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Coleman Hawkins


Coleman Hawkins single-handedly brought the saxophone to the prominence in jazz that the instrument enjoys. Before he hit the scene, jazz groups had little use for the instrument. One player (forgot who) said, "with all due respect to Adolph Sax, Coleman Hawkins invented the saxophone." Hawkins, or "Bean", as he was known as, started playing cello at a young age before switching to the saxophone. He was a lifelong listener of classical music, and as a result, his knowledge of music theory was far ahead of his peers. Whereas Louis Armstrong improvised his solos based on the melody, Hawkins based his on the harmony and had a strong sense of rhythm. Hawkins hit New York at the age of 20 and quickly established himself, as he became the star of the Fletcher Henderson band


Article: Album Review

Curtis Counce: You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

Read "You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

When bassist Curtis Counce died of a heart attack at the age of 37 in 1963, the jazz world was deprived of a major talent. Not that one would have known much, for his death, while noted, was not extensively covered. Counce, a Midwesterner, had come to California and to jny:Los Angeles to learn his craft, ...

Article: Live Review

Mantova Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Mantova Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Mantova Jazz Festival Mantova, vari luoghi 13.10-10.11.2023 Giunto alla 43ma edizione, il jazz festival di Mantova continua a dimostrarsi attento agli sviluppi del jazz contemporaneo con programmi autorevolmente attrattivi, che presentano il meglio del panorama internazionale senza dimenticare i talenti locali. L'idea di fondo che ha guidato ...

News: Recording

Backgrounder: Coleman Hawkins 'Desafinado' 1962

Backgrounder: Coleman Hawkins 'Desafinado' 1962

Over two days In September 1962, Impulse producer Bob Thiele brought Coleman Hawkins into Rudy Van Gelder's recording studio in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., for a bossa nova session. By then, Paul Winter, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie Mann, among others, had recorded albums using the new Brazilian rhythm. The key question was whether the old-school ...


Article: Book Review

Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good

Read "Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good" reviewed by Andrew Hunter

Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good Con Chapman 358 pages ISBN: # 978 1 80050 282 6 Equinox Publishing Limited 2023 In January 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution came into effect, ushering in 14 years of Prohibition and, inadvertently, a golden ...


Article: Film Review

Salvation through rhythm: Max Roach—The Drum Also Waltzes

Read "Salvation through rhythm: Max Roach—The Drum Also Waltzes" reviewed by Peter Jones

Max Roach--The Drum Also Waltzes Directed by Sam Pollard and Ben Shapiro PBS American Masters2023 Anyone who enjoyed the recent Wayne Shorter documentary Zero Gravity might also dig this--a more conventionally structured but equally fascinating look at the life of Max Roach. Filmmaker and interviewer Sam Pollard began making it in ...


Article: Profile

Eddie Higgins: Elegance And Confidentiality

Read "Eddie Higgins: Elegance And Confidentiality" reviewed by Daniele Trucco

This article was translated into English and was first published on meer.com.The story of a refined pianist, feted as a sideman by the greats of international jazz and an authentic star of the Japanese record scene.The Ascent I met pianist Eddie Higgins on three separate occasions--the first time was in 2006 at ...


Article: Interview

A Fireside Chat With Tony Bennett

Read "A Fireside Chat With Tony Bennett" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This interview was first published on All About Jazz in September 2001. Tony Bennett hails from a period in Americana where style loomed larger than sustenance and men were less than men without a martini or scotch in one hand and a cigar or cigarette burning from the other. Those were the days. And ...


Article: Interview

Talkin' Square Biz with Arkadia Prez Bob Karcy

Read "Talkin' Square Biz with Arkadia Prez Bob Karcy" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

This interview was first published at All About Jazz in October 1997. This past June, Bob Karcy, President and Founder of the award-winning V.I.E.W. Video company, announced the signings of Dave Liebman, Benny Golson and Billy Taylor to his newly-formed Arkadia Entertainment Corporation. “Just what the world needs, another jazz record label," ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Sonny Stitt, Eugene Chadbourne and More

Read "Sonny Stitt, Eugene Chadbourne and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This episode covers a broad range of jazz from Sonny Stitt in full live cry to Eugene Chadbourne playing Eric Dolphy. In between those poles are Don Byron, Dizzy Gillespie, Sara Caswell, and a lot more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...


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