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Born in 1943 and raised in Indiana, Gary Burton taught himself to play the vibraphone and, at the age of 17, made his recording debut in Nashville, Tennessee, with guitarists Hank Garland and Chet Atkins. Two years later, Burton left his studies at Berklee College of Music to join George Shearing and subsequently Stan Getz, with whom he worked from 1964-1966. As a member of Getz's quartet, Burton won Down Beat magazine's Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition award in 1965. By the time he left Getz to form his own quartet in 1967, Burton had also recorded three albums under his name for RCA

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Article: Interview

A Classic Jazz Curriculum with Label M's Joel Dorn

Read "A Classic Jazz Curriculum with Label M's Joel Dorn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


This article was first published at All About Jazz in April 2001. Ah, the classics. In every art form painting, literature, architecture, dance, music there are works which possess timeless beauty, works with themes that resonate emotionally across decades, through centuries, and are masterfully presented. Joel Dorn's name is indelibly written in ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Grammy Award Winning Producer Joel Dorn

Read "Meet Grammy Award Winning Producer Joel Dorn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


This article was first published at All About Jazz in 1997. The Song Remains The Same If you're a serious jazz fan, even if you're any kind of jazz fan at all, there's an excellent chance that in your collection you've got at least one piece of music that was produced by Joel Dorn. ...

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Article: Album Review

Alma Tree: Sonic Alchemy Suprema

Read "Sonic Alchemy Suprema" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


New York native Ra Kalam Bob Moses grew up in the same building as Max Roach, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Early on he saw performances by many of the best jazz drummers in history, including Roy Haynes, Rashied Ali, Milford Graves, Billy Higgins, and Ed Blackwell. As a teenager in the mid-1960s, he played with ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Homage To Artists Lost, Favorite 2023 Recordings Part I, Birthday Shoutouts To Toshiko Akiyoshi, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Edith Piaf & More

Read "Homage To Artists Lost, Favorite 2023 Recordings Part I, Birthday Shoutouts To Toshiko Akiyoshi, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Edith Piaf & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


The final broadcast of 2023 includes two new singles from Kayle Brecher and Carol McCann, Part I of my favorite recordings of 2023 with birthday shoutouts to Toshiko Akiyoshi, Kayle Brecher, Una Mae Carlisle, Rebecca Parris, Kerry Politzer, and Edith Piaf, among others plus a nod to some of the artists that left the planet this ...

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Article: Live Review

Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady At Scott's Jazz Club

Read "Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady At Scott's Jazz Club" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Tommy Halferty, Philippe Aerts, Kevin Brady Scott's Jazz Club jny:Belfast, N. Ireland December 1, 2023 The gentleman had arrived early to secure a table right in front of the stage, a fresh pint of Guinness settling nicely before him. He had seen guitarist Tommy Halferty before. The first time was in ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Meet Tubist Jim Shearer

Read "Meet Tubist Jim Shearer" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Jim Shearer Jim Shearer was born in Water Valley, Mississippi, in 1964. His family owned the local newspaper, The North Mississippi Herald, from 1943-2004, and his father was an active musician on the side, playing jazz saxophone and serving as Minister of Music at the family church (but never at the same time!). After spending ...

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News: Recording

Jazz Detective Launches Never Before Released Cal Tjader Live Sets Recorded In The 1960s At The Penthouse Jazz Club In Seattle

Jazz Detective Launches Never Before Released Cal Tjader Live Sets Recorded In The 1960s At The Penthouse Jazz Club In Seattle

THIS IS THE FIRST OFFICIAL RELEASE OF PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED LIVE CAL TJADER MUSIC IN NEARLY 20 YEARS! Transferred from the original tape reels and mastered for vinyl by Bernie Grundman, Cal Tjader: Catch The Groove – Live at the Penthouse 1963-1967 is presented as a 180-gram vinyl limited edition 3-LP SET and will also be available ...

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Article: Album Review

Cal Tjader: Catch The Groove: Live at the Penthouse 1963-1967

Read "Catch The Groove: Live at the Penthouse 1963-1967" reviewed by Troy Dostert


It would be unusual to hear vibraphonist Cal Tjader mentioned alongside the all-time greats on his instrument. He is not remembered for being a fearless improviser like Bobby Hutcherson, or as deeply soulful as Milt Jackson, or as hard-swinging a presence as Lionel Hampton. Moreover, one will search in vain in his biography for the hard-fought ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Carla Bley: A View from her Hill, Part 1

Read "Carla Bley: A View from her Hill, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We could spend hours talking about the many things that made Carla Bley unique, and made her passing a huge loss for the jazz world. This week we decided to focus on her songbook, as interpreted by many of the peers that admired her work. Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash ...


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