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Lionel Hampton

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Lionel Hampton is one of the most extraordinary musicians of the 20th century and his artistic achievements symbolize the impact that jazz music has had on our culture in the 21st century. He was born April 20, 1908 in Louisville, Kentucky. His father, Charles Hampton, a promising pianist and singer, was reported missing and later declared killed in World War I. Lionel and his mother, Gertrude, first moved to Birmingham, Alabama, to be with her family, then settled in Chicago. He attended the Holy Rosary Academy, near Kenosha, Wisconsin, where a Dominican sister give him his first drum lessons. Later, while attending St

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ray Gallon and Kenny Washington

Read "Ray Gallon and Kenny Washington" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We kick off our 715th Episode of Neon Jazz with the veteran New York City pianist Ray Gallon. The music keeps on getting better here in 2021 and we profile artists including Alyssa Allgood, Mara Rosenbloom and Jeremy Monteiro. In between new tracks, we have older cats that influenced them from the likes of Ari Hoenig, ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Piano Music

Read "Recent Piano Music" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Small groups featuring piano continue to work their individual brands of magic throughout the jazz world. Here are some examples from the last few months. Ray Gallon Make Your Move Cellar Live 2021 Pianist Ray Gallon has been around for over thirty-five years playing with the likes of ...

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Article: Interview

Meet Terri Lyne Carrington

Read "Meet Terri Lyne Carrington" reviewed by Craig Jolley


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in March 2002. Drummer/composer Terri Lyne Carrington found her voice early. Unlike other child prodigies, she was not transfixed by her early success and has continued to grow musically. Besides her brilliance as a drummer she is now established as a bandleader ...

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments

Read "Top Ten Kennedy Center Musical Moments" reviewed by Alan Bryson


It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb: “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage them, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers their tastes and sensibilities. This So You Don't Like Jazz column explores ways ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City

Read "Clifford Brown’s Trumpet and One Summer in Atlantic City" reviewed by Arthur R George


For 22-year-old trumpeter Clifford Brown, the summer of 1953 in jny: Atlantic City, New Jersey, was transformative. Playing with bebop elders, he cumulatively opened the door for what came next: a groove-oriented swinging style, in which small groups used structured arrangements like big bands, with room for improvisation, but less frenzy. It became known as hard ...

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Article: Album Review

Leon Lee Dorsey: Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Read "Thank You Mr. Mabern!" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


He's studied classical double bass with Ron Carter and he's played alongside many of our most revered, among them Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, andCassandra Wilson. Still, bassist/composer/arrangerLeon Lee Dorsey's name doesn't roll off everyone lips when discussing the top ranks of today's foremost, fearless bassists. But here's breaking news: Dorsey's got himself one hell of a ...

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Richie Pratt

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Beginnings - Kansas City Richie Pratt (March 11, 1943 – February 12, 2015, born Richard Dean Tyree) was an American jazz drummer. He embarked upon a career as a professional musician on the New York scene in the early 1970s, it was as much due to an unanticipated sporting injury as anything else. Pratt was born into a musical family (his mother was a church pianist and a brother is saxophonist, Chris Burnett) and grew up in the Kansas City metro city of Olathe, Kansas. He first studied music via the piano, as well as, attended various music camps as a youth prior to attending college as a music major at the University of Kansas. Prolific Years - New York City Richie Pratt’s prolific tenure as a first-call percussionist on the highly competitive New York City music scene began after he suffered a career-ending injury during his second season with the Giants

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Article: Book Review

Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong

Read "Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong" reviewed by Keith Hatschek


Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong Ricky Riccardi 339 Pages ISBN: # 978-0-19-091411-0 Oxford University Press 2020 Louis Armstrong was arguably the most celebrated performer of the twentieth century. Known around the world for his prodigious talent on the trumpet, his inimitable vocal stylings, ...

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News: Recording

Celebrated Bassist and Producer Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the Release of 'Thank You, Mr. Mabern!,' A Trio Recording Featuring The Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern

Celebrated Bassist and Producer Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the Release of 'Thank You, Mr. Mabern!,' A Trio Recording Featuring The Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern

Leon Lee Dorsey is pleased to announce the release of Thank You, Mr. Mabern! Recorded in July 2019, two months prior to the passing of jazz luminary Harold Mabern, the album is the swan song for the great pianist and composer, his final recording. This posthumous release is not only Dorsey’s personal farewell to Mabern, it ...


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