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Chuck Israels

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Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. His step-father, Mordecai Bauman is a singer who performed extensively with composer Hanns Eisler and who, along with Chuck's mother, Irma Commanday, created a home environment in which music was a part of normal daily activity. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to the Bauman home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello and played guitar in junior high school

Album

Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Trialogues, Vol. 1. 1. Five; 2. Woody'N You [take 2]; 3. Young and Foolish; 4. Autumn Leaves; 5. How Deep Is the Ocean; 6. Sweet and Lovely; 7. Blue in Green; 8. How My Heart Sings; 9. Re: Person I Knew; 10. My Foolish Heart (live); 11. Waltz for Debby (live); 12. Gloria's Step (live); 13. My Man's Gone Now (live); 14. Swedish Pastry (live);


Disc Two: Trialogues, Vol. 2 1. Israel; 2. The Peacocks; 3. I Believe in You; 4. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; 5. I Will Say Goodbye; 6. Turn Out the Stars (live); 7. Walkin' Up (live); 8. Very Early (live); 9. Minha (All Mine) (live); 10. My Romance (live); 11. Days of Wine and Roses (live); 12. The Touch of Your Lips (live); 13. Someday My Prince Will Come (live).
Disc Three: Monologues. 1. Peace Piece; 2. Danny Boy; 3. Make Someone Happy; 4. A Time for Love; 5. Waltz for Debby; 6. The Bad and the Beautiful; 7. N.Y.C.'s No Lark; 8. Emily; 9. Remembering the Rain; 10. I Loves You Porgy (live); 11. Letter to Evan (live); 12. Nardis (live).
Disc Four: Dialogues & Confluences. 1. My Funny Valentine; 2. A Face Without a Name; 3. The Touch of Your Lips (Vocal Version); 4. I Love You; 5. Up with the Lark (live); 6. Funkallero (live); 7. Who Cares?; 8. Body and Soul; 9. You and the Night and the Music; 10. Time Remembered; 11. Night and Day; 12. A Child is Born; 13. Peri's Scope.
Disc Five: Epilogue. 1. Sareen Jurer (live) 2. Sugar Plum (live); 3. The Two Lonely People (live); 4. T. T. T. (Twelve Tone Tune); (live); 5. Quiet Now (live) 6. Up with the Lark (live); 7. How Deep Is the Ocean (live); 8. Blue Serge (live); 9. Nardis (live).

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News: Recording

Craft Recordings Celebrates The Legacy Of Bill Evans With First-Ever Career-Spanning Collection, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)

Craft Recordings Celebrates The Legacy Of Bill Evans  With First-Ever Career-Spanning Collection, Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)

Craft Recordings proudly honors the pioneering jazz artist Bill Evans and his enduring musical contributions, with two new titles. The first—a deluxe, five-CD box set and digital album, titled Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956–1980)—marks the first-ever career-spanning collection of music from the pianist, featuring over 60 tracks that spotlight Evans’ exceptional work ...

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News: Video / DVD

Bill Evans in Rochester, N.Y., 1977

Bill Evans in Rochester, N.Y., 1977

Over the weekend, pianist Dave Thompson sent along a link to a recently uploaded, hour-long video of the Bill Evans Trio in concert in 1977. While the person who uploaded it thought the performance took place in Boston, it actually was held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. Based on my additional research, Evans performed ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3

Read "My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3" reviewed by Chuck Israels


Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to his home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

My Early Years with Bill Evans, Part 2

Read "My Early Years with Bill Evans, Part 2" reviewed by Chuck Israels


Bassist and composer Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. He studied the cello and played guitar in junior high school. Later musical training took place at Indian Hill, a summer workshop in the arts directed by his parents, and at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City. A year at Massachusetts ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 1

Read "My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 1" reviewed by Chuck Israels


Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to his home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello ...

News: Video / DVD

Chuck Israels and Alec Katz

Chuck Israels and Alec Katz

Bassist Chuck Israels and I have become fast pen pals. Every since my interview with Chuck in 2019 (here), he sends along wonderful notes with insights into the historic subjects of my posts. I share many of them with you. Recently, Chuck sent along a thrilling album featuring his trio live at a club in Tel ...

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Article: Interview

Jay Thomas: We Always Knew

Read "Jay Thomas: We Always Knew" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Legacy is a fleeting notion. It is incomprehensible in real time when a career hits high points, when certain doors open to quantitative opportunity. Jay Thomas can tell you a thing or two about that, based on his own personal experience as a jazz artist over half a century. His story includes playing on the Seattle ...

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Article: Live Review

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center

Read "Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea The Music of Thelonious Monk Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Academy of Music Philadelphia, PA April 8, 2018 In the words of Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk's definitive biographer, Monk was “An ...


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