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Dick Wellstood

One of the two great stride pianists (along with Ralph Sutton) to emerge during the 1940s when members of their generation were generally playing bebop, Wellstood kept an open mind toward later styles (he loved Monk) while sounding at his best playing classic jazz. A little more subtle than Sutton, Wellstood was also a powerful pianist who was a superb interpreter of the music of James P. Johnson and his contemporaries. He came to New York with Bob Wilber's Wildcats in 1946 and caught on in the trad jazz scene quickly. By 1947 he was playing with Sidney Bechet, and in the 1950s he mostly worked with veteran players including trumpeters Roy Eldridge, Rex Stewart, and Charlie Shavers and the Eddie Condon gang

Judy Carmichael: All Taken in Stride

Read "Judy Carmichael: All Taken in Stride" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood to Harlem Judy Carmichael 276 Pages ISBN: # 978-1979764414 CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2017 Pianist and vocalist Judy Carmichael is a jazz girl who has been performing professionally for nearly 40 years. In her memoir Swinger! A Jazz Girl's Adventures from Hollywood ...

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Every Now and Den

Read "Every Now and Den" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

It's been so long since the last Den that it should perhaps be renamed, “Every Now and Den." But here I am with some of the events that stand out from the past five months or so, not necessarily in chronological order.I've never missed the annual Satchmo Summerfest in New Orleans, and the August ...

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Unplugged Jazz With Guitarist Marty Grosz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Unplugged Jazz With Guitarist Marty Grosz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Riverwalk Jazz this week features a giant of jazz rhythm guitar—Marty Grosz. His career spans over 60 years. Equal parts showman, jazz scholar and raconteur, Marty is a virtuoso in a playing style that’s both timeless and so far off the radar it’s all but lost in today’s music world. The program is distributed in the ...

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Remembering Ralph Sutton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Remembering Ralph Sutton This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

In an encore presentation this week, Riverwalk Jazz presents pianist Ralph Sutton’s 2000 visit to The Landing in San Antonio with The Jim Cullum Jazz Band. Between tunes, Sutton talked with host David Holt about his early experiences and influences and how he came to join Jack Teagarden’s band. Longtime Jim Cullum Jazz Band pianist John ...

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A Swell Farewell...and Onward

Read "A Swell Farewell...and Onward" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

On April 13, Rutgers University-Newark threw a swell party for me on the occasion of my retirement as director of the Institute of Jazz Studies. I won't go into the social and musical details here, but do want to thank all my friends who showed up, and the many others who sent regrets--notably Sonny Rollins, whose ...

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Caravan

Featuring the music of Dick Wellstood
Duration: 3:36

Solo piano by Dick Wellstood at a 1982 concert in Germany.

Uptown & Lowdown

Label: Prestige Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Yacht Club Swing/ Brush Lightly/ Blook

Dick Wellstood: Live At Hanratty's

Label: Chiaroscuro Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Cha Cha For Charlie; I Wish I Were Twins; Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You; Quincy Street Stomp; Barbara Song; How Could I Be Blue?; Georgia Cabin/Ghost of the Blues; Ain't Misbehavin'; Deed I Do/Georgia On My Mind/Don't Let It Bother You; I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket; Looking At You/You've Been A Good Ole Wagon; Runnin' Wild; So In Love; Everybody Loves My Baby; A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody; Cornet Chop Suey; My Shining Hour. (70:41)


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