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ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3

Read "My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3" reviewed by Chuck Israels

Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to his home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gary Alesbrook: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Read "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

It's hard to believe this is only trumpeter Gary Alesbrook's second record under his own name. Like Venus emerging fully-formed from the head of Zeus, Alesbrook's tasteful proficiency is truly startling until you realize it was honed outside of jazz, with years of busy sideman efforts in other types of music. Another surprise is ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Entertainers – Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton (1929 - 1940)

Read "The Entertainers – Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton (1929 - 1940)" reviewed by Russell Perry

Jazz has often been looked at through the lens of the conflict between art and commerce. In the 1930s, several artists successfully blurred these distinctions. Louis Armstrong adopted popular song as his vehicle for a successful career shift into the mainstream. Cab Calloway defined his popular hipster persona while fronting one of the most professional big ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bix and the Boys (1924 - 1928)

Read "Bix and the Boys (1924 - 1928)" reviewed by Russell Perry

(If this program is unavailable in your country from Mixcloud, please scroll down and listen via Soundcloud.) In the last hour we heard the most important jazz recordings of the 1920s—the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens led by cornetist Louis Armstrong. Perhaps the other most influential cornet player of the era was a ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEW

Green Book: A Serious Comedy and Jazz Allegory

Read "Green Book: A Serious Comedy and Jazz Allegory" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Green Book DreamWorks Universal 2018 Starting perhaps in the 1930s, African American jazz musicians and bands from the north, midwest, and west toured the segregationist South. There they found to their dismay that as much as they were sought after for performances, they were compelled to live in separate hotels and use ...

NEWS: MUSIC INDUSTRY

Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

Dot Time Records Welcomes Catherine Russell

Dot Time Records is honored to announce that it has signed Catherine Russell, a celebrated vocalist and one of the greatest voices in jazz and blues, to release her upcoming album. The label and artist are joining forces with the shared goal of enriching the contemporary music scene with the release of new tracks, renditions of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Evergreen Classic Jazz Band: Early Tunes: 1915-1932

Read "Early Tunes: 1915-1932" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The first incarnation of jazz that is, rightly or wrongly, referred to as Trad Jazz or Dixieland, is not merely confined to historical releases or to the Preservation Hall in New Orleans. There are still many proponents of the style spread out across the US and abroad. One such ensemble is the Seattle based ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Chuck Israels: Tribute to Bill Evans

Read "Chuck Israels: Tribute to Bill Evans" reviewed by Robin Arends

Isn't it nice to meet someone who takes time for a good chat in these hectic times? Especially if this person has a lot to tell, carries the living memory of an important part of jazz history, and is called Chuck Israels? Bassist/arranger/composer Chuck Israels is in expansive form for this interview conducted in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low

Read "So Cal Jazz 2013: Highlights and a Serious Low" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Azar Lawrence Quartet RG Club Venice, CA January-September 2013 2013, already slipping deep into the fog of forgetfulness, had its share of memorable jazz moments here in Southern California. And while, according to the Western, as well as the Chinese calender ( Happy Year of the Horse!), this review and these ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Dwayne Burno: Tradition

Read "Dwayne Burno: Tradition" reviewed by George Colligan

[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth] Dwayne Burno is one of the great bass players of his generation. Originally from jny: Philadelphia, Burno has been on the New York and international jazz scene since 1990. He has played with so many of the great legends of jazz: ...


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