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Duke Ellington

By the time of his passing, he was considered amongst the world’s greatest composers and musicians. The French government honored him with their highest award, the Legion of Honor, while the government of the United States bestowed upon him the highest civil honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He played for the royalty and for the common people and by the end of his 50-year career, he had played over 20,000 performances worldwide. He was The Duke, Duke Ellington. Edward Kennedy Ellington was born into the world on April 29, 1899 in Washington, D.C. Duke’s parents, Daisy Kennedy Ellington and James Edward Ellington, served as ideal role models for young Duke, and taught him everything from proper table manners to an understanding of the emotional power of music

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Eric Ineke JazzXpress Featuring Tineke Postma At Bimhuis

Read "Eric Ineke JazzXpress Featuring Tineke Postma At Bimhuis" reviewed by Martin McFie

Eric Ineke JazzXpress featuring Tineke Postma Bimhuis Amsterdam, Holland September 5, 2020 Dutch drummer and bandleader Eric Ineke's JazzXpress featured Tineke Postma on her alto saxophone for a centenary celebration of Charlie Parker's fast, virtuoso bebop. Postma studied at the Amsterdam conservatory and the whole band is based locally. The ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Susie Meissner: I Wish I Knew

Read "I Wish I Knew" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Over the past decade and three previous recordings, Philadelphia-based vocalist Susie Meissner has crafted an intelligently conceived and thoughtfully paced survey of the Great American Songbook. Meissner's considerations of the standard jazz repertoire, in concert with pianist John Shaddy's sturdy arrangements and educated performance manner, have emerged, evolving from chaste and reverent beginnings, into rich and ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

August Birthdays

Read "August Birthdays" reviewed by Marc Cohn

August birthdays this week, celebrating the centennials of Charlie Parker, singer Jimmy Witherspoon and bassist George Duvivier. George only did one session as a leader for a French label, which I have never been able to find. So, we pair him with other August celebrants: Jimmy Rushing, Lester Young, Arnett Cobb and Art Farmer. We also ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Arturo O'Farrill: Four Questions

Read "Four Questions" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Surprisingly this set marks the first time Arturo O'Farrill has recorded a set of solely his own compositions. It was worth the wait because this music, played by his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, really demonstrates the cinematic sweep and variety of his writing. The set is constructed around two topical extended works. The first, ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

American Frederick Thomas: 'The Black Russian' Who Connected Jazz To The Margins Of Asia

Read "American Frederick Thomas: 'The Black Russian' Who Connected Jazz To The Margins Of Asia" reviewed by Arthur R George

The child of former slaves, Frederick Bruce Thomas' New York Times obituary called him “the sultan of jazz," for the jazz palace he founded in Constantinople (now jny: Istanbul) after World War I, a jazz borderland beyond even the music's early jny: Paris outpost. He was hosting bands in Constantinople in 1921 even before Louis Armstrong ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny Kotwitz & the L.A. Jazz Quintet: When Lights Are Low

Read "When Lights Are Low" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Imagine the following conversation: “Hi, my name is Kenny Kotwitz. I'm an accordionist and I want to record a centennial tribute to Art van Damme. Would you care to join me?" Okay, it probably didn't go down quite like that but the premise, in these days of rap, heavy metal, acid rock, new wave, bubblegum pop, ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Videos: Three Ellington Reeds

Videos: Three Ellington Reeds

Duke Ellington was a tonal impressionist. Each musician in his band had two functions—to be able to play and to have a special sound. Taken as a whole, his orchestral pieces were like canvases, with different hues layered on top of each other. Here are three of Ellington's top saxophonists on solo showcases, providing an opportunity ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Marvin Stamm: Team Player

Read "Marvin Stamm: Team Player" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Trumpeter Marvin Stamm is known for being part of a gazillion albums, having that ability to go into a studio and play exactly what's required, whether it's for a records by pop singers, jazz artists, Paul McCartney, Donny Hathaway or touring with Frank Sinatra. It's a reputation the highly skilled player earned with hard work.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alan Wakeman: The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979

Read "The Octet Broadcasts 1969 and 1979" reviewed by Chris May

Despite a perception fostered by the more breathless media coverage given to the young lions who have emerged on the London scene since the mid 2010s, an identifiably British strand of jazz did not kick off when Shabaka Hutchings' Sons Of Kemet released its debut album in 2013. The groundwork was laid back in the 1950s ...


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