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Howard McGhee


McGhee was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but grew up in Detroit. He first learned to play the clarinet and tenor sax, then switched to trumpet. From 1936 to 1940 he travelled around playing in territory bands. In 1941 he led his own band at Detroit's Club Congo. After a short stint with Lionel Hampton he joined Andy Kirk, with whom he made his first recording, his own McGhee Special. During the AFM ban, he spent a year with Charlie Barnet, but returned to Kirk in 1943. In 1944, jobs in the bands of Georgie Auld and Count Basie were followed by his joining the Coleman Hawkin's quintet for half a year in Los Angeles


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Orrin Evans, Benny Golson & Ray Blue

Read "Orrin Evans, Benny Golson & Ray Blue" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the award-winning chops of Ray Blue, we kick off the 809th Episode of Neon Jazz with a cut off his latest project called #People. From there, we hear new music from Bruno Raberg, John Allee, Orrin Evans and Gordon Lee. In between, listen for luminaries including Benny Golson, Howard McGhee and Lew Soloff. We wrap ...


Article: Book Review

L'autobiografia di Henry Threadgill in primo piano

Read "L'autobiografia di Henry Threadgill in primo piano" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Easily Slip into Another World Henry Threadgill, Brent Hayes Edwards 402 pagine ISBN: # 9781524749071 Knopf 2023 D'imminente pubblicazione, l'autobiografia di Henry Threadgill è destinata a lasciare il segno entro il mondo del jazz, nella cultura statunitense e nella musica contemporanea in generale. È un testo ...

News: Video / DVD

Bop Masters Pay Tribute to Bird

Bop Masters Pay Tribute to Bird

In Westerns, they're cool-handed lawmen who get off the noon train to save the town with lightning-fast reflexes and not a flick of apprehension. The equivalent in the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee were these guys, who appeared on the U.K.'s BBC2's TV showcase Jazz 625 in October 1964: trombonist J.J. Johnson, alto saxophonist Sonny Stitt, trumpeter Howard ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May

The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...


Article: Live Review

East-West Trumpet Summit at Meydenbauer Center Theatre

Read "East-West Trumpet Summit at Meydenbauer Center Theatre" reviewed by Paul Rauch

East-West Trumpet Summit Meydenbauer Center Theatre Bellevue Blues & Jazz Festival Bellevue, WA October 9, 2021 Two trumpet quintets in jazz are rare, historically and presently. The alliances most commonly mentioned are the bop era tandem of Fats Navarro and Howard McGhee ...


Article: Profile

Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy

Read "Thelonious Monk: A Thriving Legacy" reviewed by Doug Hall

If legendary jazz musicians were collected together in one giant jigsaw puzzle and each musician was one piece—Thelonious Monk's individual piece would be impossible to cut out. As a singular artist, his shape or place in jazz is too uniquely non-conforming. From a musical and historical standpoint, he is recognized as one of the ...


Article: Profile

Gigi Gryce

Read "Gigi Gryce" reviewed by AAJ Staff

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in 2002. Gigi Gryce was a special kind of musician—the kind often overlooked by the mainstream jazz world today, but widely respected by those familiar with his all too brief time under the jazz spotlight of the 1950s. More often rated as ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums

Read "Blue Note Records: Lost In Space: 20 Overlooked Classic Albums" reviewed by Chris May

For anyone with a passion for Blue Note, it is hard to conceive of an album that has been “overlooked," let alone twenty of them. For connoisseurs of the most influential label in jazz history, the passion can be all consuming: if a dedicated collector does not have all the albums (yet), he or she will ...


Article: Interview

Meet Andy Bey

Read "Meet Andy Bey" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in February 2000. Listening for the first time to Andy Bey is like stepping into a quiet, still lake. Your foot first parts a surface that's smooth and tranquil, but you can't really tell from that surface how deeply your foot must ...


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