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Jimmy Owens

At three years of age, Jimmy loved to listen to Jazz. As he tells it, “I’d choose a 78 from my father’s Jazz collection and play it on the Victrola. A particular favorite of mine was a picture record of Charlie Shavers performing “She’s Funny That Way” on one side and “Dizzy’s Dilemma” on the other side. Or I’d choose Duke Ellington’s “Stompy Jones” or “Tulip or Turnip.” Then my father would scoop me up in his arms and we’d dance! The best part, though, was seeing the reflection of me dancing with my daddy in the living room mirror. It was a great feeling.” At fifteen, Donald Byrd, his mentor, arranged for Jimmy to audition for a place in the Newport Youth Band

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle

Read "Generation Next: Four Voices From Seattle" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Each generation, an insidious notion arises, and is passed about the musical world that jazz music, the only uniquely American art form is somehow experiencing a slow, but certain death. Inevitably, this notion is set aside, and somehow projected forward in time, as a new generation of artists rise to the occasion, not only facilitating the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Marco Pesatori, sotto le stelle del jazz

Read "Marco Pesatori, sotto le stelle del jazz" reviewed by Rosarita Crisafi

Marco Pesatori è un noto astrologo italiano e un intellettuale eclettico. Scrittore, laureato in Storia della critica d'arte con una tesi sul movimento Dada, è stato collaboratore di Gianni Sassi nella Cooperativa Intrapresa, un laboratorio che influenzò profondamente la cultura e l'industria discografica italiana ed europea a cavallo tra gli anni '70 e '80. Nel suo ...

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The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis

Read "The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis" reviewed by Chris Smith

The following is an excerpt from “Chapter 13: Opening Night at the Village Vanguard" of The View from the Back of the Band: The Life and Music of Mel Lewis by Chris Smith (University of North Texas Press, 2014). In November of 1965, Thad and Mel quickly put together a list of the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Eyal Vilner Big Band: Almost Sunrise

Read "Almost Sunrise" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Suddenly, it seems, the state of Israel has become a focal point and incubator for contemporary jazz. A new wave of world-class musicians led by the three Cohens (not to be confused with Broadway's three Cohans) has crossed the ocean to plant the Israeli flag firmly in the midst of what was once considered an unassailable ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Marquis Hill Wins the Thelonious Monk Competition

Marquis Hill Wins the Thelonious Monk Competition

The winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition is Marquis Hill. Raised on the south side of jny: Chicago, Mr. Hill, 27, is a veteran of that city’s jazz scene and a product of its institutions—he earned a masters degree in jazz pedagogy from DePaul University and plays in the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. He’s ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chico Hamilton: The Inquiring Mind

Read "The Inquiring Mind" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Chico Hamilton ci ha lasciato un affascinante testamento musicale, realizzato lo scorso anno all'età di 92 anni, qualche mese prima di morire. Il titolo del disco sottolinea la caratteristica saliente della mente del batterista e compositore: quella vivace curiosità che l'ha mantenuto spiritualmente giovane ed ha alimentato l'eclettismo del suo stile. Chico non ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Claudio Filippini: Facing North

Read "Claudio Filippini: Facing North" reviewed by Robin Arends

Pianist Claudio Filippini, born in Pescara in 1982, is one of the bright young stars of Italian jazz. With his album The Enchanted Garden (CAM Jazz, 2011) he was hailed as the new “wonder boy" of Italian jazz. Now he is regarded as a pianist/composer of international stature, with his album Facing North (CAM Jazz, 2013) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear the Sound

Read "I Hear the Sound" reviewed by Chris May

Recorded in France in 2012 and 2013, I Hear the Sound is a live recording of saxophonist Archie Shepp's oratorio, “Attica Blues," co-written and arranged with Cal Massey in 1971, which was first heard on an Impulse! album a year later. Most of that album, Attica Blues, is revisited, with some adjustments to the running order ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ron Aprea: Passion Supreme

Read "Ron Aprea: Passion Supreme" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Ron Aprea is a saxophonist's saxophonist. After all, none less than the late, great Frank Foster called him friend, confidant, section mate and leader. And Foster wasn't alone in this regard. Aprea has been a mainstay and graced the sax section in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and many others. A multi-faceted musician with ...


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