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Had Chu Berry's life not been cut short when he died at age 33 as the result of an automobile accident, who knows what might have been. But what he did achieve was enough. Considering the brevity of his life, and that his recording career spans a mere decade, it is remarkable that his name continues to loom large in the annals of jazz. Leon "Chu" Berry was born in Wheeling on Sept. 13, 1908, into a relatively well-to-do family that included a very musical half sister who played piano in a jazz trio that rehearsed in the Berry home, Chu's love of music and the saxophone was born. Inspired by Coleman Hawkins (whom he heard on tour) to take up the saxophone, he played the alto instrument while at Lincoln High School in Wheeling and at West Virginia State College in Charleston

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Coleman Hawkins: Fifty Years Gone, A Saxophone Across Time

Read "Coleman Hawkins: Fifty Years Gone, A Saxophone Across Time" reviewed by Arthur R George

Fifty years ago this past year, Coleman Hawkins, considered the father of tenor saxophone in jazz, passed away. Thelonious Monk was pacing back and forth in the hallway outside Hawkins' hospital room when the saxophonist succumbed at age 64 on the morning of May 19, 1969, from pneumonia and other complications. Monk was holding a short ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Salvo Losappio: Long Story Short

Read "Long Story Short" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although Long Story Short is an entirely appropriate title for Italian-born tenor saxophonist Salvo Losappio's debut CD as leader, as its playing time is a lean LP-like thirty-eight minutes, Rush Job might have been an even better one. Losappio's name and face adorn the front cover of the album, which names his four sidemen but does ...

They Died Before 40--New Jazz Film To Make History

They Died Before 40--New Jazz Film To Make History

The Music Kept Them Alive… And Killed Them! Which jazz musician’s funeral attracted 10,000 mourners and an 80-car funeral procession? Which African American musician was forced to play at the other end of the recording studio with white musicians? The website for the film has 40 Hot Points and more. More than two dozen gifted jazz ...

ARTICLE: GENERAL ARTICLES

Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano

Read "Piccola guida al nuovo jazz italiano" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non è vero che il jazz italiano sta bene. Non è vero che siamo il paese dei festival e che abbiamo musicisti che tutto il mondo ci invidia. Possiamo raccontarcela tra di noi, se vi va. Facendo finta che questo sia il migliore dei mondi possibili e che il sole dell'avvenire splenda alto sopra l'orizzonte, ma ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Eivind Opsvik e il Questionario di Proust

Read "Eivind Opsvik e il Questionario di Proust" reviewed by Paolo Peviani

All About Jazz: Il tratto principale della mia musica. Eivind Opsivik: Atmosfere forti. AAJ: La qualità che desidero nei musicisti che suonano con me. E.O.: Che siano al 100% al servizio della musica. AAJ: Come musicista, il momento in cui sono stato più felice. ...

Wadada Leo Smith, fenomenologia di un maestro

Read "Wadada Leo Smith, fenomenologia di un maestro" reviewed by Luca Canini

Non tutti i maestri sono uguali. C'è chi sceglie di farsi da parte, riducendo al minimo gli sconfinamenti, gli azzardi, i contatti con situazioni potenzialmente rischiose. E c'è chi invece si ostina a cercare, a condividere; tenendo fede a quella che del jazz è la suprema vocazione: la fisiologica tendenza a includere, in un continuo sovrapporsi ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

New Jazz Film "They Died Before 40" Seeks Help With Photographs

New Jazz Film "They Died Before 40" Seeks Help With Photographs

They Died Before 40, a new jazz film with licensing concerns needs help from the jazz community. In order for the film to be shown publicly all photographs and music must be licensed. There are over 600 photographs and graphic images in the film. It has been determined that about 100 are in the public domain ...

NEWS: TV / FILM

A Jazz Tune Recorded In Heaven

A Jazz Tune Recorded In Heaven

They Died Before 40, a new jazz film, features eight jazz artists, most of them relatively unknown. They all died before reaching the age of 40. Actually, four of the eight died before reaching the age of 30! Seven died before 1944 and one died in 1956. The greatest jazz band in history has been playing ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Frank Lowe: The Loweski

Read "The Loweski" reviewed by John Sharpe

Producer Michael Anderson has unearthed yet more music from the ESP-disk vaults to complement tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe's Black Beings (ESP-disk, 1974), the session which announced the Memphis-born reedman's arrival as leader on the NYC jazz scene. Recorded at the same date, reputed to be from Ornette Coleman's Prince Street loft, The Loweski adds another 37-minutes ...


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