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Count Basie

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Bill Basie studied music with his mother as a child and played piano in early childhood. He picked up the basics of early ragtime from some of the great Harlem pianists and studied organ informally with Fats Waller. He made his professional debut as an accompanist for vaudeville acts and replaced Waller in an act called Katie Crippen and her Kids. He also worked with June Clark and Sonny Greer who was later to become Duke Ellington’s drummer. It was while traveling with the Gonzel White vaudeville show that Basie became stranded in Kansas City when the outfit suddenly broke up. He played at a silent movie house for a while and then became a member of the Walter Page Blue Devils in 1928 and ’29

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News: Recording

Jazz Vocalist Chris Humphrey Unveils Clark Terry Tribute

Jazz Vocalist Chris Humphrey Unveils Clark Terry Tribute

Jazz vocalist/pianist Chris Humphrey has been working with drummer Les Harris Jr. on a labor of love in tribute to the great jazz trumpeter Clark Terry. Clark Terry was one of the only musicians to play with both Duke Ellington and Count Basie's orchestras. His sound on the trumpet and flugelhorn is immediately recognizable and his ...

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Article: Interview

Stephane Mercier: New Saxophone Talent

Read "Stephane Mercier: New Saxophone Talent" reviewed by AAJ Staff


This article was originally published at All About Jazz in December 2001. Belgian alto saxophonist Stephane Mercier tolerates no boundaries. “I listened to some cheesy things when I was young--I don't mind. If I like something, I just put it," he proclaims about his approach to music. A new talent in the jazz world, ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

JD Allen: Just Keep Going

Read "JD Allen: Just Keep Going" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1, “JD Allen: Just Keep Going" from Philip Freeman's Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century (ZerO Books, 2022). Queens, New York seems purposely designed to confuse travelers. It's January 2, 2020, a brisk but sunny day, and I'm to meet saxophonist JD Allen at Samurai ...

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News: Education

Learn About More Jazz Giants this fall online at Rutgers Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Course: More Giants of Jazz Wednesdays, September 7 through October 12 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No class is scheduled for October 5. Course code: RV42 Class Size: Medium Member: $50 / Non-Member: $75 This course includes all new jazz giants! Each class will focus on jazz legends, someone ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

I Hear a Rhapsody

Read "I Hear a Rhapsody" reviewed by David Caudill


We put out a call to visitors to AAJ to tell us their stories about how jazz has impacted, indeed shaped their lives. David Caudill heard the call. David has lived in Cincinnati for three decades and spent a long career writing, both in journalism and for a short while in corporate communications. He ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Large Jazz Ensembles, Past And Present

Read "Large Jazz Ensembles, Past And Present" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show on jazz orchestras and big bands begins and ends with Duke Ellington. In between, it includes Michael Gibbs, Count Basie, the Either/Orchestra, Chico O'Farrill, George Russell and several others. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning

Read "Denis Gäbel: A Deeper Meaning" reviewed by Matty Bannond


This year, the hr-Bigband welcomes star guests including Nils Landgren, Camille Thurman and John Beasley. It also welcomes a new lead tenor saxophonist: Denis Gäbel. In an interview with All About Jazz, he shares his thoughts about playing with this historic and highly-regarded German big band. Denis Gäbel grew up in a showbiz family. ...

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Article: Interview

Migiwa Miyajima: The Colorful Journey Into Jazz

Read "Migiwa Miyajima: The Colorful Journey Into Jazz" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Migiwa “Miggy" Miyajima is a Japanese, New York-based composer, producer, and pianist. As a producer, she has received multiple Grammy nominations. Her list of awards includes the 2021 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Creative Engagement grant and Restart NY grant, 2020 New York City's NYC Women's Fund For Media, Music, and Theatre grant, 2020-2021 Asian American ...

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Article: Touchstone Album Picks

Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations

Read "Bill Frisell: Never Ending Revelations" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Touchstone Albums Picks is a new column from All About Jazz that invites artists to talk about the albums that have moved and inspired them and perhaps in some way informed their own music. In celebration of the publication of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Faber & Faber, 2022), Irish journalist Philip Watson's definitive biography of the ...


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