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Eddie Duran

Eddie Duran was born 75 years ago in San Francisco into a musical family of Mexican heritage. “Our parents loved music and never objected to our following a musical career,” he says. Django Reinhardt was Eddie’s first inspiration, followed by Charlie Christian " “He was the big one for electric guitar in a jazz band” " Barney Kessel, Jimmy Raney and Tal Farlow, who like Eddie, were known for their bright swinging melodicism. Although he did take a year of lessons, Eddie considers himself and “ear player.” “Music is this spiritual and intangible thing, and you’ve got to feel it coming out of you.” He was a professional at the age of 15, and in the heyday of the San Francisco bebop scene, he played and recorded with such Fantasy stars as Vince Guaraldi, Red Norvo, and Cal Tjader, as well as with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz George Shearing, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Benny Goodman, Pearl Bailey and Barbara Streisand

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This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

This Holiday Season, All About Jazz is All About Guaraldi

Vast audiences were first introduced to jazz through a cartoon special about Charlie Brown's uneasy relationship with Christmas… And many more were attracted by the sound of the early cross-over hit, “Cast Your Fate To The Wind“… It's fair to say that composer/pianist Vince Guaraldi helped shape the landscape of popular jazz, bringing generations along with ...

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"Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi" Documentary Re-Discovers Long-Lost Jazz Treasures

"Anatomy Of Vince Guaraldi" Documentary Re-Discovers Long-Lost Jazz Treasures

More than 50 years ago, noted music critic Ralph J. Gleason took movie cameras into jazz legend Vince Guaraldi’s studio to capture the recording of “Cast Your Fate To The Wind” and the album Jazz Impressions Of Black Orpheus. These original films, forgotten in the Gleason family’s attic for decades, have been restored in high definition ...

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Weekend Extra: Eddie Duran

Weekend Extra: Eddie Duran

In 1980 when Benny Goodman appeared at the Aurex Jazz Festival in Tokyo, he called on Eddie Duran to solo on Duke Ellington’s “Prelude to a Kiss.” The video allows us an opportunity—far too rare—to see and hear the elegance of a guitarist whose vast experience includes playing with Charlie Parker, Cal Tjader, Stan Getz, Vince ...

Take Five With Dee Bell

Read "Take Five With Dee Bell" reviewed by Dee Bell

Meet Dee Bell: Dee Bell has three jazz albums that have all been at the top of the airplay charts. The most recent, Sagacious Grace (Laser Records) with Houston Person, was released in August 2011 and hit the JazzWeek charts at 31. Bell's debut album, Let There Be Love with Stan Getz on saxophone and ...

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Dee Bell releases "Sagacious Grace" with Houston Person, Al Plank, John Stowell, Michael Spiro, Colin Bailey and John Wiitala

Dee Bell releases "Sagacious Grace" with Houston Person, Al Plank, John Stowell, Michael Spiro, Colin Bailey and John Wiitala

Former Concord Jazz Recording Artist Dee Bell Moves to the Laser Label with the new album Sagacious Grace (Cat #0708). Available on CD Baby, Amazon, and ITunes as of 15 August 2011 Featuring Al Plank: piano; Houston Person: saxophone; John Stowell: guitar; Michael Spiro: percussion; Colin Bailey: drums; John Wiitala: bass. Praised by critics both abroad ...

Cal Tjader & Stan Getz: Sextet

Read "Cal Tjader & Stan Getz: Sextet" reviewed by Chris May

Cal Tjader / Stan GetzSextetOriginal Jazz Classics Remasters2011 (1958) The presence of Latin and Afro-Cuban enthusiast, vibraphonist Cal Tjader, has created a widespread misconception that Sextet was the album which sparked tenor saxophonist Stan Getz's fascination with Brazilian music and, ultimately, bossa nova. The notion has, over ...

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Allen Smith RIP

Allen Smith RIP

From San Francisco comes word that trumpeter Allen Smith died last week at the age of 85. Smith's musical career got underway at the same time as those of his San Francisco State College classmates Paul Desmond and Cal Tjader. He worked with both in various bands and with other Bay Area jazz mainstays, including guitarist ...

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Lin McPhillips: My Shining Hour

Read "My Shining Hour" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

San Francisco jazz singer Lin McPhillips throws elbows and says, “I'm here now" on My Shining Hour, her self-produced recording debut. McPhillips returns to performing after a nearly 20-year hiatus, following in the creative footsteps of other notable West Coast jazz musicians (Art Pepper, Frank Morgan, Ed Reed, and Hadley Caliman), without the attendant harrowing reasons ...

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Vince Guaraldi: The Definitive Vince Guaraldi

Read "The Definitive Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by David Rickert

Many of us were turned on to jazz before we even knew what it was, thanks to Vince Guaraldi. His soundtracks for the Peanuts television specials were a novel idea in cartoon scoring, yet seemed to perfectly fit the deceptively sophisticated adventures of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang. His originals were some ...


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