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Stuff Smith: Five Fine Violins Celebrating 100 Years

Read "Five Fine Violins Celebrating 100 Years" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Featured here in his twilight years, violinist Hezekiah Leroy Gordon “Stuff" Smith was born in Portsmouth, Ohio in 1909. Before he died in Denmark in 1967, he became one of the jazz world's most colorful characters, performing on occasion with a parrot on his shoulder and playing with everyone from Alphonso Trent's minstrel band to Dizzy ...


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Mads Tolling: The Playmaker

Read "The Playmaker" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Former wide receiver Michael Irvin earned his nickname, “The Playmaker," for his leadership and performance with the Dallas Cowboys. Violinist Mads Tolling honors several others whose play-making proficiency has helped their teams, whether in the athletic arena or on the stage. A two-time Grammy Award-winner, Tolling is a native of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is ...


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Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz: Two Not One

Read "Two Not One" reviewed by Chris Mosey

In 1975, the members of a musical appreciation society called The Danish Jazz Exchange clubbed together to bring their two favorite American improvisers, Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz, to their homeland. They then listened in rapt attention as the saxophonists played a series of concerts at Montmartre, then Copenhagen's premier jazz venue. The shadow of blind ...


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Anders Christensen Trio: Dear Someone

Read "Dear Someone" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Throughout the years, Danish jazz has been blessed with a host of talented bassists such as Bo Stief, Jesper Lundgaard and Jesper Bodilsen, but one name, in particular, has reached across the country's borders and become synonymous with virtuosity and melodic invention. The late Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen was most famous, perhaps, for playing with Oscar Peterson ...


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Mads Tolling: The Playmaker

Read "The Playmaker" reviewed by John Kelman

He's been around for a few years as a member of the Turtle Island Quartet, but for some he's best known for his work on Stanley Clarke's welcome return to fusion, The Toys of Men (Heads Up, 2007). Either way, The Playmaker isn't the violinist's first release as a leader--that would be Speed of Light (Self ...


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Take Five With Charlie Harrington

Read "Take Five With Charlie Harrington" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Charlie Harrington: The consummate Charlie Harrington has been playing drums since the age of five and has played professionally since the age of 15. He studied with Ray Bauduc for two years and later with Tim Tull and went on to finish First Place in the Slingerland/Louie Bellson National Drum Contest. Additionally, Charlie is the ...


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