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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

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Article: Genius Guide to Jazz

Top 10 Moments in Jazz History

Read "Top 10 Moments in Jazz History" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius


This article was originally published at All About Jazz on November 12, 2018. 10. In 1956, while in the throes of kicking his heroin addiction and late for a gig, Miles Davis picks up a small black snake that had wandered into his Missouri home and—thinking it is just a hallucination—mistakes for a clip-on ...

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Article: Album Review

Remi Toulon 5tet: The Crave

Read "The Crave" reviewed by Martin McFie


French pianist Remi Toulon has played and travelled with bassist Jean-luc Arramy and drummer Vincent Frade for many years. They are joined on this recording by Sebastien Charlier, who takes the diatonic harmonica out of its usual blues setting, and ventures into this more complex harmonic environment. Also in the quintet is Ze Luis Nascimento, a ...

Article: Live Review

Helga Plankensteiner - Achille Succi quintet a Milano

Read "Helga Plankensteiner - Achille Succi quintet a Milano" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Helga Plankensteiner--Achille Succi quintet: Jelly Roll Morton Tribute Atelier Musicale / Risveglio in Musica, XXVII stagione Camera del lavoro Milano 5.3.2022 Si era autoproclamato “inventore del jazz." Di lui, il clarinettista Omar Simeon diceva che “poteva confermare tutto ciò che diceva con quello che faceva". Duke Ellington gli riconosceva invece ...

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Article: What is Jazz?

Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance

Read "Jazz Returns to Seattle's Central District: Two Evenings of Black Brilliance" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There is a miracle on the corner of 12th Avenue and Jackson St. in what is now Seattle's “Little Saigon." In what was a traditional African American and Jewish community before the influx of Vietnamese, Cambodian and Laotian immigrants after the war in Southeast Asia in the early 1980's, this urban crossroads was the main pulse ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla

Read "Vince Guaraldi’s Christmas Sauce: Adding Spice to Charlie Brown Vanilla" reviewed by Arthur R George


It's not simply that pianist Vince Guaraldi slipped jazz past the unsuspecting in composing A Charlie Brown Christmas, the evergreen “Peanuts" animation and soundtrack that has become inescapably part of the holiday. First broadcast in 1965, going on to six decades ago, A Charlie Brown Christmas is a tradition unto itself. It returns to television through ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jelly Roll Morton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jelly Roll Morton

All About Jazz is celebrating Jelly Roll Morton's birthday today! 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, ...

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Article: Highly Opinionated

Jazz Inside And Out: Select Posts from 2013-2015

Read "Jazz Inside And Out: Select Posts from 2013-2015" reviewed by John Goodman


Here's a selection of posts from my now-discontinued blog, Jazz Inside and Out. I started writing it in summer 2013 and persisted for about six years. As 2016 rolled around, like many others I got quite taken over by politics, and my posts reflected that. Readership went up, jazz took a sabbatical. Politics and ...

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Article: Interview

Emmet Cohen: Hail the Piano Player

Read "Emmet Cohen: Hail the Piano Player" reviewed by Zachary Weg


In a plain, gray building off Edgecombe Avenue in Harlem, pianist, Emmet Cohen, gently hammers on his instrument, head bopping to the drum hits and bass thuds that reverberate along the plant-lined walls of his apartment. Thirty years old and one of the finest piano players to emerge in decades, the Miami-born and Montclair, New Jersey-raised ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...


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