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Earl Bostic

Bostic's distinctive style, strong on the sax and heavy on the beat, was quite successful in the rhythm and blues market in the 1950s. One of the few jazz musicians of his generation with formal training, Bostic studied composition at Xavier University in New Orleans in the early 1930s, and then spent several years performing with territory bands in the Midwest as well as with Fate Marable, who led one of the last Mississippi riverboat bands. His reputation as a superb instrumentalist earned him an invitation to come to New York City, where he played with Hot Lips Page and Lionel Hampton

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jimmy Cobb: We're Remembering U

Read "Jimmy Cobb: We're Remembering U" reviewed by Scott H. Thompson

Drummer Jimmy Cobb was a 91-year old NEA Jazz Master who was (until recently) still playing hard and keeping the groove with his trio consisting of Tadataka Unno on piano and Paolo Benedettini on drums. Remembering U (his 12th album as a leader and first release on his own Jimmy Cobb World label) was released in ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Joe Lovano, Earl Bostic, GoGo Penguin and More

Read "Joe Lovano, Earl Bostic, GoGo Penguin and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

Modern jazz legend Joe Lovano talks about the new COVID-19 world and so much more as we tailor our hour of jazz around his sound. We also profile the Kansas City group Guitar Elation and new material from GoGo Penguin. Dig. Playlist Joe Lovano “Seeds of Change" Trio Tapestry (ECM Records) 00:00 Host talks ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mackenzie Horne

Gary Bartz Liberty Avenue Stage Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival Pittsburgh, PA June 23, 2010 The 2019 Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival featured a heavyweight lineup of world-renowned saxophone players, including Charles Lloyd, Nubya Garcia, and Gary Bartz. Bartz was scheduled to perform selections from Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The NJE: Afloat

Read "Afloat" reviewed by Gareth Thompson

When a jazz act takes on Jimi Hendrix, you know they do not lack for confidence. Are they experienced? They certainly are, for The NJE (Near Jazz Experience) is led by saxophonist Terry Edwards, whose many credits include Keziah Jones, Tom Waits and P J Harvey. The NJE trio tackles Hendrix's “Voodoo Child" with ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazzkaar 2017

Read "Jazzkaar 2017" reviewed by Martin Longley

Jazzkaar 2017 Tallinn, Estonia April 21-30, 2017 Jazzkaar covers most territories. This exceptional 10-day festival presents the best players on the indigenous Estonian scene, imports big-name acts from the USA, and also invites some choice artists from around the rest of Europe. Some shows represent jazz in mainstream mode, whilst ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Earl Bostic: Alto-tude

Earl Bostic: Alto-tude

From Earl Bostic's first record date in 1939 with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra on Haven't Named It Yet , it was clear that the alto saxophonist was different. There was a sharp eagerness in his alto saxophone, a jumping swing feel at age 27 that was fresh and aggressive. He was a natural storyteller on the ...

ARTICLE: BOOK REVIEW

Whisper Not: The Autobiography Of Benny Golson

Read "Whisper Not: The Autobiography Of Benny Golson" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Whisper Not Benny Golson and Jim Merod 335 Pages ISBN: 9781439913338 Temple University Press 2016 jny: Philadelphia has always been a cradle for outstanding jazz talent, though when it comes to durability surely none can match Benny Golson, who began playing seventy years ago. At 87, Golson--an NEA ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sax Gordon: In the Wee Small Hours

Read "In the Wee Small Hours" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Le esibizioni spettacolari da honker anni '40 lo hanno reso famoso al pubblico del blues ma gli amanti del jazz hanno gusti raffinati e non gli prestano molta attenzione. In questo disco, inciso in Italia con Alberto Marsico e Alessandro Minetto, Sax Gordon si mostra però ligio alla tradizione jazzistica del tenore, ampliando il suo campo ...


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