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NEA jazz master Bobby Hutcherson is the most accomplished vibraphonist of his generation. He is a master of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic improvisation on both the vibes and the marimba. He has performed or recorded with nearly every major living jazz musician. Born in Los Angeles in 1941, and raised in Pasadena, Hutcherson took a few piano lessons at an early age. But, he says, "I only played piano for my own enjoyment." Returned to the vibes after hearing the music of Milt Jackson. "One day I was walking down the street and I heard one of his records and that started it I have never tried to directly copy his style, but he's been a great influence on me…” He briefly studied the vibes with Dave Pike. While still a teenager, Hutcherson worked around Los Angeles with such top musicians as Charles Lloyd and Curtis Amy

News: Video / DVD

New Hard-Bop Videos

New Hard-Bop Videos

Hard bop emerged in the early 1950s when a new generation of New York jazz musicians began combining original compositions with funky rhythms, a stronger, sophisticated beat and tightly arranged horns influenced by the rise of R&B. As the decade evolved, the hard-bop sound smoothed out, placing an emphasis on collective harmony and the driving force ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble: Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985

Read "Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Roberto Miranda has appeared on almost one-hundred albums but has been lightly recorded as a leader, and inexplicably struggled to generate interest among labels. Dark Tree Records has released some great Horace Tapscott performances from the '70s and '80s. The label resurrected a Miranda-led session on Live at the Bing Theater; Los Angeles, 1985. Recorded at ...

Article: Album Review

Joe Chambers: Samba De Maracatu

Read "Samba De Maracatu" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Batterista leggendario, compartecipe di grandi pagine del bop avanzato degli anni sessanta settanta, con Wayne Shorter, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson e decine di altri, il batterista Joe Chambers torna in casa Blue Note dopo un'assenza più che ventennale. Nella storica etichetta fondata da Alfred Lion, Chambers era soprattutto un sideman e ...

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Article: Album Review

Joe Chambers: Samba De Maracatu

Read "Samba De Maracatu" reviewed by Chris May


Drummer Joe Chambers was unusual among the drummers who emerged on the Blue Note label in the mid 1960s in that not only did he generate a powerful beat, he wrote strong tunes, too. He played on, and often composed pieces for, albums by such Blue Note luminaries as saxophonists Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, vibraphonist ...

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Article: Live Review

Tessa Souter Trio at Soapbox Gallery

Read "Tessa Souter Trio at Soapbox Gallery" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Tessa Souter Trio Soapbox Gallery Brooklyn, NY January 26, 2021 During the pandemic, live streaming on line is the closest thing we can get to a live concert or club date, Many of the streamed jazz shows are well done despite the unusual situation with masks, social distance, ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Hutcherson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bobby Hutcherson

All About Jazz is celebrating Bobby Hutcherson's birthday today! NEA jazz master Bobby Hutcherson is the most accomplished vibraphonist of his generation. He is a master of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic improvisation on both the vibes and the marimba. He has performed or recorded with nearly every major living jazz musician. Born in Los Angeles in ...

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Article: Interview

Billy Childs: L.A. Contentment

Read "Billy Childs: L.A. Contentment" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Billy Childs says taking formal piano lessons as a young child “didn't register" at the time. He didn't recoil from the instrument by any means, but it wasn't yet exciting. But he had a neighbor who also played. Childs looked up to him. It was that neighbor who showed him stuff--taught him to play “ Cantaloupe ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Blue Note Re:imagined

Read "Blue Note Re:imagined" reviewed by Chris May


The idea—honouring Blue Note's legacy while mapping out a possible future—promises much. The actuality is a curate's egg. The sixteen artists each interpreting a classic Blue Note-associated tune are not, as the label's American publicity has it, among the London scene's “most exciting young talents." A few are, but not many. The sixteen are instead an ...

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Article: Radio

Listeners’ Favorites

Read "Listeners’ Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn


This week (drum roll....), it's listeners' favorites from shows 431 to 440. From classic jazz to today's music, our listeners have discerning and eclectic taste—never forgetting the blues and funk. Enjoy the show! Playlist Don Braden, Karl Latham “Grover Miles" from Big Funk Live (Creative Perspective) 00:00 Grant Green “Let The Music Take ...


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