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Bassist Earl May, began his career in 1949 in New York City, and honed his craft in places like Minton's Playhouse with musicians such as Lester Young and Mercer Ellington. He was also a protegé of the legendary bass player Charles Mingus. Come hear the tales of Earl May's life story and career in music on August 23rd at the offices of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. In 1951 Earl joined the Billy Taylor Trio, appearing regularly in such clubs as the Hickory House, Birdland and the Downbeat Club. During this period Earl also worked with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and recorded the classic "Lush Life" with John Coltrane. Earl left the Billy Taylor Trio in 1959 to form his own group and act as musical director and arranger for Gloria Lynne

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chet Baker: Chet

Read "Chet" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the early 1950s, the rural Oklahoman Chet Baker established prominent connections in the jazz world; gigs with Charlie Parker and Stan Getz led to his first recordings. The trappings of both musicians' circles were dusted with heroin and Baker's career breaks coincided with his introduction to the disease that would stifle his musical development and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Denny Zeitlin: Balancing Act

Read "Denny Zeitlin:  Balancing Act" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Denny Zeitlin is a true Renaissance man with many interests, in addition to balancing his careers in medicine and music. Although his medical practice and teaching have limited his abilities to tour beyond brief trips east or playing near his home in California, he has recorded regularly in recent years, releasing a variety of projects for ...

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Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1973

Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1973

In August 1973, the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet went into Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London for a two-week stay. Gillespie was backed by Al Gafa on guitar, Mike Longo on piano, Earl May on electric bass and Mickey Roker on drums. The gig was recorded by the club, one assumes. The results have been issued on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kanji Ohta & The Jazz Family with Jimmy Heath: Our Jazz Family

Read "Our Jazz Family" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The music that appears on Our Jazz Family was meant to serve as an aural commemorative keepsake-of-sorts. Pianists Kanji Ohta and Toshiko Kiryu celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary by putting on a concert with their family and friends in 2002. The concert was recorded and kept as a private memento at first, but ten years later, ...

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Concord Original jazz Classics Remasters: Monk, Evans, Adderley, Montgomery, Baker and More

Concord Original jazz Classics Remasters: Monk, Evans, Adderley, Montgomery, Baker and More

Concord Music Group will release five new titles in its Original Jazz Classics Remasters series on July 23, 2013. Enhanced by 24-bit remastering by Joe Tarantino, several bonus tracks on nearly each disc (some previously unreleased) and new liner notes providing historical context to the original material, the series celebrates the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records, ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Rare Dizzy Gillespie Live Recording Discovered

Rare Dizzy Gillespie Live Recording Discovered

You Won't Believe It! A Fantastic Never Before Released Dizzy Gillespie Recording Has Been Discovered That Will Leave You Breathless As It Captures Dizzy At His Best In Front Of A Live Audience! New York, NY—Jazz fans will be delighted when they hear these fabulous recordings of the Dizzy Gillespie Quintet, recorded live at Ronnie Scott's ...

Take Five With Antoinette Montague

Read "Take Five With Antoinette Montague" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Antoinette Montague:Antoinette Montague likes to say she simply sings “people music." Make no mistake about it, she is a jazz singer through and through, but one who pushes the genre's boundaries. On her new recording, Behind the Smile, Montague sings classic jazz standards (new and old), resurrects lovely-but-obscure melodies, blends in blues and ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mickey Roker: You Never Lose the Blues

Read "Mickey Roker: You Never Lose the Blues" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Drummer Mickey Roker is a mainstay and icon of the jazz world, having a played with Dizzy Gillespie, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Lee Morgan, and many of the other signature groups of modern jazz. Yet he has always maintained his Philadelphia roots, and is and has been a regular at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus in that ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roni Ben-Hur: Fortuna

Read "Fortuna" reviewed by J Hunter

The most famous lyric from Charlie Chaplin's bittersweet song “Smile" is, “Smile, though your heart is aching/Smile, even though it's breaking." Roni Ben-Hur knows that methodology, and how: Smile (Motema, 2008), Ben-Hur's benefit disc with fellow guitarist Gene Bertoncini, was originally conceived as a duet with Ben-Hur's longtime bassist Earl May, who died before recording began. ...


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