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James Black

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He is one of the key players in New Orleans drumming continuum. In what has to qualify as a lifetime of accomplishments, he played with Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Horace Silver, and Yusef Lateef, and toured with Lionel Hampton. He was the drummer on seminal recordings by Ellis Marsalis, worked with many R&B artists, and laid the foundations for the funk and jazz drummers that followed. Born in New Orleans on February 1, 1940, James Black absorbed the "second line" rhythms from a young age. Like so many other native New Orleans musicians, James Black came up through the public school system's music programs under the guidance of Yvonne Busch

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Article: Interview

Meet Brian Blade

Read "Meet Brian Blade" reviewed by Craig Jolley


This article was first published at All About Jazz in April 2000. Musical background I started playing when I was thirteen in church. My father was the pastor. My brother, Brady, who was five years older (he still is) was the drummer. He left for college so it became my duty to take over ...

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Article: Live Review

Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner At The Jazz Corner

Read "Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie


Wycliffe Gordon & Vincent Gardner The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC November 8-9, 2019 Wycliffe “Pinecone" Gordon is an Armstrong-styled horn player and has won a Louie award to prove it. He displayed that same laid-back behind the beat timing as Louis Armstrong, which belied the clarity of phrasing ...

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Article: Live Review

2012 Thelonious Monk International Drums Competition

Read "2012 Thelonious Monk International Drums Competition" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


It can never be said that the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz does anything halfway. Held annually at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, this year's competition and gala concert was ambitious and extravagant--equal parts a celebration of jazz drumming, a salute to women's past and present contributions to the art form, and a promotion for ...

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Article: Live Review

Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan Batiste: New York, May 11, 2012

Read "Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan Batiste:  New York, May 11, 2012" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar


Ellis Marsalis, Henry Butler, Jonathan BatisteNew Orleans Piano KingsJazz at Lincoln Center: Allen RoomNew York, NYMay 11, 2012“A young lion, a seasoned veteran, and an elder statesman"--that's how drummer Herlin Riley introduced the three stellar pianists featured in Jazz at Lincoln Center's “New Orleans Piano Kings": Jonathan Batiste, Henry ...

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Article: Album Review

Vincent Gardner: Three-Five

Read "Three-Five" reviewed by George Kanzler


The title here refers to both trombonist Vincent Gardner's age and the time signatures (3/4 and 5/4) of the majority of the tracks on this CD. Gardner says the “idea for the date was to try these pieces in a different meter. It's amazing that when you drop a beat and take a tune usually played ...

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News: Radio

Special Program on Drummer James Black at taintradio.org on January 24th

Special Program on Drummer James Black at taintradio.org on January 24th

"Guardian of the Groove," a one-hour documentary on the late New Orleans drummer & composer James Black will air at 11pm (eastern) on Saturday night (January 24, 2009). This outstanding program is written & produced by award-winning independent producer David Kunian. “Guardian of the Groove" features Ellis Marsalis, Alvin Batiste, Branford Marsalis, and Reggie Workman among ...

Album

I Need Altitude

Label: Night Train
Released: 2004


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