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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

Richard Brent Turner on Islam, Jazz and Black Liberation

Read "Richard Brent Turner on Islam, Jazz and Black Liberation" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Richard Brent Turner is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the African American Studies Program at the University of Iowa. Since joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Turner has authored several books, including Jazz Religion, The Second Line, and Black New Orleans, New Edition (Indiana University Press, 2016), and Islam in the African-American Experience, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Unconventional Instruments

Read "Unconventional Instruments" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


ECM regularly tops lists of the best jazz labels though their full name--Edition of Contemporary Music--would argue for a broader scope of content. A substantial number of their most popular albums, such as Carla Bley's Escalator Over The Hill (1974), Egberto Gismonti: Dança Dos Escravos (1989), Nils Petter Molvær's Khmer (1997), and many more, are not ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Charles Mingus: An Essential Top Ten Albums

Read "Charles Mingus: An Essential Top Ten Albums" reviewed by Chris May


Charles Mingus was rarely a happy man and yet his music possessed a power to uplift listeners unlike that of most other composer / bandleaders before or after him. It still has that power in 2021, four decades after his passing and on the eve of his hundredth anniversary in 2022. In his personal life, too, ...

News: Video / DVD

Half Nelson: Cool Perfection

Half Nelson: Cool Perfection

For those who don't quite get East Coast cool jazz or why it's special, I have two words for you: Half Nelson. The song, credited to Miles Davis, was first recorded for Savoy in 1947 by the Miles Davis All Stars, featuring Miles Davis (tp), Charlie Parker (ts), John Lewis (p), Nelson Boyd (b) and Max ...

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Article: Album Review

Roy Brooks: Understanding

Read "Understanding" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Roy Brooks was a preeminent hard-bop drummer who early on participated in seminal recording dates led by Horace Silver, Yusef Lateef and Sonny Stitt. In this release entitled Understanding, produced by Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman for Reel To Real Records, Brooks is documented live by The Left Bank Jazz Society at The Famous Ballroom in ...

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Article: Interview

A Conversation with Jackie McLean

Read "A Conversation with Jackie McLean" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 1998. All About Jazz: You grew up in the same neighborhood as Bud Powell. How did he impact your life? And, what was Bud Powell the man like? Jackie McLean: He certainly lived in the vicinity of my ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Monaco - Hendrik Meurkens - Reid Hoyson - Mark Lucas: Strollin'

Read "Strollin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


To apprehend the essence of Strollin', listeners need look no further than this superb new album's picture-perfect name. Even when burning rubber, the four maestros in this co-op quartet leave the impression that they are simply strollin' through the changes of eleven well-chosen tunes, seldom working up a sweat as they breathe radiant life into each ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Jon Irabagon: Channeling Charlie Parker In The Black Hills

Read "Jon Irabagon: Channeling Charlie Parker In The Black Hills" reviewed by Doug Hall


An un-planned flight from peak Covid spread in New York City in March 2020, led jazz saxophonist and composer Jon Irabagon to escape to in-laws located next to the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. Winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Competition and named “Musician of the Year" in 2012 by The New York City ...

Article: Interview

Dino Piana: un altro giro di Blues

Read "Dino Piana: un altro giro di Blues" reviewed by Paolo Marra


A 91 anni Dino Piana ha ancora voglia di suonare come quando da bambino lo faceva con un pezzo di legno sullo scalino di casa--"non potrei stare un giorno senza suonare, starei male perché ho bisogno di esprimermi" così ci dice il trombonista piemontese nell'intervista che abbiamo realizzato in occasione dell'uscita del suo nuovo disco Al ...


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