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Harold Arlen

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Born Hyman Arluck, February 15, 1905 Buffalo, NY, (died April 23, 1986 New York, NY of Parkinson's disease); son of Samuel Arluck, a Jewish cantor and Celia (born Orlin); married Anya (died March 9, 1973); children: Samuel Arlen. Education: Studied piano with Arnold Cornelisson, Conductor of the Buffalo String Orchestral Society. For more than a century, a large number of immigrant Jews from Poland, Germany and Russia fled to the United States to avoid persecution. Many a son of a Jewish cantor became a singing star, or one of America's top lyricists and composers. Harold Arlen was such an example

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Article: Album Review

Richard Baratta: Off The Charts

Read "Off The Charts" reviewed by Neil Duggan


After more than three decades as a Hollywood film producer, drummer Richard Baratta seemed ideally placed to bring together the worlds of film and jazz, releasing two albums focusing on songs from the movies. The first of these, Music In Film: The Reel Deal (Savant Records, 2020) gained a Grammy nomination for pianist Bill O'Connell's arrangement ...

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Article: Album Review

Popa Chubby: Live at G. Bluey's Juke Joint NYC

Read "Live at G. Bluey's Juke Joint NYC" reviewed by Doug Collette


When we last heard from Popa Chubby, he was on his own, producing, recording and mixing at Chubbyland, his upstate New York music compound, making the most of his time in the lock-downs of the COVID pandemic on Emotional Gangster (Dixie Frog Records, 2022). Now the man born Ted Horowitz is in his preferred element, back ...

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Article: Book Review

Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire

Read "Ben Sidran, There Was A Fire" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


There Was a Fire-Jews Musica and the American Dream [Nuova edizione] Ben Sidran 404 pagine ISBN: # 978-0-578-77359-9 Nardis Books 2021 Esce in queste settimane negli Stati Uniti la nuova edizione—revisionata e aggiornata a tutto il 2020—del fondamentale volume di Ben Sidran del 2012, che delinea il contributo ...

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Article: Album Review

Patitucci, Colaiuta, Cunliffe: Trio

Read "Trio" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Pianist Bill Cunliffe was asked if he would be interested in doing a trio record with rhythm section legends {John Patitucci and Vinnie Colaiuta. Naturally he said yes, both immediately and excitedly. “Right now" was the answer when he asked when. Patitucci and Colaiuta were already set-up in a studio at Le Coq Records, and Cunliffe ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Saluting Harold Arlen

Read "Saluting Harold Arlen" reviewed by Russell Perry


Born Hyman Arluck on February 15, 1905, Harold Arlen was one of the most important composers of the Great American songbook. Arlen's first collaboration with lyricist Ted Koehler, “Get Happy," became his first hit in 1930 and ever since his tunes have been covered by jazz artists. In 2000, his collaboration with Yip Harburg, “Over the ...

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Article: Anatomy of a Standard

"Alice In Wonderland" by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard

Read ""Alice In Wonderland" by Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard" reviewed by Tish Oney


Fain and Hilliard's “Alice in Wonderland" debuted in 1951 in a Disney feature film by the same name. Having been performed since then by Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dave Brubeck, and many others, it has attained “jazz standard" status for good reason. The composition achieves a heightened value in the lovely marriage of music and lyrics ...

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Article: Album Review

Jazzagenturen: The Stockholm Corona Sessions Volume One

Read "The Stockholm Corona Sessions Volume One" reviewed by Jim Worsley


The Swedish jazz collective Jazzagenturen, founded by Pontus de Wolfe, reached deep into its collective soul and stood up to the downsides of the Covid-19 coronavirus early on. This large ensemble entered a studio on April 2nd. Twelve hours later they emerged having recorded fifty songs. The Stockholm Corona Sessions are being released in five volumes, ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir

Read "Tamir Hendelman: The Many Colors and Cultures of Tamir" reviewed by Jim Worsley


With so many talented jazz pianists over the years, it can be a challenge to make your own mark or carve out your own identity. Many fine musicians have simply blended into the scene, seemingly unnoticed, due to a lack of singularity that sets them apart. Tamir Hendelman crashes that barrier with a signature sound that ...

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Article: Album Review

Gabriel Latchin Trio: The Moon And I

Read "The Moon And I" reviewed by Roger Farbey


Following on from Gabriel Latchin's eponymous debut album Introducing Gabriel Latchin Trio (Alys Jazz, 2017), The Moon And I, recorded in London in February 2018, seeks to consolidate his position as a first rate straight ahead jazz pianist. Indeed his style is not dissimilar to George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, André Previn or Dudley Moore. As with ...


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