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Ella Fitzgerald in Holland, 1974

Ella Fitzgerald in Holland, 1974

If Martians turned up at my front door and asked for a single example of jazz that would make them understand and feel what all the fuss was about, I'd invite the green visitors from the red planet in, I'l sit them down in front of my iMac and show them this 50-minute video from 1974 ...

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New Video: David Oquendo

New Video: David Oquendo

Today you're in for a treat. Cuba's filin movement began in the late 1940s and lasted into the 1960s. It was a particular way of singing a ballad so that it sounded extra romantic and passionate, what we'd call crooning. Filin (pronounced FEEL-in) came out of the steamy bolero and canción and the 19th century trova, ...

News: Recording

Dance Along With Basie, 1959

Dance Along With Basie, 1959

You won't find one of my favorite Thad Jones albums listed under his name. It's Dance Along With Basie, recorded for Roulette at the tail end of the 1950s. Cut over four sessions during the December holiday season in 1959, the album features mostly mid-tempo, swinging arrangements of standards. They're all strikes and perfect for a ...

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New Video: Bill Evans in Belgium

New Video: Bill Evans in Belgium

In June 1972, Bill Evans and Eddie Gomez were at Club Thalamus in the Schaerbeek section of Brussels, Belgium. On drums, Evans hired Tony Oxley, an English avant-garde player. The gig was taped by Belgian TV. Evans and Gomez's European tour came just weeks after Evans recorded Living Time with George Russell, his last album for ...

News: TV / Film

Documentary: Ronnie Scott and His Club

Documentary: Ronnie Scott and His Club

You may not have played Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club as a musician or had the pleasure of hearing jazz artists perform there. And even if you have, who knows when you'll be back given the pandemic in Europe. For now, here's a solid documentary, Ronnie Scott and His World Famous Jazz Club, written and directed by ...

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New Videos: Dave Pell Octet

New Videos: Dave Pell Octet

Between 1943 and 1947, tenor saxophonist Dave Pell started out recording with big bands led by Bobby Sherwood, Tony Pastor and Bob Crosby. Then in late '47, he joined the Les Brown Orchestra, where he remained until 1955. In '53, Dave began recording with an octet he formed made up of Brown bandmates. Here's what Dave ...

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Reza Khan

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A socially conscious musical citizen of the world, Reza Khan has a long-established history of blazing fresh trails, pushing limits and finding unique ways to redefine what is possible in contemporary jazz. Working with some of the genre’s most revered sidemen, the Bangladesh born and raised, NYC-based composer/guitarist has, since his 2009 debut Painted Diaries, taken a freewheeling approach to creating his dynamic, infectious yet unpredictable fusion of pop, jazz, soul and world music influences. Having scored his first Billboard Top Ten single with “Drop of Faith” from his critically acclaimed fifth album Next Train Home, the most logical approach moving ahead would have been a slick, in the pocket urban/smooth jazz session

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Sonny Stitt and Oscar Peterson

Sonny Stitt and Oscar Peterson

I love Oscar Peterson's playing. I'm just never crazy about his tempos. As the leader on recording sessions with his trio or quartet, Peterson tended to take songs excruciatingly slow or erratically fast. I'm not sure why Verve and Pablo producer Norman Granz never bothered to mention this to him over a dinner or from the ...

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Bill Evans in Rochester, N.Y., 1977

Bill Evans in Rochester, N.Y., 1977

Over the weekend, pianist Dave Thompson sent along a link to a recently uploaded, hour-long video of the Bill Evans Trio in concert in 1977. While the person who uploaded it thought the performance took place in Boston, it actually was held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. Based on my additional research, Evans performed ...

News: Interview

Interview: Lucy Yeghiazaryan

Interview: Lucy Yeghiazaryan

I discovered Lucy Yeghiazaryan by accident a month or so ago. I was flying through Facebook before turning in for the night and there she was, singing away. I was most struck by her 1950s phrasing. She clearly had done quite a bit of intensive listening. I also was curious about her Armenian past and how ...


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