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Jazz Crusaders - band/ensemble In 1961, four fellows from Houston transplanted themselves to Los Angeles and added more distinctly bluesy elements to the soul jazz style with an ear-grabbing album called “The Freedom Sound,” on the Pacific Jazz label. Its four co-leaders were trombonist Wayne Henderson, tenor saxophonist (and occasional bassist) Wilton Felder, pianist Joe Sample, and drummer Nesbert "Stix" Hooper. They first joined together in Houston in the fifties with the formation of The Swingsters, the group’s embracing of many different musical styles starts where it normally does, at the beginning


Article: Interview

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection

Read "Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz and the Ghanaian Connection" reviewed by Duncan Heining

So, Down Beat picks your record, The Poetry of Jazz, as one of its year-end top three. You put out a second volume, which is similarly well-received. Now here's the conundrum. Do you lock into the niche and follow up with more of the same? Or do you go for broke with that program masterpiece you ...


Article: Radio

Listeners' Favorites

Read "Listeners' Favorites" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Every tenth show, we go through Mixcloud messages, emails, phone calls and 'stopped me on the street' comments to compile a list of tunes that grabbed you. Dr. Jazz offers some of the many selections that resonated with you from Shows 331 to 340. This is not just about the tracks that get the 'most votes,' ...


News: Performance / Tour

Poncho Sanchez: Heating up Lincoln

Poncho Sanchez: Heating up Lincoln

By Gabriel Medina Arenas Nebraska's coldest month is usually January and in 2015 that didn't seem to be an exception. That is, until Poncho Sanchez's hot salsa and Latin jazz melted the ice, bringing “gozadera" and joy to The Midwest. This is not just a metaphor, since the weather did get warmer on Thursday, ...


Article: Interview

Buster Williams: Take No Prisoners

Read "Buster Williams: Take No Prisoners" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]I first heard bassist Buster Williams on a Herbie Hancock recording called VSOP Live (Columbia, 1976). I remember thinking that their version of Hancock's “Toys" was pretty wild stuff. In addition to hearing him on some other recordings like Hancock's Sextant (Columbia, ...

News: Recording

PRA Records To Release Randy Crawford & Joe Sample – Live Featuring Steve Gadd On Drums And Nicklas Sample On Bass In Stores July 31st

PRA Records To Release Randy Crawford & Joe Sample – Live Featuring Steve Gadd On Drums And Nicklas Sample On Bass In Stores July 31st

Electrifying Performances Recorded On Tour at Various Concert Venues Throughout Europe From October – December 2008 Randy Crawford and Joe Sample have been making music together in one form or another for nearly 36 years. From their first hit together in 1979, “Street Life” (which Randy sang with Joe and The Crusaders) to “One Day I’ll ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

Gary Norian: Houston Lifts Off

Read "Gary Norian: Houston Lifts Off" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Houston, Texas is the oil capital of the United States. It is also, in 2011, becoming a jazz mecca ready to take on New Orleans, Chicago and New York City. Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties are home to an exploding jazz population that includes pianist, vocalist and trombonist Henry Darragh, vocalists Melissa Darragh, Jacqui Sutton, ...


News: Performance / Tour

Vanessa Rubin to Perform Monday, April 18 at Siue

Vanessa Rubin to Perform Monday, April 18 at Siue

Singer Vanessa Rubin (pictured) is coming back to the St. Louis area to perform at 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 18 in the Dunham Hall Theater at SIUE. The free concert will feature Rubin and SIUE's vocal jazz ensemble, which is under the direction of Reggie Thomas. The event is sponsored by SIUE's Singer's Society, a new ...


Article: Interview

Hubert Laws: Flute Virtuoso and NEA Jazz Master

Read "Hubert Laws: Flute Virtuoso and NEA Jazz Master" reviewed by Greg Thomas

After James Moody and Frank Wess established the flute as a solo jazz instrument in the 1950s, and Herbie Mann popularized it in the 1960s, the musician that has become most identified with virtuosic flute performance in jazz is Hubert Laws, who became a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Fellowship ...


The Pacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions

Label: Mosaic Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: CD1: The Geek; M.J.S Funk; That's It; Freedom Sound; Theme From Exodus; Coon; M.J.S. Funk (alternate version); Coon (alternate version); Song Of India; Big Hunk Of Funk; Tonight; 507 Neyland; Till All Ends; Tortoise & The Hare; In A Dream; The Young Rabbits. CD2: Sinnin' Sam; Weather Beat; Scandalizing; White Cobra; Cathy's Delight; Congolese Sermon; One Leg Dance; Deacon Brown; Turkish Black; Brahms Lullaby; Boopie; Tough Talk; No Name Samba; Lazy Canary; Lonely Horn; Brother Bernard; Moon River. CD3: On Broadway; Greenback Dollar; Close Shave; Free Sample; Mr. Sandman; Heat Wave; Sassy; Theme From "The L-Shaped Room" (T-Shaped Twist); Some Samba; Stix March; Purple Onion; Long John; Robbins' Nest; You Are Sometimes Only Rain; Out Back; Bachafillen; I'll Remember Tomorrow; Polka Dots And Moonbeams; Sweetwater. CD4: The Thing; Sunset In The Mountains; While The City Sleeps; White Cobra; New Time Shuffle; Para Mi Espoza; Soul Kosher; Tribute To Charles; A Trane Thing; New Time Shuffle (alternate version); The Thing (alternate version); Uptight (Everything's Alright); The Shadow Do; Scratch; Isa's Chant. CD5: Blue Monday; Night Theme; Uh Huh; Air Waves; Ice Water; Watts Happening; Promises, Promises; Love And Peace; Hey Jude; Sting Ray; Fancy Dance. CD6: Love Is Blue; Cookie Man; Upstairs; Firewater; Give Peace A Chance; I Think It Was A Dream; Black Bird; The Thrill Is Gone; Anita's New Dance; Space Settlement; All The Lonely Years; Another Blues.


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