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Johnny Frigo

Johnny Frigo was born in 1916 on the south side of Chicago. His earliest gigs were playing string bass and tuba in nightclubs and amusement parks. In the early 1940's, Johnny played bass in the Chico Marx Orchestra. During WWII, Johnny joined the Coast Guard and played with Al Haig and Kai Winding. After the war, Johnny was called to play with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Afterward, he formed a group to play at the Stuyvesant Hotel in Buffalo, the Soft Winds Trio with Herb Ellis on guitar and Lou Carter on piano. "That became a phenomenal trio. We were all single, rehearsing like crazy, and were playing that George Shearing sound before George even had it

ARTICLE: RADIO

This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children

Read "This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Fathers Day broadcast included new releases from Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Roxy Coss, Anat Cohen and Camila Meza, with birthday shout outs to the songwriters Irene Higgenbotham, Ivan Lins and Cy Coleman, pianists Geri Allen, Monika Herzig and Daryl Sherman, vocalists Nancy King, Alicia Olatuja, and harpist Carol Robbins, among others. Plus we hear from some ...

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Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica: Jazz and the Italian American Experience

A book by Bill Dal Cerro and David Anthony Witter. Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Louie Bellson, Lennie Tristano, Tony Bennett, Buddy DeFranco, Flip Phillips, and Joe Lovano: These are just some of the hundreds of musicians of Italian descent whose talents have enriched jazz. Bebop, Swing, and Bella Musica is more than just a book about ...

Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names

Read "Pointing Fingers... And Naming Names" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As the countdown continues toward the last Big Band Report in June, the time has come to point fingers and name names--in other words, to compile a short list of contemporary jazz musicians who have risen above the norm to help make life more pleasurable for one devoted listener. These are, mind you, personal choices, and ...

NEWS: RADIO

Australian Songstress Nina Ferro This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Australian Songstress Nina Ferro This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz: Australian songstress Nina Ferro offers up a program of jazz ballads and sophisticated standards. The program is distributed in the US by Public Radio International, on Sirius/XM satellite radio and can be streamed on-demand from the Riverwalk Jazz website. A native of Melbourne, Nina Ferro started singing at the age of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

16th Litchfield Jazz Festival: Kent, CT, August 5-7, 2011

Read "16th Litchfield Jazz Festival: Kent, CT, August 5-7, 2011" reviewed by Sandy Ingham

Litchfield Jazz Festival Kent, CT August 5-7, 2011 “I like to save the best for last," saxophonist Jimmy Heath told the crowd near the end of his big band's grand finale set at the Litchfield Jazz Festival on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011. It was a successful strategy, not only for Heath's ...

Take Five With Solitaire Miles

Read "Take Five With Solitaire Miles" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Solitaire Miles“Solitaire Miles captivates an audience with mesmeric tone, playful, conversational phrasing, and a sinuous sense of swing. Miles has a voice that grabs you, and demands to be listened to. Her natural, unaffected delivery never draws attention to itself, allowing the craft of the song writers to shine through." Tamara Dailey, Chicago ...

Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed!

Label: Arbors Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: I Concentrate on You; Poor Butterfly; Cheek to Cheek; What is There to Say?; Nobody Else But Me; Try a Little Tenderness/Sweet and Lovely; Hair on the G-String; I Love You; Too Late Now/Street of Dreams; She Loves Me; Crystal Silence; Tanga; What'll I Do?

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johnny Frigo: Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed!

Read "Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed!" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Funny how somethings are so stereotyped that they surprise you when they break the mold. Take the violin, for instance. A beautiful instrument to say the least. One of the best 'supporting actors' so-to-speak in a musical setting--particularly a Jazz ensemble. The Johnny Frigo comes along and shows what a violin can ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Johnny Frigo: Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed!

Read "Johnny Frigo's DNA Exposed!" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Funny how somethings are so stereotyped that they surprise you when they break the mold. Take the violin, for instance. A beautiful instrument to say the least. One of the best 'supporting actors' so-to-speak in a musical setting--particularly a Jazz ensemble. The Johnny Frigo comes along and shows what a violin can be with ...


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