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Doug Raney

Doug Raney is the son of the famed jazz guitarist Jimmy Raney. His first interest in the guitar began at the age of fourteen, not with jazz, but with rock guitarists Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. He eventually began to listen to some of his fathers recordings and then took informal lessons with Barry Galbraith. Raney attributes his development into a serious jazz performer after he had the opportunity to sit in with pianist Al Haig at Gregory's club in New York. In 1977 Raney joined his father for a series of club and concert dates in New York. They went on to play in some of the major cities of Europe. It was soon obvious that Doug Raney was a great jazz guitar talent in his own right

Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In

Read "Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In" reviewed by Chris May

Chet Baker was born to a farmer's daughter and a hard-drinking, weed-smoking singer and guitarist in a Western Swing band in Yale, Oklahoma in 1929. Like many Okies, the family fared badly during the Great Depression but did a little better after moving to Glendale, California in 1939. Largely self-taught as a trumpeter, Baker honed his ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Doug Raney: Best for Last

Doug Raney: Best for Last

For some reason, the best jazz albums are impossible to find—at sane prices, of course. There are plenty of mediocre ones out there—and many are re-issued over and over and over again through the years. But the real gems seem to disappear fast, and I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's because they're recorded by smaller labels ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Jon Raney on Doug Raney

Jon Raney on Doug Raney

Doug Raney (1956-2016), a son of guitar legend Jimmy Raney and a brilliant lyrical guitarist in his own right who lived in Denmark for much of his career, died of heart failure in jny: Copenhagen on May 1, according to his brother Jon. He was 59. Many jazz fans in the States are unfamiliar with Raney, ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Doug Raney: Phantom Guitarist

Doug Raney: Phantom Guitarist

When talk turns to the finest guitarists of the post-war years, Jimmy Raney often is overlooked. So is his son, Doug. Jimmy Raney was born in jny: Louisville, Ky., in 1927, and watched his mother play guitar in the 1930s. Raney studied with guitarist Hayden Causey, eventually replacing him in Jerry Wald's band, where he made ...

Take Five With Thomas Winther Andersen

Read "Take Five With Thomas Winther Andersen" reviewed by Thomas Winther Andersen

Meet Thomas Winther Andersen:Originally from Norway, Thomas Winther Andersen now lives in Amsterdam. At 13, he began playing electric bass, and after a few years his love for jazz became so strong that he decided to switch instruments and learn to play upright bass. Thomas studied music at the Amsterdam Conservatory from 1988 to ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

Read "Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bernt Rosengren Big Band: Bernt Rosengren Big Band with Horace Parlan piano, Doug Raney guitar

Read "Bernt Rosengren Big Band with Horace Parlan piano, Doug Raney guitar" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Swedish saxophonist Bernt Rosengren had already made his mark in various small group settings by the time he turned his attention to building a big band in the mid '70s. His tenor had captured the attention of many an ear in director Roman Polanski's Knife In The Water (Zespol, 1962), and his work with trumpeter Thad ...

John (and Bucky) Pizzarelli: First CD with Paul McCartney

Read "John (and Bucky) Pizzarelli: First CD with Paul McCartney" reviewed by Fradley Garner

John--and Bucky--Pizzarelli's First CD with Paul McCartneyKisses on the Bottom (Hear Music, 2012), the album of vocal standards Paul McCartney always wanted to make with The Beatles, is the knighted bassist/singer's first release in nearly five years. Diana Krall and members of the pianist-arranger's band back him on most tracks. The New York Times ...

Take Five with Assaf Kehati

Read "Take Five with Assaf Kehati" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Assaf Kehati:Israeli/Bostonian jazz guitarist Assaf Kehati has been performing with legendary drummer Billy Hart and up-and-coming bassist Noam Wiesenberg for the past two years. For a recent Regattabar concert, Kehati's trio expanded to a quartet after renowned saxophonist Eli Degibri (Al Foster's Band) joined the group. The quartet plays both Kehati's and Hart's ...


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