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Article: Just For Fun

Herbie Hancock In $3 Million 'Watermelon' Fight

Read "Herbie Hancock In $3 Million 'Watermelon' Fight" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Jazz legend Herbie Hancock knows better than most that jazz is the sound of surprise, after all, the 81-year-old pianist has sprung plenty of musical surprises in a glittering six-decade-career that has seen him embrace modal jazz, hard-bop, jazz-funk and electronic disco. But imagine Hancock's surprise when he was recently hit with a $3 million lawsuit... ...

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Jimmy Page and Billy Gibbons Jazz Album Set For Upcoming Release

Read "Jimmy Page and Billy Gibbons Jazz Album Set For Upcoming Release" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


During the past few years, Blue Note Records has attracted new listeners by offering albums by emerging artists while repackaging many of their classic releases. Series such as the Tone Poet and Classic Vinyl reissues have proven particularly successful. Now, in an attempt to reach an even broader audience, Blue Note has decided to invite non-jazz ...

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Miles Davis: Recently discovered 52 year old tapes to be released this summer

Read "Miles Davis: Recently discovered 52 year old tapes to be released this summer" reviewed by Alan Bryson


Newly discovered tapes of Miles Davis from 1969 are set for release this summer. The unlikely tapes are from an informal jam session at the home of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. This was a transitional period for Davis, who in Sept. of 1968 had married 23 year old Betty Mabry, a model/singer/songwriter and prominent ...

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Sinatra In Vegas With Sun Ra Discovery

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Atomic! Sun Ra and Frank Sinatra at The Sands, a previously unknown 1966 recording of the Intergalactic Navigator onstage with The Chairman of the Board, was released today in a joint venture by Blue Note and Mobile Fidelity. “We didn't know if it was real when we first found these recordings. Had we been had? Or ...

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Article: Jazz Primer

10 Fun Facts about Jazz

Read "10 Fun Facts about Jazz" reviewed by Ellie Mckinsey


Jazz is one of the most popular music genres today. However, many people don't know what makes a song jazz, rather than blues or pop, nor do they know the genre's long and interesting history. jny: New Orleans is the definitive birthplace of jazz, where Black musicians started combining ragtime, French quadrilles, biguines, brass-band ...

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Jazz Snacks for the Pandemic

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Jazz fanatics are particularly egregious eaters—too busy listening to pay much attention to food. I believe this array of sweet treats will satisfy even the most ludicrously undeveloped jazz palates. Jack the Gummy Bear Baby Dodds Ruth Junior Cook Mints Chick Webb-lets Almond Joy Spring Twix Beiderbecke Pete Jolly Ranchers Tootie Heath Bars ...

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Article: Just For Fun

Love Jazz, Hate Jazz

Read "Love Jazz, Hate Jazz" reviewed by Michael Ricci


Years ago, when I dabbled in cartooning, I developed a presentation style where the character on the left makes a statement with a speech balloon while the character on the right responds with a thought balloon--always in sharp contrast. I had a lot of fun with it. Here, illustrator Keith Henry Brown and I ...

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Just for Fun

Label: Arbors Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Unimpressed; G Jazz Blues; Day by Day; Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise; I Love You; Samba de Orfeu; Autumn Leaves; Airegin; Yardbird Suite; I Thought About You; Green Dolphin Street; Magic Lamp.

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Doug MacDonald: Just for Fun

Read "Just for Fun" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While there are no household names on guitarist Doug MacDonald's new 2-CD set, Just for Fun (alto saxophonist Lanny Morgan or perhaps drummer Roy McCurdy may come closest), the sidemen he has chosen for a lively concert date billed as a “jazz marathon" are more than likely among the more accomplished jazz musicians you've seldom or ...

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Chuck Hedges: Just for Fun

Read "Just for Fun" reviewed by J. Robert Bragonier


Some elitists persist in thinking that, despite the history of the art form, legitimate jazz today is only made in New York City. Others will agree in concept only if the West Coast is included as well. For those who disagree with both groups, Arbors Records has been a boon. Many releases on this label feature ...


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