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So You Think You Know Radio?

So You Think You Know Radio?

I want to apologize in advance for what's about to happen to you. I was set back for an hour yesterday, and it's almost impossible to pull me away from my work. My friend Raymond De Felitta, director of numerous films, including 'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris, is constantly on the lookout for fun. ...

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Don Cherry in Copenhagen, 1965

Don Cherry in Copenhagen, 1965

Throughout his career, Don Cherry favored the stubby but warm pocket cornet and was most closely identified with the free jazz and avant-garde jazz movements. In the late 1950s, he recorded with Ornette Coleman (Something Else!!!, Tomorrow Is the Question!, The Shape of Jazz to Come, Change of the Century, This Is Our Music), Paul Bley ...

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Leonid & Friends: Chicago

Leonid & Friends: Chicago

The first time I heard Leonid & Friends, I thought for a second they were syncing to Chicago's recordings from the early 1970s. Turns out Leonid & Friends is a Russian-Ukrainian cover band with impeccable ears and talent. Leonid is Leonid Vorobyev (third from left), a Moscow producer, bassist, transcriber and arranger. In concert, the tentet ...

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Buddy Rich on the Road, 1978

Buddy Rich on the Road, 1978

The Buddy Rich Big Band was the last great swing orchestra. The band toured relentlessly in the late 1960s, '70s and '80s, up until Rich's death in 1987. The band's ballads and barn-burners were compelling. What's more, the band had its own sound and featured sterling arrangements and captivating soloists. Rich's '78 band was particularly exceptional, ...

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Bill Evans: Live in 1972 and '73

Bill Evans: Live in 1972 and '73

As the early 1970s unfolded, rock became a viable album and entertainment business. National record chains sprang up, rock bands filled arenas and FM radio was ruled by young DJs spinning entire sides of new rock releases. A shadow began to fall over acoustic jazz as producers, promoters, marketers, publicists and others were let go or ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Alain Marquet and His Jazz Museum

Alain Marquet and His Jazz Museum

In Paris, after you've hiked up many flights of stairs to Montmartre and made your way to Sacré-Cœur, the basilica that overlooks the city, walk a little further. Along Rue du Poteau, you'll find one of the city's best kept jazz secrets. There, at No. 68, is a small shop called Jazz Museum, run by Alain ...

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Emmet Cohen Trio: Webcast Sessions

Emmet Cohen Trio: Webcast Sessions

YouTube algorithms are scary. Based on what you've watched before, these formulas automatically figure out what you should watch next. If you're a frequent YouTube user, you know what I'm talking about—those video clips perched on the right-hand side like a line of cats waiting for their heads to be stroked. A week or two ago, ...

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Lockjaw and Zoot in France, 1975

Lockjaw and Zoot in France, 1975

Imagine a concert with Dorothy Donegan on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass and Panama Francis on drums. Then add tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Zoot Sims and trumpeter Harry “Sweets" Edison in the front line. On July 19, 1975, that's exactly what happened at the Nice Jazz Festival, held at Arènes de Cimiez, a Roman ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Johnny Pacheco (1935-2021)

Johnny Pacheco (1935-2021)

Johnny Pacheco, a bandleader who championed pachanga dance music in the late 1950s and co-founded Fania Records in 1964, a label that specialized in New York Latin music and paved the way for salsa in the late '60s and early '70s, died on February 15. He was 85. Pacheco was important for several reasons. While many ...

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Herman Chittison: Pride of Stride

Herman Chittison: Pride of Stride

On Monday, when I posted my 2011 interview with Chick Corea, a comment Chick made echoed. It grabbed me when I originally wrote up the interview 10 years ago, but because I was too busy editing the text and preparing it for posting, I forgot to follow up. It was one of those situations where you ...


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