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Brubeck's mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music. Several of his professors came forward arguing for his ability with counterpoint and harmony, but the school was still afraid that it would cause a scandal, and only agreed to let Brubeck graduate once he promised never to teach piano


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Blues Spectacular

Read "A Blues Spectacular" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

In a change from this show's usual format, this episode investigates the blues in many different forms. There are jump blues, British blues, acoustic blues, female blues singers, and much more. Artists featured on the show include Jimmy Rushing, Josh White, James Blood Ulmer, Ernie Andrews, Lil Green, and Jeff Beck. Playlist Henry Threadgill ...


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Jon De Lucia: The Brubeck Octet Project

Read "The Brubeck Octet Project" reviewed by Chris May

Synchronicity is a wondrous thing. Item: At around the same time that Albert Ayler was developing his sound in the U.S.A., the Ethiopian tenor saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya was forging a strikingly similar one in Addis Ababa. Neither player had heard the other, and Mekurya had never heard any jazz at all. Feel the Force?


Article: Album Review

Tomasz Stanko Quartet: September Night

Read "September Night" reviewed by Chris May

How sorely Tomasz Stańko is missed. When he passed in 2018, his career had spanned practically the entire lifetime of homegrown Polish jazz, kicking off approximately with the Dave Brubeck Quartet's seminal tour of Poland in 1958, three years after the ban on jazz had been lifted by the country's ruling Communist Party. For Stańko, aged ...


News: Obituary

Michael Cuscuna: 1948-2024

Michael Cuscuna: 1948-2024

Michael Cuscuna, a titan in the world of jazz, passed away on April 20, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that will resonate for generations. Michael is survived by his wife Lisa, his children, Max and his wife Jackie, and Lauren, and two grandchildren, Nicolas and Penelope Cuscuna. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of ...


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Classic Meet Ups + Wayne Shorter Homages

Read "Classic Meet Ups + Wayne Shorter Homages" reviewed by David Brown

Tonight, we are looking at classic and contemporary “meet ups" between two soloists, or a soloist and group. “Mulligan Meets Hodges," “Basie & Zoot," “Roy and Diz," “Hargrove meets Miller," and many more. The show continues with a set of tributes to and works by Wayne Shorter form Melissa Aldana, Steph Richards, Thumbscrew and Kris Dais. ...


Article: Album Review

Anthony Braxton & Lee Konitz: Chess Match

Read "Chess Match" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Anthony Braxton and Lee Konitz were hardly strangers by the time they appeared together on Dave Brubeck's LP All The Things We Are (Atlantic), on the track “All The Things You Are." Prior to that 1974 session, the men had met, found common ground and planned to record together in Copenhagen, though that session evidently did ...


Article: Chats with Cats

Women in Jazz Media: Kim Cypher

Read "Women in Jazz Media: Kim Cypher" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

It is rare that a jazz musician is just a jazz musician. In order to survive you almost always have to have another gig, teach, or work in some auxiliary role to your music life. A musician who exemplifies this diversification is Kim Cypher, a saxophonist/vocalist based in the UK. Besides being a musician and composer, ...


Article: What is Jazz?

Back In The Groove: Material Matters

Read "Back In The Groove: Material Matters" reviewed by Tarik Townsend

An aspect of jazz that is often overlooked is the material. That is, the very tunes that the musicians are performing. Arguably more important than the key or the tempo, the song itself dictates where the musician's inspiration will go, and even that isn't always a sure thing. They're a launching pad and an indicator of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Before the Oscars: Part 1

Read "Jazz Before the Oscars: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

In a few days the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood will host the Academy Awards, and so we thought that it would be a lot of fun to come up with an episode of Mondo Jazz featuring exclusively tunes inspired by, dedicated to, or titled after movie stars (regardless of whether or not they have won any ...


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