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As a performer, he acted his songs more than he sang them; as a songwriter, hedrew as much from gospel, the blues and folk music as he did from jazz. He preferred to call himself an entertainer, although even that broad term didnotgo far enough: he saw his art as a way to celebrate African-American life andattack racism, and it was not always easy to tell where the entertainer ended and the activist began. His song "Brown Baby," recorded by Mahalia Jackson and others, was both a lullaby for his infant son and an anthem of racial pride. Other songs, like "Signifying Monkey" and "The Snake," took their story lines from black folklore

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Article: Interview

Meet Grammy Award Winning Producer Joel Dorn

Read "Meet Grammy Award Winning Producer Joel Dorn" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


This article was first published at All About Jazz in 1997. The Song Remains The Same If you're a serious jazz fan, even if you're any kind of jazz fan at all, there's an excellent chance that in your collection you've got at least one piece of music that was produced by Joel Dorn. ...

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Article: Album Review

Angie Wells: Truth Be Told

Read "Truth Be Told" reviewed by Dave Linn


Angie Wells grew up in Philadelphia, surrounded by music. Her mother sang and played gospel piano, while her father was a devoted jazz and blues fan. The music of Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Jack McDuff and B.B. King, to name a few, could be heard on any day in her childhood home. At the age of ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

A Tasting Menu

Read "A Tasting Menu" reviewed by John Chacona


It says a lot for the current state of the music that some of the most interesting music hitting the market is being made by lesser-known artists who might never get a look from major labels. Here are four that have their own particular—and very different—charms. All are worth a spin for the sheer joy of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Thelonius Monk, Don Byron & Mike Clark

Read "Thelonius Monk, Don Byron & Mike Clark" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 774th Episode of Neon Jazz with drummer Mike Clark and bassist Leon Lee Dorsey with the title track off their new project Blues on Top. We also hear new music from Chris Parker, Joe McCarthy leading his NY Afro Bop Alliance Big Band and John Fumasoli with his band The Jones Factor. Drummer ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lightbulb Moments

Read "Lightbulb Moments" reviewed by H William Stine


They don't happen often and they don't happen to everyone. But if one does happen to you, it could change your life. Of course I'm talking about an IRS audit. Of course I'm not talking about an IRS audit. I'm talking about those out-of-the-blue, eye-opening moments of inspiration or maybe self-discovery. One thing: they're always moments ...

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Article: Album Review

Oscar Brown Jr.: Sin & Soul

Read "Sin & Soul" reviewed by Robert Gilbert


Oscar Brown Jr. was a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, author, performer, Civil Rights activist, television host, political candidate and serviceman, to name but a few of the hats he wore throughout his life. He also recorded one of the most dazzling debut records that has ever been released, 1960's Sin & Soul on Columbia ...

Article: Profile

La Jazz Poetry di Jayne Cortez

Read "La Jazz Poetry di Jayne Cortez" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Articolo originariamente pubblicato nel marzo 2003 e ora riproposto in occasione del mese dedicato al contributo femminile al jazz Per la sua spiccata componente di oralità, la Jazz Poetry è probabilmente l'espressione che meglio di altre connota—insieme al jazz stesso—l'esperienza artistica afroamericana del '900, in quanto trait d'union fra improvvisazione e composizione scritta.

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Article: History of Jazz

Straight Ahead: il canto di protesta di Abbey Lincoln dal 1957 al 1961

Read "Straight Ahead: il canto di protesta di Abbey Lincoln dal 1957 al 1961" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


La lettura di un libro sull'Africa, l'intuizione del manager, e la frequentazione di artisti impegnati nella rivendicazione dei diritti civili determinarono il cambio di passo nello status artistico di Anna Maria Woolridge, tra il 1956 e il 1961. Cantante nei night club californiani con lo pseudonimo di Gaby Lee, era una artista di varietà quando decise ...

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Article: Interview

Brian Jackson: Winter In America Pt. 2

Read "Brian Jackson: Winter In America Pt. 2" reviewed by Chris May


As Gil Scott-Heron's songwriting and performing partner during the 1970s, keyboardist, composer and arranger Brian Jackson was co-author of some of the most galvanising liberation music of the era. Inhabiting the intersection of jazz, soul and spoken word, Jackson and Scott-Heron, who met while they were both students at Lincoln University, were a team from Pieces ...


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