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George Gershwin

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George Gershwin was born Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn in 1898, the second of four children from a close-knit immigrant family. He began his musical career as a song-plugger on Tin Pan Alley, but was soon writing his own pieces. Gershwin's first published song, "When You Want ‘Em, You Can't Get ‘Em," demonstrated innovative new techniques, but only earned him five dollars. Soon after, however, he met a young lyricist named Irving Ceaser. Together they composed a number of songs including "Swanee," which sold more than a million copies. In the same year as "Swanee," Gershwin collaborated with Arthur L

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Gershwin's Magic Key

Label: Classical Kids LIVE!
Released: 2021
Track listing: Tin Pan Newsboy; THE George Gershwin; Find Your Key; Mind of a Composer; The American Chorus; Voice of the American Soul; Music Unites Us All; A Composer's Best Friend; Show Em What We Got; Musical Kaleidoscope of American; The Title Comes Last.

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News: Recording

Platinum-Selling Classical Kids Releases First New Album In 20 Years 'Gershwin's Magic Key'

In work Billboard lauds as “one of the most completely wondrous examples of children’s entertainment… ever,” multi-award winning and Platinum selling non-profit Classical Kids LIVE! present their newest studio recording, Gershwin’s Magic Key—available now! It’s ‘Extra, extra! Read all about it!’ as audiences step into the streets of 1920s New York as a newspaper boy has ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Andrea Balestra: A Rich Sicilian Odyssey

Read "Andrea Balestra:  A Rich Sicilian Odyssey" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Guitarist Andrea Balestra makes a cerebral investment with every note he plays and with all of his compositions. A lot of guitarists like to jam. Balestra isn't one of them. Substance is preferred over droning speed. His highly intensified music is born of traditional Italian music...being from Sicily perhaps a factor...a deep integration of blues, a ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Chick Corea: In The Present Tense

Read "Chick Corea: In The Present Tense" reviewed by Jim Worsley


This article was originally published at All About Jazz on November 12, 2020. RIP, Chick. What can you say about music icon Chick Corea that hasn't already been said? His past, his career has been honored, dissected, and revered. As it should be. A composer and pianist of unparalleled skills and accomplishments, Corea's place ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Young Quartet: Ides Of March

Read "Ides Of March" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Maybe the finest compliment you can bestow on an individual in our COVID-19 times is that he/she is a solid citizen, someone who takes it upon themselves to protect others from the dangers of this horrible virus. What does this have to do with the music of bassist/bandleader Dave Young? First, it is fundamental that all ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In

Read "Chet Baker: An Alternative Top Ten Albums To Get Lost In" reviewed by Chris May


Chet Baker was born to a farmer's daughter and a hard-drinking, weed-smoking singer and guitarist in a Western Swing band in Yale, Oklahoma in 1929. Like many Okies, the family fared badly during the Great Depression but did a little better after moving to Glendale, California in 1939. Largely self-taught as a trumpeter, Baker honed his ...

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Article: Live Review

Eric Ineke JazzXpress Featuring Tineke Postma At Bimhuis

Read "Eric Ineke JazzXpress Featuring Tineke Postma At Bimhuis" reviewed by Martin McFie


Eric Ineke JazzXpress featuring Tineke Postma Bimhuis Amsterdam, Holland September 5, 2020 Dutch drummer and bandleader Eric Ineke's JazzXpress featured Tineke Postma on her alto saxophone for a centenary celebration of Charlie Parker's fast, virtuoso bebop. Postma studied at the Amsterdam conservatory and the whole band is based locally. The ...

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Article: Album Review

Chick Corea: Plays

Read "Plays" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


As we huddle and binge on our national and moral failings, having as buoyant and engaging an artist come into our homes, as Chick Corea does on Plays, is simply a great, beautiful thing, and one of the core reasons that, even in the face of the daily ire, the majority of us hold tight the ...


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