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Papa Jo Jones was the drum anchor in the famous All American Rhythm Section by way of his work with Count Basie's band. Jones redefined the concept of a drummer. He lightened up on the four-beats-to-the-bar standard of bass drum playing, was possibly the first to use the ride cymbal as the main timekeeping accessory, and did all with a graceful and light touch. In the history of jazz, Jo Jones was one of the most outstanding drummers, full of sensitivity and style, in addition to an absolutely perfect drumming technique, he really knew, as very few other jazz musicians do, the history of his music. Jonathan Jones, was born 7 Oct

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

The Rebel Festival

Read "The Rebel Festival" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

On the morning of July 4, 1960, there were more than a few signs of the mayhem that had taken place the night before in Newport, Rhode Island. Newport's Millionaires Row woke up to broken store windows, overturned vehicles, and storm drains clogged with garbage and beer bottles. One-hundred-eighty-two people, mostly young, New England college students ...

Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums

Read "Prestige Records: An Alternative Top 20 Albums" reviewed by Chris May

Along with Alfred Lion's Blue Note and Orrin Keepnews' Riverside, Bob Weinstock's Prestige was at the top table of independent New York City-based jazz labels from the early 1950s until the mid 1960s. Like those other two labels, Prestige built up a profuse catalogue packed with enduring treasures. Originally a record retailer, Weinstock ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

Read "Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

Dot Time Legends Series: Is Every Night New Year's Eve Around Here?

Read "Dot Time Legends Series: Is Every Night New Year's Eve Around Here?" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

Soon after The Embers opened in New York City in late 1951, Joe Bushkin and His Quartet spent 16 memorable weeks there. With Milt Hinton and Jo Jones, Bushkin was joined by Buck Clayton on trumpet. Astoundingly, Art Tatum had a solo piano gig there at the same time. Bushkin and Tatum listened to each other ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball

Read "Nat Hentoff: The Never-Ending Ball" reviewed by Ian Patterson

This interview was first published at All About Jazz on June 23, 2010. Nat Hentoff was eleven years old when, walking down the road one day in Boston, he heard music so exciting that he shouted with pleasure and ran into the shop to learn that the music was of clarinetist Artie Shaw. In ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Dot Time Records New Release: Joe Bushkin Quartet "Live At The Embers 1952" - Available September 15, 2016

Dot Time Records New Release: Joe Bushkin Quartet "Live At The Embers 1952" - Available September 15, 2016

DOT TIME RECORDS ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE IN LEGENDS SERIES JOE BUSHKIN QUARTET Live at the Embers 1952 Featuring BUCK CLAYTON, MILT HINTON AND JO JONES Dot Time Records announces the third release of its “Legends" Series, Live at the Embers 1952- The Joe Bushkin Quartet featuring Buck Clayton, Milt Hinton ...

They Died Before 40--New Jazz Film To Make History

They Died Before 40--New Jazz Film To Make History

The Music Kept Them Alive… And Killed Them! Which jazz musician’s funeral attracted 10,000 mourners and an 80-car funeral procession? Which African American musician was forced to play at the other end of the recording studio with white musicians? The website for the film has 40 Hot Points and more. More than two dozen gifted jazz ...

ARTICLE: DRUM ADDICTION

Less Is More? Really?

Read "Less Is More? Really?" reviewed by Mat Marucci

There have been popular views by certain so-called experts that seem to have been accepted as dogma, the term “less is more" being one of them. However, as in any subject from sports to politics to science to religion, every pundit has an equal who has a contrary opinion. I, for one, am bothered by some ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan

Read "Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

As Duke Ellington's standard goes, “It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing." The rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, with guitar and percussion sometimes added) is the core of the typical jazz ensemble. They set the frame for the leader, singer, and soloists and contribute their own solos as well. Even though they ...


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