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Part of the enormous Philadelphia family tree of jazz players, Bobby Durham has amassed a long list of impressive jazz credits while alternating residencies between Italy and his hometown. He is perhaps best known as a member of several of the virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson's classic trios from the '50s and as one of the great jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald's most sensitive accompanists, although jazz fans that are into the smoking organ trio sound will know Durham from his associations with the likes of turbaned Charles Earland or the innovative organist Shirley Scott. Durham is a personal favorite of jazz producer Norman Granz, who has turned to Durham again and again for help with his projects involving the likes of Fitzgerald and Basie as well as using Durham as the rhythm section drummer for jam session encounters with the likes of pianist Tommy Flanagan, guitarist Joe Pass, and trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison, among many

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Bill Cunliffe: Always Doing It The Right Way

Read "Bill Cunliffe: Always Doing It The Right Way" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Most notably a jazz pianist, it comes as more than a surprise that Bill Cunliffe was not in the same orbit as jazz until he was in college. With the sheer volume of top shelf jazz he has written and recorded since, he would seem to have made up for any lost time. That time, those ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Kenny Barron

Read "Meet Kenny Barron" reviewed by Craig Jolley


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2001. Jazz Education I recently retired from Rutgers University. Right now I teach piano one day a week at Manhattan School of Music. In September I'll be teaching at the new jazz program at Julliard. I've taught David Sanchez and ...

News: Video / DVD

Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Videos: Oscar Peterson Live

Oscar Peterson was an exceptional jazz pianist, especially in front of a live audience. His rousing playing style and robust sense of swing swept up everyone in a concert hall. My favorite live period for Peterson is from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. Here are three recently posted videos from this era: Here's Peterson ...

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Article: Interview

Orrin Evans: Hot Irons In The Fire

Read "Orrin Evans: Hot Irons In The Fire" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


A pianist with great chops, great touch and an attack that fancies many influences from fierce swing to gospel, Orrin Evans is one of the outstanding creative musicians on the New York City scene. His work, no matter what the context--and he loves different contexts--is downright riveting at times. But for the 38-year-old who ...

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Article: Interview

The Newly Minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

Read "The Newly Minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


The newly minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is an exciting, ambitious project co-founded by renowned trumpeter and Temple University educator Terell Stafford and intrepid jazz supporter Deena Adler, Odean Pope's manager. The Orchestra has already made waves in the Philly jazz community through its two performances in the Courtyard of City Hall, symbolizing its close connection ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Vocalist Pearl Williams In Media Pa On Wednesday May 15th!

Vocalist Pearl Williams In Media Pa On Wednesday May 15th!

Appearing at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County—145 West Rose Tree Road in Media—on Wednesday, May 15th is singer Pearl Williams. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Information: 215-517- 8337. Pearl Williams embodies, embraces and perpetuates the legacy of legendary Philadelphia jazz singers. ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Monnette Sudler at the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA on December 7th

Monnette Sudler at the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, PA on December 7th

Appearing on Wednesday, December 7th at the Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA will be guitarist Monnette Sudler and her band featuring pianist Barry Sames, bassist Steve Green, and drummer Leon Jordan. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. One show. Tickets: $10/$5 students. No advance sales. For info: Call 484-732-8295. About Monnette Sudler Monnette Sudler is a ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Bridge Presents Barbara Walker in Concert at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on May 12th

Jazz Bridge Presents Barbara Walker in Concert at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on May 12th

To close out our first season of jazz at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, 13 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave, Philadelphia, PA, Jazz Bridge proudly presents, on Thursday May 12th, jazz singer Barbara Walker and her band. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337 AND...as by our tradition, Jazz ...

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Article: Interview

Charles Fambrough: City Tribes

Read "Charles Fambrough: City Tribes" reviewed by AAJ Staff


[ed. note: We're celebrating the life and music of bassist Charles Fambrough who passed away on January 1, 2011. This interview with Kimberly Barry was conducted in April 1996.] In his thirty-year career, bassist, bandleader and composer Charles Fambrough has played with McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington, Jr., Art Blakey, Flora Purim and Airto, the ...


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