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Gene Ammons

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Eugene "Jug" Ammons was a jazz tenor saxophone player, and the son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons. Ammons began to gain recognition when he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax band in 1943, at the age of 18. He became a member of the Billy Eckstine and Woody Herman bands in 1944 and 1949 respectively, and then in 1950 formed a duet with Sonny Stitt. His later career was interrupted by two prison sentences for narcotics possession, the first from 1958 to 1960, the second from 1962 to 1969. Ammons and Von Freeman were the founders of the Chicago School of tenor saxophone. His style of playing showed influences from Lester Young as well as Ben Webster

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Article: Book Review

Easily Slip Into Another World: A Life In Music

Read "Easily Slip Into Another World: A Life In Music" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Easily Slip Into Another World: A Life In Music Henry Threadgill and Brent Hayes Edwards403 pagesISBN: #9781524749071Alfred A. Knopf 2023 Describing Easily Slip Into Another World: A Life In Music as an autobiography of a jazz musician misses the mark by a wide margin. Better to say ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Interviews With Pianist Steve Denny and Singer Charlie Fox

Read "Interviews With Pianist Steve Denny and Singer Charlie Fox" reviewed by Steven Roby


This broadcast of Backstage Jazz features an interview with jazz pianist Steve Denny and multi-genre singer Charlie Fox. We'll also hear from Wayne Shorter, Gene Ammons, and Bria Skonberg. Steve Denny has applied his expansive versatility as a pianist, composer, and educator to the realms of jazz, classical, R&B, gospel, and beyond. He was ...

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Article: The Vinyl Post

Que Viva La Musica

Read "Que Viva La Musica" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Much has been made about the making of a hybrid style involving Latin music and jazz strains that was established by Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo in the late '40s. However, the ripples of those early experiments would reach far and wide for subsequent decades, even if the casual listener might have been largely unaware of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Eddie Harris: Harmonic Genius

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Long underrated in the pantheon of jazz greats, Eddie Harris (born 1943; died 1996) was an eclectic and imaginative saxophonist whose career was marked by a hearty appetite for experimentation. For quite some time, he was far more popular with audiences than with critics, many of whom denigrated him for his jazz-pop, rock-and funk- influenced fusion, ...

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Article: Album Review

Anthony E. Nelson Jr.: Swinging Sunset

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Swinging Sunset, New Jersey-based tenor saxophonist Anthony E. Nelson Jr.'s fifth album on his Musicstand label, is an unpretentious, undemanding and utterly enjoyable celebration of the organ trios of the 1950s and 1960s. From the first bars of the opener, Eddie Heywood's “Canadian Sunset," it feels like we are in for a good time and, over ...

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Article: Interview

Wayne Escoffery: Still Forging Ahead

Read "Wayne Escoffery: Still Forging Ahead" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery has a long, ongoing association with the Mingus Big Band organization, including a Grammy for Mingus Big Band Live at Jazz Standard (Jazz Workshop, Inc., Sue Mingus Music, 2010). His career also includes a special relationship with trumpeter Tom Harrell, with whom he has played for many years. All that is enough to ...

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Article: Album Review

Mike Allen: To a Star

Read "To a Star" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If you're a tenor saxophonist leading a piano-less trio, much of the group's melodic and harmonic components rest squarely on your shoulders. In spite of that--or perhaps because of it--Canadian tenor Mike Allen says he prefers working within that framework, as he has been doing for many years. If that is one's choice, ...

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Article: Book Review

L'autobiografia di Henry Threadgill in primo piano

Read "L'autobiografia di Henry Threadgill in primo piano" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Easily Slip into Another World Henry Threadgill, Brent Hayes Edwards 402 pagine ISBN: # 9781524749071 Knopf 2023 D'imminente pubblicazione, l'autobiografia di Henry Threadgill è destinata a lasciare il segno entro il mondo del jazz, nella cultura statunitense e nella musica contemporanea in generale. È un testo ...

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News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Ammons

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gene Ammons

All About Jazz is celebrating Gene Ammons' birthday today! Eugene “Jug" Ammons was a jazz tenor saxophonist, and the son of boogie-woogie pianist Albert Ammons. Ammons began to gain recognition when he went on the road with trumpeter King Kolax band in 1943, at the age of 18. He became a member of the Billy Eckstine ...


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