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Cozy Cole is considered to be one of the most perfect drummers jazz has produced, possessing an incomparably solid tempo with dreamy clearness and unstoppable power! William Randolph "Cozy" Cole,was a life-long student of the drums, studying at Julliard in the mid-1940s,and with the New York Philharmonic's Saul Goodman. Most of his long career was as a sideman for such leaders as; Willie Bryant, Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton and Louis Armstrong. Even before these, Cozy had played with Benny Carter's first (and un-successful) band. That band also had such un-known names as Teddy Wilson (piano); Chu Berry (tenor sax) and a young trombonist named Dickie Wells. Almost with complete silence, Cozy broke many of the racial barriers in music


Article: Highly Opinionated

Jazz Inside And Out: Select Posts from 2013-2015

Read "Jazz Inside And Out: Select Posts from 2013-2015" reviewed by John Goodman

Here's a selection of posts from my now-discontinued blog, Jazz Inside and Out. I started writing it in summer 2013 and persisted for about six years. As 2016 rolled around, like many others I got quite taken over by politics, and my posts reflected that. Readership went up, jazz took a sabbatical. Politics and ...


Article: Profile

Rolling in Rhythm: Philly Joe Jones and Charles Wilcoxon

Read "Rolling in Rhythm: Philly Joe Jones and Charles Wilcoxon" reviewed by Dustin Mallory

Drummer “Philly" Joe Jones is known as one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history, appearing on more than 200 albums. His legacy as a studio drummer appears on seminal classics like John Coltrane's Blue Train, Thelonious Monk's Blues at the Five Spot, Miles Davis's Milestones, and Bud Powell's Time Waits. Beside these recordings, Jones ...


News: Recording

Legacy Recordings Celebrates Billie Holiday's 100th Birthday

Legacy Recordings Celebrates Billie Holiday's 100th Birthday

Legacy Recordings Celebrates Billie Holiday's 100th Birthday with Release of The Centennial Collection, 20 Essential Lady Day Recordings, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Newly Curated Anthology Brings Together 20 Career-Defining Performances, Originally Released from 1935-1945 New York, NY – Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings is celebrating the 100th birthday of Billie Holiday with the release of The Centennial ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Ralph J DeLorso Jr.

Read "Take Five With Ralph J DeLorso Jr." reviewed by Ralph J DeLorso Jr

Meet Ralph J DeLorso Jr:I am a 59 year-old seasoned professional drummer. For 43 years I worked for WM Morris and Willard Alexander. For many years I have performed and recorded with many artists. I have performed with the late Jackie McLean two years before his passing at the Artist Collective in Hartford. I ...


Article: Extended Analysis

Louis Armstrong & The All Stars: Satchmo At Symphony Hall - The Complete Performances

Read "Louis Armstrong & The All Stars: Satchmo At Symphony Hall  - The Complete Performances" reviewed by Skip Heller

Louis Armstrong & The All StarsSatchmo At Symphony Hall: 65th Anniversary The Complete PerformancesVerve 2012 Writing about trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong is difficult. In the most literal sense, he is the watershed of jazz. He was neither the first acknowledged genius of the music (soprano saxophonist Sidney ...


News: Recording

Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (#251)

Classic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922-1947 (#251)

This set is expected to be released late May/early June “Almost all of the recordings Hawkins made throughout a 45 year period were outstanding examples of improvisation, but among them were masterpieces by which all jazz tenor saxophone solos will forever be judged.” —John Chilton, The Song Of The Hawk The Coleman Hawkins Set You’ve Been ...


Article: Album Review

Larry Fine: Larry Fine Meets Stuff Smith: Fine Stuff

Read "Larry Fine Meets Stuff Smith: Fine Stuff" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Larry Fine was often shown playing the violin in various The Three Stooges shorts, but what many fans don't realize is that he really played the instrument. Fortunately, he was also interested in jazz and an admirer of Stuff Smith. This long forgotten radio broadcast likely originated from a Hollywood club during one of the recording ...


Cozy Cole Hits

Label: Love Records
Released: 2000


Who's Who In Jazz, Vol. 3

Label: Charlie Parker Records
Released: 1980


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