris May

It took a few years for producer Bob Shad's newly formed Mainstream Records to nail its direction in the 1960s. A less than auspicious start was releasing the first singles by the latter-day Trump-boosting halfwit Ted Nugent. A better move, given hindsight, was releasing the debut album by Janis Joplin's Big Brother & The Holding Company. ...

Horace Silver: Six Pieces of Silver – Blue Note 1539

Read "Horace Silver: Six Pieces of Silver – Blue Note 1539" reviewed by Marc Davis

Yep, this is the “Senor Blues" album. That's not the name, obviously, but it could be. This outstanding hard bop CD, recorded by Horace Silver's quintet in 1956, has 10 tracks, and three of them are “Senor Blues." No wonder. It's arguably the best track in the collection--a Spanish-tinged slow blues toe-tapper. Even so, ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Horace Silver: Blue Note Records and His Lady Music

Read "Horace Silver: Blue Note Records and His Lady Music" reviewed by Ed Hamilton

The Q&A portion of this article first appeared on KPFK 90.7 FM (Los Angeles) in 1974. 75 years ago Blue Note Records was started by two German immigrants who loved jazz and believed that the music should be heard and preserved. Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff collaborated and built the Blue Note vault ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Eddie Jefferson: The Scientist of Vocalese

Read "Eddie Jefferson: The Scientist of Vocalese" reviewed by Ed Hamilton

Detroit once had a reputation as the “Killer Kapital," but things have changed--Dave Bing, basketball Hall of Famer is Mayor and is striving to clean up the city. But 32 years ago, actress Brenda Vaccarro and altoist Richie Cole witnessed the drive-by shotgun slaying of the architect of Vocalese, Eddie Jefferson, at Bakers' Lounge. Jefferson was ...

Beautiful Memory: Bill Henderson Live at the Vic

Label: Ahuh
Released: 2010
Track listing: All the Things You Are; Never Make Your Move Too Soon; You Are My Sunshine; Royal Garden Blues: A Sleepin' Bee; The Moon Was Yellow; Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word; The Song is You; That Old Black Magic; Never Kiss and Run; Living Without You; Tulip or Turnip.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Charlie Haden Quartet West: Sophisticated Ladies

Read "Sophisticated Ladies" reviewed by Chris May

Gorgeous, poised and inviting. And that's just the sister on the cover of bassist Charlie Haden's latest with-singers-and-strings album. It's a retro design which, like the disc it packages, was inspired by Capitol Records' distinctive jazz-inflected vocal albums of the early 1960s. Your parents got off on this stuff big time back in the day, while ...


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