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That Slow Boat to China: How American Jazz Steamed Into Asia

Read "That Slow Boat to China: How American Jazz Steamed Into Asia" reviewed by Arthur R George


A kind of jazz was already waiting in Asia when American players arrived in the 1920s, close to a hundred years ago. However, it was imitative and incomplete, lacked authenticity and live performers from the U.S. Those ingredients became imported by musicians who had played with the likes of Joseph “King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, ...

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Straight Ahead: il canto di protesta di Abbey Lincoln dal 1957 al 1961

Read "Straight Ahead: il canto di protesta di Abbey Lincoln dal 1957 al 1961" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


La lettura di un libro sull'Africa, l'intuizione del manager, e la frequentazione di artisti impegnati nella rivendicazione dei diritti civili determinarono il cambio di passo nello status artistico di Anna Maria Woolridge, tra il 1956 e il 1961. Cantante nei night club californiani con lo pseudonimo di Gaby Lee, era una artista di varietà quando decise ...

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Richie Beirach: Exploring Who Matters Most Among the Jazz Pianists

Read "Richie Beirach: Exploring Who Matters Most Among the Jazz Pianists" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


[The following is a commentary on pianist Richie Beirach's 2020 e-book The Historical Lineage of Modern Jazz Piano: The 10 Essential Players (Conversations between Richie Beirach and Michael Lake), downloadable for free here.] Jazz piano has always garnered (no intended reference to Erroll Garner) special interest among the instruments because it is truly an ...

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Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!

Read "Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A hundred years ago, on August 29, 1920, soon after jazz was born, Charlie Parker came into this world, and in the 35 years of a life cut short by addictions and impulse-driven living, he changed the face of the music. His innovations as one of the creators of bebop and his stunning sound and virtuosic ...

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Harvey Husten Presents "Jazz in Jersey": The Red Hill Inn

Read "Harvey Husten Presents "Jazz in Jersey": The Red Hill Inn" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


On October 13, 1957, there was a concert at the Red Hill Inn in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Leonard Feather was there. Erroll Garner too. And Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, and Oscar Pettiford. The occasion was the first annual memorial concert for one Harvey Husten. And the beginning of what was supposed to be a living memorial ...

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Bruce Guthrie: Remembering Chet Baker

Read "Bruce Guthrie: Remembering Chet Baker" reviewed by Nenette Evans


I first met the Baker family at Chet's funeral back in 1988. I took my kids out of school and went with my partner, Fonje, to the Los Angeles Cemetery. I had heard about the funeral from our local jazz station and with a big sense of duty to Chet Baker's memory, headed north on the ...

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Leo Smith and New Dalta Ahkri

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Coming to New England: Emerson, Ives and Brown When trumpeter/composer Leo Smith returned to the United States after having spent 1969-1970 in Europe, he settled not in New York, as most jazz musicians might be expected to do, or even in jny: Chicago, where he'd spent a fruitful several years in the 1960s. Instead, he chose ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Cold Fusion: The Search for the Jazz/Rock Unicorn, Part 2

Read "Cold Fusion: The Search for the Jazz/Rock Unicorn, Part 2" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Part 2: Steely Dan's AjaI ended the first part of this series with the question that prompted these articles: “Why is there so little music that genuinely fuses two styles together and does so in a way that maintains the integrity of the stylistic contributors?" I ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Cold Fusion: The Search for the Jazz/Rock Unicorn, Part 1

Read "Cold Fusion: The Search for the Jazz/Rock Unicorn, Part 1" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Part 1: A Brief Stylistic History The fusion of different styles of music has been an explicit goal of many musicians in the 20th century. In the early part of the 20C, many classical composers like Bela Bartok, Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, and Claude Debussy were ...

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The John Coltrane Home in Philadelphia: The Fight to Preserve an Historic Landmark

Read "The John Coltrane Home in Philadelphia: The Fight to Preserve an Historic Landmark" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


John Coltrane (1926-1967) was in the upper echelon of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. He, along with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, and other innovators, changed the face of jazz forever. Beyond such encomiums, Coltrane has become a great African American hero, overcoming his heroin addiction, experiencing a spiritual ...


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