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Charles Brown was the pioneer originator of the immensely influential postwar California blues style. Though identified with his classic “Driftin’ Blues,” he was not committed to just the blues, and was comfortable as a popular crooner as well. His efforts as a vocalist, pianist, and composer helped create the music that would become rhythm and blues, and he was one of the principals in bringing about a shift in the mainstream of African-American music, one that would bring vocalists to the forefront and largely eclipse the instrumental art of jazz. Brown was a premier entertainer in the 1940s and 1950s, influencing a host of later performers including Ray Charles. Brown was born on September 13, 1922 (some sources give the year as 1920), in Texas City, Texas

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Caroline Davis

Read "Caroline Davis" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

After honing her skills on the jny: Chicago scene, Caroline Davis has rapidly established herself as an in-demand musician and educator in jny: New York, where she moved in 2013, and internationally. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz's best releases. The leader or co-leader of several interesting projects, ranging ...

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Big Harp George: Wash My Horse In Champagne

Read "Wash My Horse In Champagne" reviewed by James Nadal

There is positive news on the blues front, as it continues to evolve and be held in high esteem by its faithful practitioners and audience. Already a generation removed from the heyday of legendary originators; there is a crop of players who have been keeping the blues flourishing, and contributing a renewed outlook to the idiom. ...

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Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue: Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

Read "Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue" reviewed by James Nadal

The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is a blues ensemble founded by harmonica player and singer Mark ...

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Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Read "In the Wee Small Hours" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le esibizioni spettacolari da honker anni '40 lo hanno reso famoso al pubblico del blues ma gli amanti del jazz hanno gusti raffinati e non gli prestano molta attenzione. In questo disco, inciso in Italia con Alberto Marsico e Alessandro Minetto, Sax Gordon si mostra però ligio alla tradizione jazzistica del tenore, ampliando il suo campo ...

Inspiration Information / Wings of Love

Read "Inspiration Information / Wings of Love" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Shuggie Otis might not have been born holding a guitar but he probably picked his first one up soon thereafter. He did grow up playing guitar in bands led by his dad Johnny Otis, who introduced such artists as Charles Brown and Esther Phillips to R&B and soul audiences. He debuted ...

Fusion Groovin’

Read "Fusion Groovin’" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Analog Players Society Hurricane Season in Brooklyn Studio Brooklyn 2012 Hurricane Season in Brooklyn marks the debut of the Analog Players Society (APS), an extension of the lifelong pursuit of the groove by the percussionist, engineer and producer known as Amon, who first discovered Turkish, West African and Middle Eastern music ...

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Charles Brown - Merry Christmas Baby

Featuring the music of Charles Brown
Duration: 3:01

The man himself performing his signature Christmas song - Live!!
ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Red Holloway Quartet: San Diego, February 8, 2011

Read "Red Holloway Quartet: San Diego, February 8, 2011" reviewed by Robert Bush

Red Holloway Quartet with Plas JohnsonSaville Theater, San Diego City CollegeSan Diego, CAFebruary 8, 2011 Red Holloway has “been there and done that" when it comes to jazz standards and all forms of the blues. While normally his specialties are both playing the tenor saxophone and belting out blues vocals, ...

ARTICLE: TALKIN' BLUES

Susan Tedeschi: Dreams and Legends

Read "Susan Tedeschi: Dreams and Legends" reviewed by Alan Bryson

A string of Grammy-nominated albums, along with a critically acclaimed and commercially successful DVD of her appearance on the American television program Austin City Limits, have helped to establish Susan Tedeschi as one of today's premiere blues artists. On top of that, she's performed in front of millions of music lovers by headlining numerous festivals and ...


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