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Jabbo Smith

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Hailed a one of the original trumpet kings, Cladys Smith was born in Pembroke, GA on December 24, 1908. He was sent to the Jenkins Orphanage by his mother Ida Smith when he was six year old. Jabbo began playing the cornet at age eight and began touring with the Jenkins Band at age ten. During his stay at the orphanage Jabbo constantly ran away and in 1925, at age 17 he left for good in order to play professionally with Harry Marsh in Philadelphia. During the 1920s and 1930s, Jabbo was seen as a rival to Louis Armstrong. Jabbo played in New York for a while with such bands as the Charlie Johnson Band, Sidney Bechet and the James P

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Article: History of Jazz

Chet Baker’s Singing: A Cultural Shift

Read "Chet Baker’s Singing: A Cultural Shift" reviewed by S.G Provizer


We think of the 1950's as a time of relative social conformity, but in fact, there were significant cultural shifts happening. For one, male stereotypes were being unpacked and to some degree, unfrozen. Where once films and music gave us male characters that were either hyper-macho or limp-wristedly homosexual, male characters and performers who showed emotional ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chicago Jazz Roots (1922 - 1929)

Read "Chicago Jazz Roots (1922 - 1929)" reviewed by Russell Perry


In the last hour we listened to the music of the first great jazz composer, Jelly Roll Morton, and Sidney Bechet, the only soloist in early jazz to seriously challenge Louis Armstrong. In addition to Joe “King" Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong, the Chicago scene bristled with black and white bands, initially ...

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News: Book / Magazine

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

Recent Reading: Books About Jazz In Four US Regions

After jazz emerged—or coalesced—as a distinct form of music in jny: New Orleans in the early twentieth century, it quickly took hold throughout the world. Jazz musicians developed on every continent, even in countries where the spirit of jazz goes against the grain of politics and culture; a jazz community is emerging in China, not an ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Zachary Serleth

Read "Take Five With Zachary Serleth" reviewed by Zachary Serleth


About Zachary Serleth Primarily a bassist and banjo player, Zach Serleth has developed a deep love of vintage music that is reflected in his current band, Tongue in Cheek. The group's 2016 album, Mobtown Strutters Ball, pays tribute to the jny: New Orleans jazz tradition, covering tunes written from 1910 to the mid 1930s. ...

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Article: Book Review

Storia del Jazz

Read "Storia del Jazz" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Storia del jazz Ted Gioia 592 Pagine ISBN: # : 978-88-6639-995-7 EDT/Siena Jazz 2013 A Ted Gioia si devono alcuni dei saggi più stimolanti della storiografia jazzistica, ed in primis la “Storia del jazz." Ben curata da Francesco Martinelli, l'edizione italiana aggiunge alcune chicche di rilievo rispetto a ...

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Article: Jazz That Scratches, Swings and Pops

How (Not) To Listen To Early Jazz

Read "How (Not) To Listen To Early Jazz" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut


Jazz listeners may admit that early music got things to where they are now, similar to how the Model T made the Lamborghini possible. Most just prefer not to drive anything too old. For most listeners, early jazz remains an esoteric and even a strange experience. Perhaps it's all that monochromatic footage of ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephane Belmondo: The Same As It Never Was Before

Read "The Same As It Never Was Before" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


It is all a matter of the right tone for French trumpeter Stephane Belmondo. On Same As It Never Was Before, it is a matter of getting his lips in the right position--singular embouchure--then grabbing the air from his lungs and blowing it out in hot wild gusts through the horn. But it is also more ...

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News: Radio

The Story of Jabbo Smith This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

The Story of Jabbo Smith This Week on Riverwalk Jazz

Jabbo Smith had a short but important recording career in the late 1920s when he became the first trumpeter to seriously challenge Louis Armstrong with a virtuosity years ahead of its time. On this week's Riverwalk Jazz, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band revives their favorite Jabbo Smith compositions, we'll hear scenes of Jabbo's life from his ...

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Article: Album Review

Toots Thielemans: European Quartet Live

Read "European Quartet Live" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Miles Davis never liked the use of the term “legend," to describe a living musician, but perhaps an exception ought to be made in the case of Toots Thielemans, who ranks with the great Larry Adler as one of the greatest harmonica players, one for whom music has specially been composed. On ˂em˃Live˂/em˃, together with his ...


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