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News: Interview

Interview: Brian Charette on 'Jackpot'

Interview: Brian Charette on 'Jackpot'

Brian Charette knows his way around an organ. He began playing a Hammond M3 in high school but didn't graduate to the B3 until he moved to New York at age 20. While gigging in the city, he was schooled by Brother Jack McDuff in Harlem at Showman's Jazz Club. Brian also knows how to write ...

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News: Video / DVD

Backgrounder: Horace Silver, 'Horace-Scope'

Backgrounder: Horace Silver, 'Horace-Scope'

One of my favorite Horace Silver albums is Horace-Scope. Recorded on July 8 and 9 in 1960, the Horace Silver Quintet at the time consisted of Horace Silver on piano, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor saxophone, Gene Taylor on bass and Roy Brooks on drums. The tracks are Strollin', Where You At?, Don ...

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News: Recording

Hank Mobley in Holland, 1968

Hank Mobley in Holland, 1968

Tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley is as beloved as Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. And for good reason. Mobley recorded for Blue Note throughout the 1950s and '60s, and for Cobblestone in 1972, and he appears on many albums as a leader and sideman. Though not a jazz game-changer in the same regard as Sonny and Coltrane, ...

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News: Video / DVD

Chet Baker in Paris in June 1980

Chet Baker in Paris in June 1980

On June 25, 1980, trumpeter Chet Baker was in Paris on tour. That night, he performed at the Dreher Club, located in the basement of the building at 1 Rue Saint-Denis, at the corner of Place du Châtelet. He was backed by Nicola Stilo on flute, Karl Ratzer on guitar, Ricardo Del Fra on bass and ...

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News: Video / DVD

WDR Big Band: 'Watching the River Flow'

WDR Big Band: 'Watching the River Flow'

I almost never post on music that isn't out yet, but when I received this video clip last night from Michael Bloom, I couldn't wait. The clip features Germany's WDR Big Band conducted and arranged by Michael Abene, with drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Eddie Gomez and baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber. Soloists are Karolina Strassmayer on alto ...

News: Video / DVD

Song Dive: "Two Different Worlds"

Song Dive: "Two Different Worlds"

Sid Wayne and Al Frisch wrote and published Two Different Worlds in 1956. Don Rondo, a pop vocalist with an operatic style, was first to record the song, which reached No. 11 on Billboard's singles chart in the fall of that year. Here's Rondo's single... Here's Rondo on To Tell the Truth in February 1957 at ...

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News: TV / Film

CBS News Eyewitness: The New Beat, 1962

CBS News Eyewitness: The New Beat, 1962

On November 21, 1962, at the height of the new youthful presidency of John F. Kennedy, a bossa nova concert was held at New York's Carnegie Hall. The bossa nova had already become a hit in the U.S. thanks to Stan Getz's Jazz Samba released in April of that year. The purpose of the autumn event ...

News: Video / DVD

Video: Burrell, Kessel and Green

Video: Burrell, Kessel and Green

In October 1969, jazz guitarists Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessel and Grant Green were on a brief tour in Europe. Backed by Larry Ridley on bass and Don Lamond on drums, the quintet performed on a French TV show with a live audience that, for some reason, never aired. The music appeared more recently on the album ...

News: Music Industry

The Six: Complete Recordings, 1954-;56

The Six: Complete Recordings, 1954-;56

Not many jazz fans are familiar with the Six, a progressive jazz sextet in the mid-1950s with roots in Dixieland of the late 1940s. The migration from one style to another was an interesting one, with personnel changes and a shift in feel. What's especially enlightening is the line that runs from Dixieland to bop. Both ...

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News: Video / DVD

Dinah Washington: 'Bargain Day'

Dinah Washington: 'Bargain Day'

I wish someone would discover previously unreleased live Dinah Washington recordings. She was such a towering force in popular music, matched only by Nat King Cole. In the late 1940s, after leaving Lionel Hampton's band in 1945, she soon became known as “Queen of the Jukebox"—for her large number of hits and for her forceful voice ...


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