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Johnny Mathis

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The fourth of seven children, John Royce Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas to Clem and Mildred Mathis. As a small boy, the family moved to Post Street in San Francisco. It was there that he learned an appreciation of music from his father who taught him his first song, “My Blue Heaven”. At age eight, his father purchased an old upright piano for $25. When he brought it home, it wouldn't fit through the front door. So that evening, Johnny stayed up all night to watch his father dismantle the piano, get it into the small living room of their basement apartment and then reassemble it

Album

Let There Be Love

Label: Alan Franke Records
Released: 2021

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News: Recording

4-Time Grammy Winner Gordon Goodwin Returns With New 5-Song Ep

4-Time Grammy Winner Gordon Goodwin Returns With New 5-Song Ep

Multiple Grammy/Emmy Award winner Gordon Goodwin returns to forefront of adventurous compositions and modern jazz with The Reset, an urgent and topical 5-song EP, a bold foray into the intersection of composition and improvisation, a futuristic excursion brimming with purpose and cursive. From the 7-minute title track, which seems to channel the ethos of Chick Corea’s ...

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Article: Hardly Strictly Jazz

Marty Sheller: The Name Behind The Sound You All Know, Part 1

Read "Marty Sheller: The Name Behind The Sound You All Know, Part 1" reviewed by Skip Heller


There are certain musicians who embody eras, even if they're not the player with their picture on the cover. In our contemporary musical climate, Greg Leisz comes to mind. Since 1991, he has popped up on hundreds of acclaimed albums, and without ever really changing his style, he has become centrifugal beyond the considerations of genre ...

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Video

I've Completely Lost My Sense of Time!

Featuring the music of Randy Waldman
Duration: 3:59

Produced & Arranged by Randy Waldman (arrangement adapted from Billy Byers' "Get Me to the Church On Time"); Lyrics by Dave Tull. With Randy Waldman: piano and trumpets; Kenny G: saxophones; Bob McChesney: trombones; Carlitos del Puerto: bass; Dave Tull: drums; plus specials guests including Johnny Mathis, Dolly Parton, Jon Lovitz, Ray Romano, Bill Burr, Martin Short, Nicollette Sheridan, Norman Lear and more!
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Article: Album Review

Anthony Jefferson: All I Am

Read "All I Am" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Male vocal artists such as Al Jarreau, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Lou Rawls, Brook Benton, et al maintained the vibrancy of the classic crooners of the Golden Age—Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, et al. With All I Am Anthony Jefferson does a superb job of artistically paying tribute to many of these iconic names—and ...

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Article: Album Review

Nat King Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Before pianist/vocalist Nat King Cole had a career as a pop crooner--his many hits included “All for You," “The Christmas Song," “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66," “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," “Nature Boy" and “Mona Lisa" (the No. 1 song in 1950)--he led a successful jazz trio which featured both his piano playing and ...

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Article: Bailey's Bundles

Christmas 2015 V: A Concord Christmas – David Benoit, Jane Monheit and the Count Basie Orchestra

Read "Christmas 2015 V: A Concord Christmas – David Benoit, Jane Monheit and the Count Basie Orchestra" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Well, it ain't over 'til it's over...The Concord Music Group issued two notable Holiday releases. The David Benoit Trio with Jane Monheit and the All American Boys Chorus Believe Concord 2015 What Believe is, is a slick updating of Vince Guraladi's A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, ...

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Article: Interview

Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart

Read "Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Even for a musician who has been playing and singing since age six, Paul Jost has just come through one exceptional year. First, he released his debut with The Jost Project, Can't Find My Way Home (2013, Dot.Time Records), featuring the leader on vocals, harmonica and guitar, with drummer Charlie Patierno, double bassist Kevin ...

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Article: Interview

Steve Wilson: Lifetime of Study

Read "Steve Wilson: Lifetime of Study" reviewed by George Colligan


[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] I'm very happy to have the opportunity to interview a musician that I've worked with a lot over the years. When people say that a musician has worked with everybody in the business, Steve Wilson has literally worked with everyone in ...


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