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Buck Clayton first rose to national fame as the lead soloist with the first great Count Basie band that roared out of Kansas City in late fall, 1936. Ironically, while Clayton’s understated, bell-like sound is associated with the hard swinging Kansas City style, he actually spent little time in Kansas City. By the time he arrived at the famed Reno Club, a small dive on 12th Street, Clayton had already led a colorful career as a band leader, ranging from Los Angeles to Shanghai. Born in Parsons, Kansas, Clayton grew up in a musical family. Clayton’s father, a minister, taught him the basics of music

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Article: Album Review

Jon Raskin: Book 'P' of Practitioners

Read "Book 'P' of Practitioners" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Saxophonist Steve Lacy was famous for writing music dedicated to artists who inspired him. Some of his rarely heard etudes for solo saxophone are divided equally into three books, each named by a letter. Of these, he only recorded one set in his lifetime, Hocus Pocus—Book 'H' of “Practitioners" (Crépuscule, 1986). Equally idiosyncratic saxophonist Jon Raskin, ...

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Article: History of Jazz

That Slow Boat to China: How American Jazz Steamed Into Asia

Read "That Slow Boat to China: How American Jazz Steamed Into Asia" reviewed by Arthur R George


A kind of jazz was already waiting in Asia when American players arrived in the 1920s, close to a hundred years ago. However, it was imitative and incomplete, lacked authenticity and live performers from the U.S. Those ingredients became imported by musicians who had played with the likes of Joseph “King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, ...

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News: Book / Magazine

New Book Teaches Newcomers How To Listen To Jazz

New Book Teaches Newcomers How To Listen To Jazz

“Lots of people want to listen to jazz, but they don’t know where to start,” says Mark Barnett, author of Getting Into Jazz, a new book from Canoe Tree Press that offers lively tips on how to listen, along with step-by-step guides through some classic jazz CDs featuring such artists as Louis Armstrong, Stan Getz and ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More

Read "River City Jazz Masters Preview, Newk, Tadd & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn


Happy 89th birthday to Mr. Sonny Rollins! After some 21st century music from Hudson, Joshua Redman (his latest), UK pianist Zoe Rahman [whew!], Chicagoland's Geof Bradfield & Kamasi Washington, we preview the Baton Rouge River City Jazz Masters 2019-2020 season at the Manship Theatre (Eddie Palmieri, Eric Alexander, Nicholas Payton AND Jazzmeia Horn)! It's ...

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Article: Interview

Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony

Read "Val Wilmer: Dues And Testimony" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Free-jazz, which marked the first revolution in jazz since bebop, and, some might say, the most significant revolution in the entire history of the music, was controversial and divisive. Still today, over half a century later, free-jazz is sometimes dismissed out of hand as just so much noise, or worse, finds itself simply airbrushed from the ...

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Article: Musician 2 Musician

Tomasz Stanko & Enrico Rava: Le Affinità Elettive

Read "Tomasz Stanko & Enrico Rava: Le Affinità Elettive" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Questo articolo era stato pubblicato l'11 settembre 2017 e viene ora riproposto in home page per ricordare il grande trombettista polacco scomparso il 29 luglio 2018. Lo scorso luglio Enrico Rava e Tomasz Stanko hanno varato un super-gruppo ECM per un tour europeo di oltre due settimane, in Italia e Polonia, ovviamente, ma anche ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Dot Time Legends Series: Is Every Night New Year's Eve Around Here?

Read "Dot Time Legends Series: Is Every Night New Year's Eve Around Here?" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Soon after The Embers opened in New York City in late 1951, Joe Bushkin and His Quartet spent 16 memorable weeks there. With Milt Hinton and Jo Jones, Bushkin was joined by Buck Clayton on trumpet. Astoundingly, Art Tatum had a solo piano gig there at the same time. Bushkin and Tatum listened to each other ...

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Article: Interview

Hugh Masekela: Strength in Music and Character

Read "Hugh Masekela: Strength in Music and Character" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


This article was first published at All About Jazz in May 2009. “I think it is incumbent, not just on every artist, but every person who has as their source communities that are disadvantaged, to give back," says Hugh Masekela, antiapartheid champion, friend of the downtrodden and musician extraordinaire who is still going strong ...


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