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Gerry Mulligan grew up in Philadelphia and first learned piano, which he played occasionally. While in his teens, he wrote arrangements for Johnny Warrington's radio band (1944) and played reed instruments professionally. After moving to New York in 1946, he joined Gene Krupa's big band as staff arranger, attracting attention with his Disc Jockey Jump (1947). He then became involved with the nascent cool-jazz movement in New York, taking part in the performances (1948) and recording sessions (1949-50) of Miles Davis' nonet and contributing scores to the big bands of Elliot Lawrence and Claude Thornhill

Article: Radio

Tony Tixier, David Larsen, Charlie Mariano, Miles Donahue and more!

Read "Tony Tixier, David Larsen, Charlie Mariano, Miles Donahue and more!" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 709th Episode of Neon Jazz with the talented Paris-based Tony Tixier with new material off his latest 2020 album I am Human. He has a history with many Kansas City musicians and is a great fit to begin a new episode featuring music from brilliant young cats. We also profile new music from ...

News: Obituary

Elliot Lawrence: 1925-2021

Elliot Lawrence: 1925-2021

Elliot Lawrence, one of the last surviving big band leaders of the late 1940s and early 1950s who employed many of the finest and most sophisticated New York jazz musicians who went went on to leadership careers in the LP era, died on July 2. He was 96. In 1960, Elliot began composing, arranging and conducting ...

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Article: Album Review

JC Sanford: Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1

Read "Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trombone-led trios are few and far between, but Minnesota-based JC Sanford, a protégé of the late great Bob Brookmeyer, gives it a go with bassist Jeff Bailey and drummer Phil Hey on Imminent Standards Trio Vol. 1, whose title does not derive from imminent, as in “soon-to-be," but as in “Imminent Brewing," the trio's monthly performing ...

Article: Interview

Dino Piana: un altro giro di Blues

Read "Dino Piana: un altro giro di Blues" reviewed by Paolo Marra


A 91 anni Dino Piana ha ancora voglia di suonare come quando da bambino lo faceva con un pezzo di legno sullo scalino di casa--"non potrei stare un giorno senza suonare, starei male perché ho bisogno di esprimermi" così ci dice il trombonista piemontese nell'intervista che abbiamo realizzato in occasione dell'uscita del suo nuovo disco Al ...

News: Recording

Getz Meets Mulligan in Hi-Fi

Getz Meets Mulligan in Hi-Fi

There's a cross-dressing quality about the first three tracks on Getz Meets Mulligan in Hi-Fi. You hear the baritone and tenor saxophones but things seem a little inside out. The baritone has Stan Getz's mildness and the tenor sounds more like Mulligan's bouncing attack. In fact, Verve producer Norman Granz recorded just such a switch, which ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerry Mulligan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gerry Mulligan

All About Jazz is celebrating Gerry Mulligan's birthday today! Gerry Mulligan grew up in Philadelphia and first learned piano, which he played occasionally. While in his teens, he wrote arrangements for Johnny Warrington's radio band (1944) and played reed instruments professionally. After moving to New York in 1946, he joined Gene Krupa's big band as staff ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Eddie Sauter: A Wider Focus

Read "Eddie Sauter: A Wider Focus" reviewed by Chris May


For many people, composer and arranger Eddie Sauter's reputation begins and ends with Stan Getz's Focus (Verve, 1962). The album is, indeed, a masterpiece. But it is only one of the pinnacles of Sauter's career, which started during the swing era. Nor is Focus Sauter's only collaboration with Getz. The partnership continued with the less widely ...

News: Video / DVD

Modern Sounds From California

Modern Sounds From California

West Coast jazz was the music of migrants. After World War II, work opportunities for skilled jazz musicians skyrocketed in Los Angeles, attracting gifted artists from different parts of the country. Two principal architects of the West Coast jazz sound in the early 1950s were Gerry Mulligan and Shorty Rogers—transplants from the East Coast. Many other ...

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Article: Album Review

Pino Palladino and Blake Mills: Notes with Attachments

Read "Notes with Attachments" reviewed by Chris May


Do not be put off by the cover. It might suggest inaccessible, up itself, bone-dry cerebralism, but the reality is contrariwise. Around a third of the music is vaguely reminiscent, in spirit if not in execution, of the 1949-1950 Birth Of The Cool sessions conducted by Miles Davis with arrangers Gil Evans, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan ...


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