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Born in Pittsburgh in 1921 (Sy Johnson's biographical note in The Erroll Garner Songbook has June 15, 1923 as Garner's birthdate), Errol Garner started playing piano at the age of two (three according to Johnson). He never learned to read music, probably because it was never a necessity for him. He learned to play the 'novelty' styles of Zez Confrey and others from listening to 78 records, a style which used steady left hand chord rhythms to support very free right-hand melodic interpretations. This provided a perfect basis for the hard-swinging jazz style that Garner was to pioneer. At the age of seven, Garner began appearing on radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh with a group called the Candy Kids, and by the age of eleven he was playing on the Allegheny riverboats

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Article: Album Review

Craig Davis: Tone Paintings

Read "Tone Paintings" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The subtitle of pianist Craig Davis' second album, Tone Paintings, is “The Music of Dodo Marmarosa." For those who may be inclined to ask, “Dodo who?" the album offers a mini-biography of Pittsburgh-born Michael (Dodo) Marmarosa, an exceptionally talented pianist whose promising early career was cut short by the crushing weight of mental and emotional problems ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Beatles, Popin’ Jazz

Read "Beatles, Popin’ Jazz" reviewed by David Brown


There are two things I've always avoided in my explorations of the music. Beatles covers and Christmas jazz. But lately, I've noticed that Beatle jazz has been accumulating in the collection and I'm having a hard time ignoring it. So tonight, let's explore a bunch of Lennon/McCartney tunes as well as other pop tunes of the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night

Read "Cool and Groovy Vibes for a Hot Summer Night" reviewed by David Brown


This week, a cool and groovy mix for a hot summer night. Sets with string quartets, vibraphone vibes, burning roller-coaster rides, and dancing with ants in your pants. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club--Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Valaida Snow “I Can't Dance" from Valaida Snow 1933-1936 (The Classics Chronological Series ...

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Article: Interview

Meeco: Keeping It Real

Read "Meeco: Keeping It Real" reviewed by Chris May


The Berlin-based producer and composer Meeco has a niche but devoted following, built up over a series of romantically inclined and elegant albums released between 2009 and 2014. The discs, which have pronounced Latin flavours, are Amargo Mel (Connector, 2009), Perfume E Caricias (Connector, 2010), Beauty Of The Night (Connector, 2012) and Souvenirs Of Love (Double ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Erroll Garner

Jazz Musician of the Day: Erroll Garner

All About Jazz is celebrating Erroll Garner's birthday today! Born in Pittsburgh in 1921 (Sy Johnson's biographical note in The Erroll Garner Songbook has June 15, 1923 as Garner's birthdate), Errol Garner started playing piano at the age of two (three according to Johnson). He never learned to read music, probably because it was never a ...

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Take Five with Carlos Barba

Read "Take Five with Carlos Barba" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Carlos Barba Carlos Barba is an active performer, composer, educator, arranger, improvisor, producer, and multi-instrumentalist residing in El Paso, TX. He has recorded seven full-length albums as leader, two as sideman (Juan Pedro Macias Trio & Gabriel Balderas Quartet), two E.P./minidiscs, and two singles. The Carlos Barba Trio had the opportunity of opening for Antonio ...

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Article: Album Review

Diego Figueiredo: Follow the Signs

Read "Follow the Signs" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Grammy-nominated Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo is considered to be one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. A classically-trained musician influenced by Brazilian masters Joao Gilberto and Baden Powell, he has also integrated the styles of American guitarists George Benson, Pat Metheny and the great Joe Pass into his playing. Figueiredo has recorded almost thirty ...

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Diego Figuieredo: Follow the Signs

Read "Follow the Signs" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Latin allure, anyone? Follow the Signs is a wonderful salute by guitarist Diego Figueiredo to the sunny and rhythmic music of Brazil, comprising an album of themes much like those he came of age listening to in his hometown of Franca, about four hours north of Sao Paulo. To carry out his plan, Figueiredo amplifies his ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Raining Cats And... Even More Cats!

Read "Raining Cats And... Even More Cats!" reviewed by H William Stine


I wanted to do a special show for a special audience who never choose to listen to the show but listen to the show nearly every week, often sitting in someone's lap or, more likely, sitting in exactly the chair someone else wants to sit in. So I dedicated the show to all the cats who ...


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