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Leroy Vinnegar

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Leroy Vinnegar - acoustic double bass (1928 - 1999) Regarded as the ‘Master of the Walking Bass,’ Leroy Vinnegar was a mainstay on jazz recording sessions from 1952 on where he was on over 600 dates. His signature walking bass was the foundation for his impeccable sense of swing, which has gone on to influence several generations of players. Vinnegar was born into a musically inclined family in Indianapolis, Indiana, on July 13, 1928. His earliest musical education came from the radio, on which he listened religiously to the great bands of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. His two sisters played piano, and young Leroy thought that might be his instrument as well

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Leroy Vinnegar Walks

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2024
Track listing: Walk On; Would You Like to Take a Walk; On the Sunny Side of the Street; Walking; Walking' My Baby Back Home; I'll Walk Alone; Walking' By The River

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Article: Interview

Les McCann: Never Say No Again

Read "Les McCann: Never Say No Again" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


"Be who you are and not who you ain't. Because when you are who you ain't, you're not who you are." Keyboardist, vocalist, bandleader, songwriter and photographer Les McCann really talks like this. About his music, about musicians, about his career--about everything. I learned this during the following interview, scheduled to discuss Omnivore Records' ...

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Go West! The Contemporary Records Albums

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: I'm An Old Cowhand; Solitude; Come, Gone; Wagon Wheels; There is No Greater Love; Way Out West; I've Told Ev'ry Little Star; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody; How High the Moon; You; I've Found A New Baby; Along Together; In the Chapel in the Moonlight; The Song is You; I'm An Old Cowhand (alternate); Come, Gone (alternate); Way Out West (alternate); The Song is You; You (alternate); I've Found a New Baby (alternate).

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Modern Jazz Performances Of Songs From My Fair Lady

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: Get Me To The Church On Time; On The Street Where You Live; I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face; Wouldn't It Be Loverly; Ascot Gavotte; Show Me; With A Little Bit of Luck; I Could Have Danced All Night.

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day Black Friday 2023: Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day Black Friday 2023: Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


For many, Black Friday conjures up images of massive crowds battling each other to get their hands on marked down gift items at huge department stores. For record collectors, though, the scene is much less dramatic because Black Friday is one of two yearly Record Store Day drops. This is where limited run albums hit the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

String Players: Steve Swallow, Charles Mingus and More

Read "String Players: Steve Swallow, Charles Mingus and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This program showcases string players, mostly guitarists and bassists, as bandleaders, composers, and soloists. The featured players include Steve Swallow, Charles Mingus, Avishai Cohen, Joe Venuti, and Chris Lightcap. (Please excuse the brief pause after the first track.) Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & ...

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Article: Album Review

Leroy Vinnegar: Leroy Vinnegar Walks

Read "Leroy Vinnegar Walks" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


Chances are good that the name of bassist Leroy Vinnegar does not ring much of a bell among contemporary audiences. He does not have the cachet of a Ray Brown or an Oscar Pettiford, two names that a lot of professional bassists will instantly recognize, along with Scott LaFaro, with whom Vinnegar all too briefly overlapped. ...

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News: Recording

Leon Lee Dorsey's 'Freedom Jazz Dance' with Mike Clark and Manuel Valera is out August 20, 2021 via Jazz Avenue 1

Leon Lee Dorsey's 'Freedom Jazz Dance' with Mike Clark and Manuel Valera is out August 20, 2021 via Jazz Avenue 1

Jazz Avenue 1 is proud to announce the August 20, 2021 release of Freedom Jazz Dance by veteran bassist Leon Lee Dorsey, drummer extraordinaire Mike Clark and brilliant Cuban-born pianist Manuel Valera. Dedicated to the late Puerto Rican-born piano master Hilton Ruiz, whom Dorsey regularly played with in his last years (appearing on 2004’s A New ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Will Lyle

Read "Take Five with Will Lyle" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Will Lyle Born in Southern California, Will began studying cello when he was three and also played drums, guitar, piano and percussion, taking up the electric bass at the age of 12. “I had aspirations to become a producer and I originally went to Berklee for musical production, but during my freshman year I heard ...


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