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Chuck Israels

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond

Read "Culture Clubs: A History of the U.S. Jazz Clubs, Part III: Kansas City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Beyond" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Beyond the Hubs While jny: New Orleans, jny: Chicago, jny: Kansas City and jny: New York City were the incubators of modern jazz, they were by no means the only locations with an appetite for live music. Jazz artists whose point of origin could not sustain multiple venues ventured to locations near and far ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Bill Evans: Time Remembered (The Life and Music of Bill Evans)

Read "Bill Evans: Time Remembered (The Life and Music of Bill Evans)" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Bill Evans: Time Remembered (The Life and Music of Bill Evans) A Film by Bruce Spiegel 2016 In the opening segment of Bruce Spiegel's splendid Bill Evans documentary, Time Remembered, Evans explains in an early interview: “Ultimately, I came to the conclusion that all I must do is take care ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Dai Liang, aka A Bu: Beijing Prodigy

Read "Dai Liang, aka A Bu: Beijing Prodigy" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In 1950, in the wake of World War II and the early years of the Cold War, the Chinese Communist Party under Mao Zedong founded the Central Conservatory of Music as a consolidation of several musical institutions. Located in Beijing, the school resides on the former site of the seventeenth century residence of one Prince Yixuan. ...


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