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Dodo Marmarosa

A piano wunderkind who was for about a decade one of the most sought-after pianists in the history of jazz, yet has remained in relative obscurity. Dodo was born Michael Marmarosa, on 6 December 1925, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After formal studies and gigging with local bands, in 1941, the Johnny "Scat" Davis Orchestra came to Pittsburgh with an opening for a piano player. Even as a kid, Marmarosa had a reputation in local jazz circles, and some local musicians suggested that Davis snatch up the young pianist, so he hit the road. He was 15. After a few months, the orchestra broke up

Birth Of Bebop - Celebrating Bird At 100

Label: ezz-thetics
Released: 2020
Track listing: Savoy Sessions:- Billie's Bounce; Thriving From A Riff; Koko; Meandering; Donna Lee; Cheryl; Buzzy; Another Hair Do; Bluebird; Klaunstance; BirdGets The Worm; Barbados; Constellation; Parker’s Mood; Parker’s Mood (AT-2); Marmaduke; Steeplechase; Merry Go Round; A Night In Tunisia; Dizzy Atmosphere; Groovin’ High; Confirmation; Koko; Dial Sessions:- Moose The Mooche; Yardbird Suite; Ornithology; A Night In Tunisia; Bird’s Nest; Cool Blues; Relaxin’ At Camarillo; Dexterity; Bongo Bop; Dewey Square; The Hymn; Bird Of Paradise; Embraceable You; Bird Feathers; Klact-oveeseds-tene; Scrapple From The Apple; My Old Flame; Out Of Nowhere; Don’t Blame Me; Drifting On A Reed; Quasimodo; Charlie’s Wig; Bongo Beep; Crazeology.

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Jazz on Central Avenue - Bebop in Los Angeles (1945 - 1948)

Read "Jazz on Central Avenue - Bebop in Los Angeles (1945 - 1948)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Most of the pioneering bebop musicians we have featured in the past several programs were based in New York—Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Bud Powell, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson, Max Roach. While New York may have dominated the modern music scene, it wasn't the only scene. The wartime economy in southern California brought an influx of ...

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Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?

Read "Erik Friedlander: A Little Cello?" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Normally lumped into the 'miscellaneous instruments' category of jazz awards, the cello has been something of a bit player in the colorful history of jazz. That said, today there are arguably more cellists in jazz and contemporary improvised music--and some extraordinary ones at that--than ever before. One of the best known cellists is undoubtedly Erik Friedlander, ...

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Discovering Wardell Gray: An Interview with Biographer Richard Carter

Read "Discovering Wardell Gray: An Interview with Biographer Richard Carter" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 [This is one of two interviews and an article intended to bring readers' attention to the under-recognized tenor saxophonist, Wardell Gray, whose brief career spanned the transition from swing to bebop and whose life was cut short by sudden and tragic circumstances.] Richard Carter ...

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Why the World Should Remember Wardell Gray

Read "Why the World Should Remember Wardell Gray" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 [This article is a commentary to accompany All About Jazz interviews about Wardell Gray with filmmaker Abraham Ravett and biographer Richard Carter, all of which are intended to bring readers' attention to this outstanding but under-recognized tenor saxophonist whose brief career spanned the transition from swing ...

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Artie Shaw: Classic Bluebird and Victor Sessions

Read "Artie Shaw: Classic Bluebird and Victor Sessions" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Artie ShawClassic Bluebird and Victor SessionsMosaic Records2009Shortly after its critically acclaimed box set comprising clarinetist Benny Goodman's essential recordings-- The Columbia and Okeh Benny Goodman Orchestra Sessions (2009), which was released to coincide with the centenary of the “King of Swing"--Mosaic Records has done it again. The Classic ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Dodo Marmarosa: Troubled Pianist Made Brief But Lasting Impact On Jazz

Dodo Marmarosa: Troubled Pianist Made Brief But Lasting Impact On Jazz

Michael “Dodo" Marmarosa was a reclusive personality who flitted in and out of jazz history after making an initial but lasting impact as one of the progenitors of bebop in the mid to late 1940s. He was said to have been a prodigiously gifted child at the piano in his native Pittsburgh, where his school mates ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa: Legendary jazz pianist

Michael "Dodo" Marmarosa: Legendary jazz pianist

Michael “Dodo" Marmarosa, a piano wunderkind who was for about a decade one of the most sought-after pianists in the history of jazz, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 76. For the past few years, Mr. Marmarosa was a resident at the VA Medical Center in Lincoln Lemington, where he occasionally played piano ...


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