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Article: Album Review

Richard Nixon & Spiro Agnew: Dick & Spiro Play Duke & Billy

Read "Dick & Spiro Play Duke & Billy" reviewed by Ken Dryden


Anyone who has read much history probably knows that President Richard Nixon once serenaded ex-President Harry Truman during a White House visit by playing “Missouri Waltz" on the piano in his honor (he was unaware that Truman hated the song). But history buffs may overlook that Nixon's Vice President, Spiro Agnew also played piano and was ...

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Article: New York Beat

More from Clifford Brown

Read "More from Clifford Brown" reviewed by Nick Catalano


Ever since I wrote the biography of Clifford Brown (Oxford University Press, 2000) I've been hoping that someone would come forth with some newly discovered recording, some new photos of Brownie, or some new piece of information about his life that wasn't available at the time the book was published. One of the great bonuses of ...

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Article: Book Excerpts

Paul Desmond: Take Ten

Read "Paul Desmond: Take Ten" reviewed by Doug Ramsey


This article appears in Chapter 28 of Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond by Doug Ramsey (Parkside Publications, 2005). When Desmond had time off from the Brubeck group, he was likely to be recording under his own name. Beginning with the first Desmond Blue session, he and Jim Hall ...

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Article: Podcast

Doug Ramsey: Rifftides

Read "Doug Ramsey: Rifftides" reviewed by Jason Crane


Doug Ramsey is a broadcast and print journalist with an extensive background in jazz writing. He is the author of several books, including Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond, for which he won an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. He has contributed to JazzTimes since 1975 and, before that, wrote regularly for Down ...


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