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News: TV / Film

"Finding Carlton": Discovering Jazz In India

This remarkable photograph was taken in the Fifties—the saxophonists and other players are assembled to pay tribute to Benny Goodman. That in itself would not be unusual. But that the tribute took place in Bombay is a surprise to those who do not associate jazz and India. The photograph comes to us through the kindness of ...


News: Video / DVD

The Imaginings of Earl Hines

Earl Hines is both revered and under-acknowledged, a position many jazz legends find themselves in. He was in the public eye for more than sixty years, playing everywhere. But his energy and abundance have often tended to make him a caricature of himself: late in life, he surrounded himself with functional but less inspiring musicians, and ...


News: Interview

Mel Lewis on Jazz Drumming

Mel Lewis on Jazz Drumming

Here's a link to a website that offers a series of 1989 interviews that master drummer Mel Lewis (1929-1990) did with Loren Schoenberg on WKCR-FM — exploring the history of jazz drumming from Baby Dodds to Elvin Jones: A master musician commenting on his ancestors (including Stan King, Paul Barbarin, and Tiny Kahn) and colleagues—invaluable! ...


News: Event

Josh Duffee / Chauncey Morehouse: Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, March 23, 2011

JAZZ LIVES readers know Josh Duffee—or have been depriving themselves of a great pleasure if they don't. Here he is, bespectacled, serious, dapper, and swinging hard—off to the right behind a minimalist drum kit. (Who needs more?) I caught this at the 2010 Whitley Bay International Jazz Festival:


News: Recording

Do You Speak Bix? (Andy Schumm and His Bixologists at Whitley Bay 2010)

The title is not as fanciful as it seems. Bix Beiderbecke lived in and created his own world, much as Lester Young did—and it had its own private musical language. Think of the special break on SOMEBODY STOLE MY GAL, the modulation into the vocal on SUNDAY, and more. So when a group of musicians get ...


News: Opinion

A Little Softer, Please?

Although I am not traditionally religious, I think jazz and creative improvisation are holy. One of the great puzzlements for a devout jazz listener like myself is that some people in bars and clubs where musicians are playing talk through performances. Given the greater formality (and higher ticket prices) of a concert hall, this is less ...


News: Festival

Tribute to Bix Fest 2011 (March 10-13)

Phil Pospychala has remarkable stamina! His twenty-second annual musical / cultural tribute to Bix Beiderbecke, his friends, and environment, is scheduled for March 10-13, 2011. It will be held at the Marriott in Racine, Wisconsin. Appearing this year will be regulars Andy Schumm, Dave Bock, Josh Duffee, and John Otto—in an ensemble Andy promises will feature ...


News: Interview

Don't Forget Eddie Lang, Please!

Don't Forget Eddie Lang, Please!

Our '20s guitar man South Philadelphia's Eddie Lang, the “Father of Jazz Guitar" who died in 1933, lives again at Chris' Jazz Cafe. By Dan DeLuca Inquirer Music Critic From Django Reinhardt to Jimi Hendrix, the names that commonly appear on argument-starting lists of the greatest and most influential guitarists of the 20th century ...


News: Recording

Andy Farber: Making Beautiful Sounds

Andy Farber: Making Beautiful Sounds

Having a large jazz orchestra in this century has often posed challenges besides the economic ones. Many “big bands" get formed only for special occasions and are thus not well-rehearsed. Then there's the matter of repertoire: should a band made up of improvising jazz players go into the past or boldly plunge into the future, however ...


News: Performance / Tour

For Bix: Andy Schumm at Chautauqua (Sept. 18, 2010)

To those who haven't yet heard him, the delight I and others take in Andy Schumm's playing might seem a bit excessive. “Who is this young whipper-snapper? If he were any good—to paraphrase Larkin's Law of Reissues—I'd have all his Orthophonic Victors in green sleeves by now. There are no entries for ANDY SCHUMM AND HIS ...


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