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Jimmy Cobb (1929-2020)

Jimmy Cobb (1929-2020)

Jimmy Cobb, a drummer whose sensitive, smoldering touch on Miles Davis albums such as Kind of Blue and Some Day My Prince Will Come gave the trumpeter's masterful sextet and quintet a sheer, elegant quality, died on May 24. He was 91. Jimmy began his recording career on Dinah Washington 78s in the late 1940s followed ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

James Harrod: Stars of Jazz

James Harrod: Stars of Jazz

For those who regularly roam YouTube, you've probably come across audio and video clips of a 1950s TV show called Stars of Jazz. Of all the TV jazz show, it was easily the most relaxed and hippest. Beyond the title, you probably know that singer-songwriter and composer Bobby Troup was the show's host. And that's likely ...

NEWS: BOOK / MAGAZINE

Maxine Gordon on Dexter Gordon

Maxine Gordon on Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon was a remarkable tenor saxophonist. A towering, dashing figure with an embracing smile and a wry sense of humor, Gordon was a powerful player whose bebop approach was equally assertive and romantic. [Photo above of Maxine Gordon by Fiona Ross, courtesy of Maxine Gordon] A bebop star in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Interview: Nelson Riddle, 1982

Interview: Nelson Riddle, 1982

In 1982, WNEW radio host Jonathan Schwartz conducted a superb interview with arranger Nelson Riddle, who was 61 at the time. Superb, because rather than impatiently thinking only of his next question, Schwartz was listening to Riddle and was shrewd enough to pepper his guest with cogent followup questions. Here's the complete interview: Here's Part 1... ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Jimmy Heath (1926-2020)

Jimmy Heath (1926-2020)

Jimmy Heath, a tenor saxophonist with exceptional gifts as a composer, arranger and player who spent critical years of the 1950s in prison for the sale of drugs but rebuilt his career in the 1960s and beyond, died on January 19. He was 93. Nicknamed “Little Bird" for his Parker-like fluidity when he played alto saxophone ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Vic Juris: Tension and Release

Read "Vic Juris: Tension and Release" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

This article was first published at All About Jazz on July 28, 2009. Vic Juris is one of the premier jazz guitarists in the business today. Perhaps less known than some of his peers, he is nevertheless admired by all of them and has accumulated, since his emergence on the scene in the 1970s, ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

The Value Of Merch For Today's Working Artist With Joey Stucky [INTERVIEW]

The Value Of Merch For Today's Working Artist With Joey Stucky [INTERVIEW]

Here award-winning musician, personality, and engineer Joey Stuckey discusses the success of his music and the important role merch plays in branding his act and drawing in valuable revenue. Guest post from Disc Makers Blog Being blind hasn’t stopped Joey Stuckey from living a life of intention, joy, and music-making. He also helps design and sell ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Gary Burton on Larry Bunker

Gary Burton on Larry Bunker

As one of Hollywood's most in-demand percussionists, Larry Bunker recorded hundreds of jazz and soundtrack albums. But always as a sideman. Remarkably, Bunker recorded just one album as a leader: Larry Bunker Quartette: Live at Shelly's Manne-Hole, in December 1963. Recorded first and then picked up by the Vault label in Los Angeles in 1965, the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Mandy Kemp Discusses Musical Roots Of Firecracker EP

Mandy Kemp Discusses Musical Roots Of Firecracker EP

Mandy Kemp is a singer with a passion for classic jazz vibes and unique textures. Recently, she released a new EP titled Firecracker. What’s really special about this release is definitely the fact that she combines her vocal versatility with an evergreen approach to the genre. The six tracks on Firecracker boast a classic feel and ...

NEWS: TECHNOLOGY

Pandora Adds Conversational Voice Mode For All Users 'that sweeps the floor with anything else out there'

Pandora Adds Conversational Voice Mode For All Users 'that sweeps the floor with anything else out there'

This morning, Pandora rolled out Voice Mode for all users. The advanced, conversational voice interface combines voice-recognition and Natural Language Processing with Pandora’s Music Genome Project personalization technology so that users can talk conversationally with Pandora as specific or vague as they want. Pandora is calling Voice Mode “the most advanced, conversational voice interface that sweeps ...


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