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Bing Crosby was the fourth of seven children of Tacoma, Washington, brewery bookkeeper Harry Lowe Crosby and Kate Harrigan Crosby. He studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band. Bing and the band's piano player, Al Rinker, left Spokane for Los Angeles in 1925. In the early 1930s Bing's brother Everett sent a record of Bing singing "I Surrender, Dear" to the president of CBS. His live performances from New York were carried over the national radio network for 20 consecutive weeks in 1932. His radio success led Paramount Pictures to include him in The Big Broadcast (1932), a film featuring radio favorites


Article: Jazz in Long Form

The Lyrics They Are 'A Changing: Lyrical Liberties In "Lover, Come Back To Me" And "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"

Read "The Lyrics They Are 'A Changing: Lyrical Liberties In "Lover, Come Back To Me" And "Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise"" reviewed by Alex Segal

Frank Sinatra's greatness is evident in his making the songs he sang his own. And his doing this is connected to his, on occasion, changing the lyric of a song--even a very good lyric. But according to good anecdotal evidence, Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin--suppliers of some of the best lyrics Sinatra sang--did not take kindly ...


Article: Album Review

Hilary Gardner: On the Trail With the Lonesome Pines

Read "On the Trail With the Lonesome Pines" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How does an Alaskan-reared, New York-based singer of Great America Songbook virtue come to explore trail songs from the '30s and '40s? The answer is quite simple: A pandemic-produced mixture of curiosity and yearning for open pastures. While cooped up in her Brooklyn apartment during early quarantine days, Hilary Gardner began to research the rich if ...


Article: Album Review

Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Volume 21: To Be Likened Later, Spring 65: The Forgotten Gil Evans Sessions

Read "The Bootleg Series Volume 21: To Be Likened Later, Spring 65: The Forgotten Gil Evans Sessions" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Veteran producer Tom Wilson was never a man known to shun aside inspiration. Prior to finding himself at the eye of the Bob Dylan hurricane, Wilson had not only founded Transition Records, but gave the world Sun Ra's unruly, post-bop big band debut Jazz by Sun Ra (Transition, 1957), Cecil Taylor's defiant and quixotic Jazz Advance ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Brubeck: A Dave Brubeck Christmas

Read "A Dave Brubeck Christmas" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

As the end of the year Holidays draw near, it is difficult to avoid a certain cynicism about seasonal music. Take Christmas albums. Some artists have multiple efforts. It is a virtual guarantee that someone at random--say Ferlin Husky--has a Christmas album. A risk-taker could probably safely win a blind wager, because, well, everyone has one. ...


Article: Profile

Paula West and the Art of Making Art

Read "Paula West and the Art of Making Art" reviewed by Mathew Bahl

Jazz singing is like a horse race. To the casual eye, all the horses in the stall look the same. But they aren't. Some have more talent. Some are better trained. Some have better jockeys. Some are more exciting to watch. But no matter what we see or don't see, what the odds might be, or ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn

Read "Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn" reviewed by Joe Dimino

In honor of the 2022 book Dangerous Rhythms by New York Times best selling author T.J English, we constructed an hour of jazz celebrating the story of his intersection of the mob and the music. It starts in Chicago with the great King Oliver and ends in New York City with Jimmy Durante. In between, we ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz From Movie and TV Music

Read "Jazz From Movie and TV Music" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This show features jazz versions of movie and television music, both soundtrack themes and songs that originated in movies. Musicians heard on the show include Dominique Eade, Bill Evans, Sonny Rollins, Bing Crosby, Marty Krystall, and Eri Yamamoto. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & ...


Article: Album Review

Naama Gheber: If I Knew Then

Read "If I Knew Then" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

New York City-based vocalist Naama Gheber released her debut recording, Dearly Beloved (Cellar Music) in 2020, just before the global COVID-19 pandemic. With live entertainment brought to a halt, Gheber found herself with time on her hands and no way to promote her considerable talent in live performance. Israeli by birth, Gheber was an enfant terrible ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

July 2022: Love Of The Tiger

Read "July 2022: Love Of The Tiger" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Dida Pelled Love Of The Tiger Self Produced 2022 Jazz singing is seeing an uptick of artists stepping out of their “traditional" roles into dramatically different vocal genres altogether. Mainstream-to-progressive Kristina Koller, who debuted in 2017 with the youthful and forward-thinking Perception (Self Produced) followed that effort with the hard-left ...


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