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By virtue of the role he played in its evolution during the first quarter of the 20th century, Louis Armstrong is regarded as the most influential jazz musician in history. This distinction is coupled with his stewardship of jazz around the world over the next five decades as the earliest and greatest ambassador of America's first true musical art form.

With the liberating effects of the Jazz Age reverberating on world culture since the 1930s, Satchmo's contributions to society are now measured alongside those of the greatest artists, philosophers and statesmen of the modern era. In the year 2000, we celebrate the centennial of his birth on August 4, 1901—a date that Louis took with him throughout his life. While historical evidence discovered nearly two decades after his 1971 death suggested a different birth date, there has never been any conclusive reason to dispute Pops' own c.v.


Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Vocalist Tyreek McDole

Read "Introducing Vocalist Tyreek McDole" reviewed by Sanford Josephson

This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. In 2018, Tyreek McDole, a student at the Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee, FL, was playing classical percussion for a performance of the 1987 Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical, Into the Woods. “During rehearsal," he recalled, “one of the actors got sick. I had ...


Article: Live Review

Terence Blanchard at The Carver Community Cultural Center

Read "Terence Blanchard at The Carver Community Cultural Center" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Terence Blanchard with the E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet The Carver Community Cultural Center / Jo Long TheatreSan Antonio, TXNovember 4, 2023 San Antonio's Carver Community Cultural Center has long been a primary presenter of African American musical and educational programming in the city. Its first incarnation was as the Colored ...


Article: Album Review

Chicago Edge Ensemble: The Individualists

Read "The Individualists" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Let's trot out the old New York versus Chicago rivalry. Just like with their sports teams (Jets vs. Bears, Knicks vs. Bulls, etc.) music fans feel a need to chose sides. It has been like that since Louis Armstrong left the Windy City for the Big Apple in 1924 and Sun Ra in 1961. Sure NYC ...


Article: Profile

Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco

Read "Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco" reviewed by Arthur R George

Autumn is a special season for jazz in jny: San Francisco. The weather at other times of the year variously drives one indoors for warmth, a good enough reason to seek shelter in jazz. But in the autumn, mostly gone is the bone-chilling summer fog that pours into the city from the cold Pacific Ocean. Not ...


Article: Live Review

Chris Botti At The Paramount Theatre

Read "Chris Botti At The Paramount Theatre" reviewed by Steven Roby

Chris Botti Paramount Theatre Denver, CO October 22, 2023 Trumpet virtuoso Chris Botti had much to celebrate last Sunday at his Paramount Theater concert. He recently turned 61, and his first album in 10 years was released on Friday, Chris Botti Vol 1 (Blue Note Records). These two joyous events elevated ...


Article: Album Review

Buddy Rich Trio: Buddy Rich Trios

Read "Buddy Rich Trios" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

In 2023, some 36 years after his death, the name of Buddy Rich is still synonymous with the word “drums" in many quarters, as is his reputation as a swinging, driving, fiery, and charismatic drummer/leader of a series of superb big bands, roughly in existence from 1966 until his passing in 1987. What is not generally ...


Article: Album Review

Eddie Henderson: Witness To History

Read "Witness To History" reviewed by Dave Linn

Dr. Eddie Henderson, 82 years old at the time of writing in 2023, has one of the most interesting stories in modern jazz and is a true Renaissance man. His parents were entertainers; his mother was a dancer at the original Cotton Club while his father was a member of the popular singing group Billy Williams ...


Article: History of Jazz

Which Came First—Jazz or Baseball?

Read "Which Came First—Jazz or Baseball?" reviewed by Con Chapman

Baseball and jazz rank high among the objects of my affection, and have several things in common: Both are distinctively American products with foreign roots; both are inexhaustible sources of enjoyment, at least to me; and both are popular in the best sense of that word, with broad appeal across ages, races and classes.


Article: Chats with Cats

The Jazz Historian: John Edward Hasse

Read "The Jazz Historian: John Edward Hasse" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

Jazz is not simply a style of music; it is also a culture. The impact of this cultural force has had many ups and downs throughout the last century but, undeniably, has been felt worldwide across all nations and all languages. With such a storied past, it's important that an account of its beginnings and those ...


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