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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 Steve 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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Merrill: Cheerin’ Up the Universe

Read "Cheerin’ Up the Universe" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Jazz as an art form is not noted for a particularly sunny disposition. Trumpeter and vocalist Bob Merrill dispenses with this prejudice in his opening original title composition of Cheerin' Up the Universe, his fourth recording. From the outset, this recital is going to be a positive, affirming musical experience sans the saccharine sentimentality projects like ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Playboy Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

Playboy Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

The Neville Brothers, Sharon Jones and the Dap- Kings, the Wayne Shorter Quartet and Kenny G are among the performers slated to appear at the 31st Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, June 13-14 at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to the Neville Brothers and Sharon Jones, Saturday's lineup will feature a 50th anniversary salute to Miles Davis' ...


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