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The only child of Charles and Addie Parker, Charlie Parker was one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940’s. When Parker was still a child, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where jazz, blues and gospel music were flourishing. His first contact with music came from school, where he played baritone horn with the school’s band. When he was 15, he showed a great interest in music and a love for the alto saxophone. Soon, Parker was playing with local bands until 1935, when he left school to pursue a music career. From 1935 to 1939, Parker worked in Kansas City with several local jazz and blues bands from which he developed his art

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Article: Interview

Seun Kuti on His Music and His Politics

Read "Seun Kuti on His Music and His Politics" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser


At 39, Seun Kuti is many things. Singer-songwriter. Band leader. Saxophone and keyboard player. Father, husband. Politically active Nigerian citizen. Social critic and community leader. He is married to Yetunde George Ademiluyi and has a daughter Adara, who was born in 2013. Seun is the youngest son of the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti and his wife ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

The John Butcher Vinyl Series

Read "The John Butcher Vinyl Series" reviewed by John Sharpe


British saxophonist John Butcher has originated an astounding array of saxophone techniques which he combines in a personal syntax which is instantly recognizable, particularly involving the production of a broad range of multiphonics which vary from juddering growl to chirruping stridulation, but which defies easy description. Novel sounds in themselves of course would only be of ...

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Article: Interview

Cheryl Richards: Another Spring, Another Song

Read "Cheryl Richards: Another Spring, Another Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


It can be hard to find new things to say in old songs, but after many years of singing the standards, some singers are still able to discover the secret of a song. Cheryl Richards is a shining example of a singer who has been able to prove the relevance of the standards for a modern ...

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Article: Album Review

Bobby Bradford and Friends: Stealin' Home: Jackie Robinson Suite

Read "Stealin' Home: Jackie Robinson Suite" reviewed by Chuck Koton


Born in Mississippi in 1934 and raised in Dallas, Texas, cornet master and composer Bobby Bradford knows racism and segregation. When asked if Texas was completely segregated, Bradford said, “If there's a word stronger than 'completely,' that was Texas." In spite of the hate and discrimination of everyday life in the Jim Crow South, Bradford and ...

Article: Album Review

Hermon Mehari, Alessandro Lanzoni: Arc Fiction

Read "Arc Fiction" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Dopo aver lavorato assieme in altri contesti--per esempio nel progetto di Michelangelo Scandroglio In the Eyes of Whales--Alessandro Lanzoni e Hermon Mehari registrano un lavoro in duo, undici brani originali (solo “Donna Lee" di Charlie Parker è un omaggio alla tradizione) e in larga misura improvvisati. Il disco ha inevitabilmente un'andamento cameristico, ma la varietà stilistica, ...

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News: Recording

Or Shovaly Plus Release 'Live at the New Orleans Jazz Museum' — Groove is at the heart of New Orleans-based guitarist’s debut EP

Or Shovaly Plus Release 'Live at the New Orleans Jazz Museum' — Groove is at the heart of New Orleans-based guitarist’s debut EP

It almost doesn’t matter whether guitarist Or Shovaly is composing music, arranging music, playing music, thinking about music, or talking about music. One point remains: Groove is at the heart and the guiding star of Or Shovaly’s music, including and especially the debut recording of his band Or Shovaly Plus, Live at the New Orleans Jazz ...

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Article: Interview

Idit Shner: Infinite Possibilities

Read "Idit Shner: Infinite Possibilities" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Idit Shner, a saxophonist from Israel based in jny: Eugene, Oregon, has a wide range of musical influences in the projects she has recorded. Her albums have been published on OA2 Records and Origin Classical and have something to offer for any listener. Grounded in the jazz traditions, she has kept reinventing herself musically, so that ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Six of the Best

Read "Six of the Best" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are some thoughts on six recent quality jazz releases of varying types. Malcolm Earle Smith Vocal Intent Self Produced 2022 British musician Malcom Earle Smith is a trombonist by trade but on this album, he confines himself to vocals with pleasing results. His light, swinging voice ...

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Article: Interview

Antonio Hart: Educator and Monster Player

Read "Antonio Hart: Educator and Monster Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


The Queens Jazz Orchestra took the stage at Flushing Town Hall, a historic building in the jny: New York City borough dedicated to the arts, for an annual jazz concert celebrating the music of Charlie Parker and the career and life of Phil Schaap, a longtime Big Apple radio personality who hosted a show devoted to ...


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