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The city of New Orleans has the distinction of being the ‘birthplace of jazz’ so its appropriate that in New Orleans in or around 1885 to 1890 would be born the self-proclaimed “inventor of jazz”. Ferdinand Joseph Lemott (Lamothe) and his story is one of mystery, legend, genius, with an incredulous outcome, and original musical score. Being considered a Creole in the Crescent City had its advantages in the fact that he was exposed to the fine arts and music as a child. He would undertake formal piano lessons with one Tony Jackson who was considered a wunderkind piano professor with exceptional musical ability, mirrored by the young student, who demonstrated an elevated level of talent, and the confidence to perform it. We pick up on his trail as he moved to Biloxi, Mississippi to stay with his godmother, and so begins life on the road


News: Book / Magazine

First Complete Discography Of Early Interracial Jazz Sessions by Stephen Provizer

First Complete Discography Of Early Interracial Jazz Sessions by Stephen Provizer

As Long As They Can Blow: Interracial Jazz Recording and Other Jive Before 1935 has just been released in print, eBook and .pdf download. Author Stephen Provizer has amassed a discography of hundreds of interracial recording sessions, which include some of the most well-known jazz musicians of the era, including Jelly Roll Morton, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie ...


Article: Album Review

Reggie Quinerly: The Thousandth Scholar

Read "The Thousandth Scholar" reviewed by Chris May

The Thousandth Scholar is Los Angeles-based drummer and composer Reggie Quinerly's fifth album, each out on his Redefinition label. Quinerly themes his albums. His debut was Music Inspired By Freedmantown (2012), a tribute to the Houston neighborhood where he was born and raised. It was followed by Invictus (2015), a salute to hard bop, Words In ...

Article: Live Review

Bologna Jazz Festival 2023

Read "Bologna Jazz Festival 2023" reviewed by Libero Farnè

Bologna Jazz Festival 2023 Bologna, Forlì, Ferrara, Modena Varie sedi 3--27.11.2023 Ron Carter, Bill Frisell, Steve Coleman, The Bad Plus, Bill Carrothers, Hiromi, Samara Joy, Joey Calderazzo, Greg Osby, David Kikoski, Mark Guiliana, James Brandon Lewis, Sullivan Fortner, Kassa Overall, Mononeon, Chris Potter, John Scofield, Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring... Bisogna ammettere ...


Article: Book Review

Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good

Read "Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good" reviewed by Andrew Hunter

Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good Con Chapman 358 pages ISBN: # 978 1 80050 282 6 Equinox Publishing Limited 2023 In January 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution came into effect, ushering in 14 years of Prohibition and, inadvertently, a golden ...


Article: History of Jazz

Which Came First—Jazz or Baseball?

Read "Which Came First—Jazz or Baseball?" reviewed by Con Chapman

Baseball and jazz rank high among the objects of my affection, and have several things in common: Both are distinctively American products with foreign roots; both are inexhaustible sources of enjoyment, at least to me; and both are popular in the best sense of that word, with broad appeal across ages, races and classes.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn

Read "Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington & Lena Horn" reviewed by Joe Dimino

In honor of the 2022 book Dangerous Rhythms by New York Times best selling author T.J English, we constructed an hour of jazz celebrating the story of his intersection of the mob and the music. It starts in Chicago with the great King Oliver and ends in New York City with Jimmy Durante. In between, we ...


Article: Book Excerpts

Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good

Read "Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good" reviewed by Con Chapman

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 “Stomp to Swing" and Chapter 3 “Bennie Moten and His Competitors" from Con Chapman's Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good (Equinox, 2023). Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once wrote that he couldn't define pornography, but he knew it when he saw ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Burrell: Harlem Rhapsody

Read "Harlem Rhapsody" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It would be an error to characterize pianist Dave Burrell as a witness to history. Avant-garde jazz history that is. The octogenarian was heard in the 1960s groups of Marion Brown, Pharoah Sanders, Noah Howard, Archie Shepp, Sonny Sharrock, Sunny Murray, and Grachan Moncur III, while also exchanging ideas in New York with Albert Ayler, Sam ...


Article: Album Review

Dr. John: The Montreux Years

Read "The Montreux Years" reviewed by Dave Linn

New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz. In the late 1800s, the city was a melting pot of different cultures, including African, European, and Caribbean. This cultural diversity had a profound impact on the music of the city. The new sounds of Dixieland and ragtime became the foundation in the evolution of jazz. Artists such ...


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