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John Kirby led a most unusual group during the height of the big-band era, a sextet comprised of trumpeter Charlie Shavers, clarinetist Buster Bailey, altoist Russell Procope, pianist Billy Kyle, drummer O'Neil Spencer and his own bass. Although Shavers and Bailey could be quite extroverted, the tightly arranged ensembles tended to be very cool-toned and introverted yet virtuosic. Kirby, originally a tuba player, switched to bass in 1930 when he joined Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra. He was one of the better bassists of the 1930s, playing with Henderson (1930-33 and 1935-36) and Chick Webb's big band (1933-35). John Kirby was born in Winchester, VA in 1908 and died in Hollywood, California in 1952

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Classic Jazz, Past and Present

Read "Classic Jazz, Past and Present" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


From May 2021, a show of all pre-bebop classic jazz, performed by musicians from that era as well as more recent players. Some of the performers on the show are Ethel Waters, Artie Shaw, Manhattan Transfer, Maryann Price, Louis Armstrong and Turk Murphy with Lord Buckley. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mary Lou Williams, James Moody & More

Read "Mary Lou Williams, James Moody & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start everything off with the talented veteran North Carolina jazz pianist Claire Ritter with the title track off her 2018 CD Eclipse Orange. Then we hear from her mentor Mary Lou Williams, a new one from Branford Marsalis and his Quartet and some solid groove with the great John Kirby leading The Biggest ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Iron Men

Read "Iron Men" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


We end 2018 with a bang as the podcast celebrates its sixth--or iron--anniversary. Did you give your significant other a rose dipped in metal for your sixth? If you didn't, shame on you! Get dipping--it's never too late. As per usual at these shindigs, we discuss groups comprised of the number of musicians that the anniversary ...

Article: Album Review

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II

Read "Book Of Rhapsodies Vol. II" reviewed by Luca Casarotti


Nel 2006 il compositore, arrangiatore e polistrumentista Brian Carpenter ha fondato a Brooklyn la Gost Train Orchestra, con la quale si è adoperato per recuperare e dare nuova vita ad alcuni momenti non molto frequentati del jazz delle origini. Questo Book of Rhapsodies Vol. 2 (il vol. 1 è del 2013) è il quarto disco dell'ensemble: ...

Article: Album Review

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Hot Town

Read "Hot Town" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Brian Carpenter e la sua Ghost Train Orchestra proseguono la meritevole opera di recupero e talvolta di riscoperta della musica americana della prima metà del secolo scorso. Se nel precedente Book of Rhapsody l'attenzione era rivolta a quegli autori -Alec Wilder, John Kirby tra gli altri -alla ricerca di una via che apparentasse il jazz tradizionale ...

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Article: Live Review

Live From Birmingham: Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Bruce Coates, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands

Read "Live From Birmingham: Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Bruce Coates, John Edwards, Mark Sanders, GoGo Penguin & Mammal Hands" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Amy Roberts/Richard Exall Jazz Band Solihull British Legion March 8, 2015 Shockingly, this regular club at Solihull British Legion, so accustomed to traditional New Orleans trotters, had booked a band that specialises in jazz from a slightly later time period. Precedents already existed, though, and the regulars have ...

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Article: Album Review

Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra: Book of Rhapsodies

Read "Book of Rhapsodies" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


Prendete la musica di quattro formazioni operanti nella fervida scena musicale americana degli anni Trenta e Quaranta, un ensemble di undici musicisti tra cui spiccano i nomi del leader Brian Carpenter, del sassofonista Andy Laster, del trombonista Curtis Hasselbring, un gruppo vocale di sei elementi, prestate attenzione al titolo e avrete un'idea della musica contenuta in ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Carpenter: In Between The Cracks

Read "Brian Carpenter: In Between The Cracks" reviewed by DanMichael Reyes


To write that Brian Carpenter has had an interesting career would be an incomplete statement since he holds so many. By day Carpenter is an engineer, but there's also his radio shows, his acting career, a film he's working on about Albert Ayler, his band Brian Carpenter and the Confessions where he sings and composes, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Buster Bailey: All About Memphis

Read "All About Memphis" reviewed by Andrew J. Sammut


Buster Bailey's skill as both an improviser and section man made him a shoo-in for some of the best gigs in jazz history. Starting, from his teenage years, with W.C. Handy, steady employment under King Oliver, Fletcher Henderson, John Kirby and Louis Armstrong also left the clarinetist little time (perhaps need) to record as a leader. ...


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