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Osie Johnson

He was born in Washington D. C. He left high school in 1941 to begin playing professionaly. After working with Sabby Lewis in Boston for six months (1942-3) he was a member of a navy band that included Clark Terry (1944-5). He then worked as a freelance in Chicago, and from 1951 to 1953 played for Earl Hines; during this period he also performed at Minton's Playhouse with Tony Scott's quartet. In 1954 he joined a trio led by the pianist Dorthy Donegan and toured Europe with Illinois Jaquet. From the mid-1950s Johnson worked principally as a session musician in television and recording studios in New York, while continuing to perform occasionally with groups led by groups led by Clark Terry and Bob Brookmeyer, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, and Others

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Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - Hollywood, the World and the Stars

Read "Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - Hollywood, the World and the Stars" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 World-renown trumpeter, saxophonist, musical director, producer and entrepreneur. These are but a mere handful of words that describe the vast talent in Glenn Zottola's bag of musical marvels. There are others: child prodigy, creative genius, “musical natural" and aural savant also percolate rapidly to mind. Now ...

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Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - The Early Years

Read "Glenn Zottola: A Jazz Life - The Early Years" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 World-renown trumpeter, saxophonist, musical director, producer and entrepreneur. These are but a mere handful of words that describe the vast talent in Glenn Zottola's bag of musical marvels. There are others: child prodigy, creative genius, “musical natural" and aural savant also percolate rapidly to mind. Now ...

Glenn Zottola: Reflections of Charlie Parker

Read "Glenn Zottola: Reflections of Charlie Parker" reviewed by Geannine Reid

After nearly four decades Glenn Zottola has become one of the most respected, versatile and in-demand trumpet players--and saxophonists--in the world. Born and raised in Port Chester, New York, Zottola started playing trumpet at age three. By virtue of his musical household, this seemed almost as natural as learning to speak. His big brother, Bob, was ...

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Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?

Read "Swingin' on a Riff . . . Hangin' by a Thread?" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Betty and I returned to Albuquerque on Memorial Day after attending Swingin' on a Riff, the latest in a series of marvelous semi-annual events presented by Ken Poston and the Los Angeles Jazz Institute for more than twenty years at venues in and around L.A. This one was held May 23-26 at the Los Angeles Marriott ...

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David Baker: A Legacy in Music

Read "David Baker: A Legacy in Music" reviewed by Monika Herzig

This article appears in Chapter 2 “A Star is Born" of David Baker: A Legacy in Music by Monika Herzig (Indiana Univ. Press, 2011). The George Russell Sextet Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 23, 1923, George Russell started out as a drummer and soon entered the New York jazz scene.32 Bouts ...


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