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Inspired by stride pianist, humorist vocalist Fats Waller on 10" LP's that included Al Casey-rhythm guitar, Herman Autrey-trumpet and Al Hall-string bass (I met them later in person), I learned to play clarinet in the Dover, NJ HS Marching Band. Fascinated with Sousa marches it didn't take me long to discover that Benny Goodman's clarinet style originated with Jimmy Noone and searched for the roots of clarinets' style that led me from Eddie Condon's friends in Chicago back to Algiers clarinetists in New Orleans. Started a HOT BLUES & JAZZ BAND in San Francisco in the '80's playing with Ragtime pianist Burt Bales, trumpeter Robin Hodes and jammed with Carl Lunsford, Ray Shelbred, Mal Sharpe and Turk Murphy. In 1996 invited pianist Red Richards (Saints & Sinners), bassist Johnny Williams Jr


Article: Live Review

Second “Louie” Awards Gala: New York, NY, December 4, 2012

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Louis Armstrong House Museum 2012 GalaThe Manhattan PenthouseNew York, NYDecember 4, 2012While waiting their turn to play as the Louis Armstrong Centennial Band, trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg, clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, banjoist James Chirillo, tubaist David Ostwald and drummer Marion Felder enjoyed a great meal before the Second Annual Louis ...

News: Festival

Newport Jazz Festival 2012: A Celebration of Diversity

Newport Jazz Festival 2012: A Celebration of Diversity

Tickets are selling briskly for the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival! To everyone’s surprise last year, the festivals ended with a surplus of several hundred thousand dollars, after the Newport Festivals Foundation invested $3 million in both festivals, the Associated Press reported. What was the impetus for setting up a nonprofit foundation? In a phone interview prior ...


News: Performance / Tour

She’s Not Billie, Not Sarah, Not Ella. It’s Cynthia Holiday

She’s Not Billie, Not Sarah, Not Ella. It’s Cynthia Holiday

BIRDLAND Showcase Thursday, July 26, 2012 Dinner from 5:00pm Showcase 6:00pm-7:00pm $20.00 Cynthia Holiday always gets asked two questions about her name: Is Holiday a stage name? “My maiden name is Cynthia Holiday,” and, are you related to Billie Holiday? “I find it flattering and always say, We ...


News: Performance / Tour

Nicki Parrott: Jazz At Kitano

Nicki Parrott: Jazz At Kitano

On the last Wednesday night of the first month in the newly renovated bar musical director Gino Moratti announced a quiet policy intended to focus attention on the subtleties of Nicki Parrott’s Trio. Moving from the second floor after six successful years to the first floor adjacent to the hotel in the former Park Avenue Rockefeller ...


News: Event

Catherine Russell: A Swing-Jazz Singer Emerges

Catherine Russell: A Swing-Jazz Singer Emerges

By Daniel Kassell Catherine Russell Singers Over Manhattan The Allen Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center New York City, NY March 30, 2012 At the start of singer Catherine Russell's Jazz at Lincoln Center performance, MC Todd Barkan (Dizzy's Jazz Club Manager), roused the crowd with, “Thank you for ...


News: Event

“What We Do” at the Louis Armstrong House Museum

“What We Do” at the Louis Armstrong House Museum

What do they do at the Louis Armstrong House? A Who's Who of the Jazz world were introduced to Louis Armstrong singing “That's My Home" in the first moments of a video about “What We Do." At this first Louis Armstrong House Museum Gala on December 6th, 2011 the first “Louie," went to a 92-year-old, jazz ...


Article: Live Review

Did Les Lieber Play Jazz at Noon for the Last Time?

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Les Lieber and Friends Jazz at NoonThe Players New York, NYJune 3, 2011 At age 99,Les Lieber was feted with lots of applause at The Players in New York City's Gramercy Park, because of a May 5, 2011 feature article by Corey Kilgannon in the New York Times, featuring the ...


Article: Live Review

Lest We Forget: Remembering Myrna Lake at the Lenox Lounge 2006

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In his All About Jazz review of Yesterdays (Jazzing Music, 2008), Samuel Chell described singer Myrna Lake's recording as “an exploration of the power of memory itself, a musical narrative yielding the discovery that memory, like the songs that are eventually designated standards, is a moment in the present, an instant distinguished by heightened awareness ...


News: Music Industry

2011 is Now, "Live Jazz" Thrives at APAP since 2007

By Daniel Kassell For the fourth consecutive year Jazz Journalist Association members have noted the influx of Jazz presenters showcases highlighted at the Association of Performing Presenters (APAP) in New York's Hilton Hotel and in 2011 concurrently at every conceivable venue in NYC. APAP's vision is to develop and support professionals who offer “Live" performance such ...


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