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Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker Jr. was raised in a musical household in Oklahoma (his father was a guitar player), and coming of age in Southern California during the bebop era of jazz, Baker found success as a trumpet player in 1951 when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements. In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which was an instant phenomenon. Baker became famous on the strength of his solo on their recording of "My Funny Valentine" a piece he was later said to "own". The Quartet, however, lasted less than a year because of Mulligan's arrest on drug charges. In 1954, Baker won the Downbeat Jazz Poll, beating Miles Davis among others

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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, ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Kristin Callahan

Read "Take Five with Kristin Callahan" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Kristin Callahan Kristin has been singing and performing since she was eight years old. She began studying jazz and piano in 2009 and performs at festivals and venues such as the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, SOUTH, Montpelier Arts Center, Wine in the Woods, Woodmere Art Museum, Rockwood Music Hall, Twins Jazz, and Rams Head On ...

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News: TV / Film

Short Documentary, 'In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,' Becomes A Three-Time Hollywood Winner

Short Documentary, 'In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,' Becomes A Three-Time Hollywood Winner

The Nanaimo mini-documentary film about jazz bassist/producer/composer Rick Kilburn, In the Zone: Rick Kilburn, has just achieved a third Hollywood award win. Film director and Canadian Polaris Music Prize juror Kerilie McDowall and her crew just won the June 2021 Best Web and New Media award at IndieX Film Fest in Hollywood. Additionally at Hollywood's Indie ...

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 ...

Article: Live Review

Roberto Cipelli & Paolo Fresu al Parco Ca' Nova di Medicina

Read "Roberto Cipelli & Paolo Fresu al Parco Ca' Nova di Medicina" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso


Roberto Cipelli e Paolo Fresu Parco Ca' Nova Crossroads Festival 2021 Medicina (BO) 26/06/2021 La prima delle tre apparizioni di Paolo Fresu alla ventiduesima edizione del Crossroads Festival, la manifestazione musicale che anche quest'anno attraversa tutta l'Emilia--Romagna con oltre 60 concerti di alto livello, va in scena al Parco Ca' Nova ...

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Article: Album Review

The Luvmenauts: In Space

Read "In Space" reviewed by Chris May


Toronto quartet The Luvmenauts' In Space is a well-crafted assemblage of new millennial library-going-on-soundtrack music. It has echoes of the mid 1960s and early 1970s rock 'n' funk produced by library labels such as KPM and Music De Wolfe, and has intersections, too, with the work of BBC Radiophonic Workshop composer Delia Derbyshire, not least in ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Marty Sheller: The Name Behind The Sound You All Know, Part 1

Read "Marty Sheller: The Name Behind The Sound You All Know, Part 1" reviewed by Skip Heller


There are certain musicians who embody eras, even if they're not the player with their picture on the cover. In our contemporary musical climate, Greg Leisz comes to mind. Since 1991, he has popped up on hundreds of acclaimed albums, and without ever really changing his style, he has become centrifugal beyond the considerations of genre ...

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Article: Radio

Jane Ira Bloom, Art Hirahara & David Angel

Read "Jane Ira Bloom, Art Hirahara & David Angel" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The ceremonial 700th Episode of Neon Jazz features several news releases and it starts with David Angel and music off his latest project Out on the Coast. We also spotlight 94-year old New York saxophonist Vinnie Riccitelli. We'll examine the music and voices of Joe Lovano, Steve Slagle, Art Hirahara and Jane Ira Bloom. then wrap ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Kari Kirkland

Read "Take Five with Kari Kirkland" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Kari Kirkland Kari Kirkland's debut album 'Wild is the Wind' was produced and arranged by four-time Grammy©-nominee, pianist, composer, and arranger Shelly Berg. He assembled an impressive cast of players for the recording: legendary guitarist Dean Parks, Kevin Axt (Tierney Sutton) on bass, and drummer Gregg Field (Frank Sinatra), with Berg himself on piano. The ...


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