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Harry "Sweets" Edison

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Harry "Sweets" Edison is one of the few players in the history of jazz trumpet who could be instantly identified after only a few notes; along with Bobby Hackett, he was acknowledged as one of the few master trumpet accompanists. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Edison moved to Louisville, Kentucky to live with his uncle. It was his uncle who first exposed Edison to music, first teaching him to play a pump organ. Edison later found an old cornet in the house and taught himself scales. He cited early exposure to recordings of Louis Armstrong backing up Bessie Smith as important influences on his playing. When he was eleven Edison almost died from typhoid fever

Album

Live At Fabrik Vol. 1

Label: Jazzline Classics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Bluesbird Blues; Please Send Me Someone To Love; Shiny Stockings; Everything Happens To Me; This Is All I Ask; I’m Confessin’ That I Love You; Little Pony.

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Article: Live Review

Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City

Read "Detroit Jazz Festival 2023: A Tribute to a Great Jazz City" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Detroit Jazz Festival 2023 Hart Plaza & Campus Martius Detroit, MI September 1-4, 2023 Opening night is always a gas. Whether it takes the form of the annual rite of spring in baseball, the long anticipated opening of a Broadway play, or for that matter, the opening salvo of a world ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova

Read "Take Five with Vocalist Angelina Kolobukhova" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Angelina Kolobukhova Angelina Kolobukhova was born and raised in Minsk, Belarus. She started playing classical piano when she was five and singing when she was nine. She was introduced to jazz music by her early mentor Veronika Yanovskaya and, under her guidance, she performed jazz and popular music in Minsk and in Europe at competitions, ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day 2023 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day 2023 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Record Store Day, which started in 2007, is a biannual event designed to promote independent record stores. Every Record Store Day drop features limited-edition vinyl releases in practically every genre of music. The releases, however, are offered on a limited basis, and they are available for one time only. As a result, collectors often wait in ...

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Article: Album Review

Basie All Stars: Live At Fabrik Vol. 1

Read "Live At Fabrik Vol. 1" reviewed by Chris May


Such are the glories of his band's recorded legacy from the 1930s through the 1950s, that the mere mention of Count Basie's name will trigger a Pavlovian response from his fan base. Like no other, the Count Basie Orchestra epitomised big-band swing at its most sublime; reefer fuelled, riff based, loose and louche Kansas City jazz ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Learning the Art of Jazz, Part 1

Read "Learning the Art of Jazz, Part 1" reviewed by Monk Rowe


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Article: Interview

John Swana: Philly Gumbo

Read "John Swana: Philly Gumbo" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. In addition to being one of the finest contemporary jazz trumpet players, John Swana is a human being who is spontaneously authentic and refuses to play a false role. Having reached the ripe old age of 38, John has ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Alex Bird

Read "Take Five with Alex Bird" reviewed by Alex Bird


Meet Alex Bird Alex Bird is a singer/songwriter and actor in jny: Toronto, ON. With a swinging style and an indescribable charm, Alex and his “Jazz Mavericks" are currently working on an entirely new chapter in the Great American Songbook, with their soon to be released, all original debut album, “Whisky Kisses" (Summer 2020). “The Way ...

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Article: Album Review

Nat King Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Before pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole had a career as a pop crooner--his many hits included “All for You," “The Christmas Song," “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," “Nature Boy" and “Mona Lisa" (the No. 1 song in 1950)--he led a successful jazz trio which featured both his piano playing and ...


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