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Green was born on June 6, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri. He first performed in a professional setting at the age of 13. His early influences were Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker; however, he played extensive R & B gigs in his home town and in East Saint Louis, IL while developing his jazz chops. His first recordings in St. Louis were with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest for the Delmark label. Lou Donaldson discovered green playing in a bar in St. Louis. After touring together with Donaldson, Green arrived in New York around 1959-60. In a Down Beat interview from the early 60's, Green said "The first thing I learned to play was boogie-woogie

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News: Recording

Or Shovaly Plus Release 'Live at the New Orleans Jazz Museum' — Groove is at the heart of New Orleans-based guitarist’s debut EP

Or Shovaly Plus Release 'Live at the New Orleans Jazz Museum' — Groove is at the heart of New Orleans-based guitarist’s debut EP

It almost doesn’t matter whether guitarist Or Shovaly is composing music, arranging music, playing music, thinking about music, or talking about music. One point remains: Groove is at the heart and the guiding star of Or Shovaly’s music, including and especially the debut recording of his band Or Shovaly Plus, Live at the New Orleans Jazz ...

News: Video / DVD

Video: Burrell, Kessel and Green

Video: Burrell, Kessel and Green

In October 1969, jazz guitarists Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel and Grant Green were on a brief tour in Europe. Backed by Larry Ridley on bass and Don Lamond on drums, the quintet performed on a French TV show with a live audience that, for some reason, never aired. The music appeared more recently on the album ...

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Article: Album Review

Valentín Caamaño: All The Gods

Read "All The Gods" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


All the Gods is the fourth album from Spanish guitarist and composer Valentín Caamaño, a recording which he describes as his most personal to date. On previous albums, Caamano revisited the works of boppers (be-and hard-) such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Grant Green. On All the Gods—accompanied by saxophonist Xose Miguelez, bassist Alfonso Calvo ...

News: Video / DVD

Grant Green: 'Live at the Lighthouse'

Grant Green: 'Live at the Lighthouse'

Guitarist Grant Green had two significant careers. The first was as a Blue Note artist who recorded 29 albums for the label between 1960 and 1972, most of them straight ahead jazz. The other career was as a funky soul-jazz player who recorded important riff-driven albums for other labels starting in 1965 (His Majesty King Funk ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Grant Green

Jazz Musician of the Day: Grant Green

All About Jazz is celebrating Grant Green's birthday today! Green was born on June 6, 1931 in St. Louis, Missouri. He first performed in a professional setting at the age of 13. His early influences were Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker; however, he played extensive R & B gigs in his home town and in East ...

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Article: Album Review

Nathan Borton: Each Step

Read "Each Step" reviewed by Jane Kozhevnikova


Each Step is the debut recording by guitarist Nathan Borton. As his website accurately states, Borton draws heavily from the mid-western tradition of bebop and blues. His influences include Wes Montgomery, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell. The album offers an enjoyable tour through the straight-ahead tradition. There are three standards early on: Cole Porter's ...

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Article: Album Review

Tony Monaco: Four Brothers

Read "Four Brothers" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The current state of recorded music is in flux in ways like it has never been before. Young audiences have fickle tastes and like to pick and choose tracks on streaming platforms. So the idea of an album being a complete and unique entity is a totally foreign idea to many listeners under 30. Nonetheless, the ...

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Article: Interview

Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini

Read "Roberto Zorzi: esplorazione senza confini" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Il percorso musicale del chitarrista Roberto Zorzi è così ricco ed eclettico che è impossibile includerlo in un particolare genere musicale. L'iniziale amore per visionari artisti rock come Robert Fripp e Brian Eno s'è arricchito nel tempo di approcci, tanto liberi quanto anticonvenzionali, di Derek Bailey e altri esponenti dell'avanguardia inglese degli anni settanta. La ricerca ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Not War: Part 1

Read "Jazz Not War: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This time it felt quite inappropriate to be upbeat and excited about all the beautiful new albums that keep coming out. After an aggressive virus has brought the world to a near halt for almost two years, we are now facing another life-threatening turn of events, this time entirely man-made. The playlist features music inspired by ...


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