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Johnny Carson and Jazz The late and great Steve Allen, originator of the “Tonight Show” format, was well known as a jazz fan, friend to jazz musicians and a pretty decent jazz pianist. Few remember that Allen really went out on the television limb in the mid-fifties by booking folks like Billie Holiday, Lenny Bruce, Art Tatum, Charlie Parker and many others. Johnny Carson, who died at the age of 79, will be remembered as the quintessential talk show host, comic and interviewer, but Carson also continued Steve Allen’s legacy of using the power of television to further the cause of jazz. An amateur drummer since childhood, Carson was more than a fan

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Article: Interview

Billy Vera: Still In The Game

Read "Billy Vera: Still In The Game" reviewed by Scott Mitchell


It might be safe to say that a lot of people may know a little bit about Billy Vera but only a few people know a lot about Billy Vera. Billy is a singer, writer, producer, actor, Grammy winner, and music historian. He has performed with big bands, Billy And The Beaters, solo, and everything in ...

News: TV / Film

Welcome To Nutville, A Buddy Rich Documentary Fundraiser

Welcome To Nutville, A Buddy Rich Documentary Fundraiser

Cathy Rich, Brian Morgan and Alex Kluft have teamed up to bring you; Welcome to Nutville a journey into the life and after life of Buddy Rich. Who was Buddy Rich might you ask? He was arguably the greatest drummer in the existence of this planet. He started playing drums at the mere age of 18 ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Ferdinand Povel & Pete Christlieb: Live at the Amsterdam Bimhuis

Read "Ferdinand Povel & Pete Christlieb: Live at the Amsterdam Bimhuis" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Ferdinand Povel & Pete Christlieb with the Rein de Graaff TrioLive at the Amsterdam BimhuisTimeless Records2011 Put two of the world's outstanding tenor saxophonists together on the same stage, add a marvelously supple and supportive rhythm section, and what you have is a night to remember and ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore

Read "Big Band Jazz: It's Not Just for Guys Anymore" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Back in the early '90s, Stanley Kay, one-time back-up drummer for the incomparable Buddy Rich, later a manager of such artists as Maurice Hines, Michelle Lee and Paul Burke and the entertainment director for the New York Yankees, had a good idea: the time had come, he reasoned, to assemble an all-woman big band that would ...


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