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Pete Jolly

Pete Jolly lived a double life as studio ace by day and jazz cat by night for over 40 years. A member of the musicians union since his teens, he settled in Los Angeles in his early 20s and became a member of Shorty Rogers' Giants, one of the leading West Coast jazz groups. He also began working as a studio musician in the mid-1950s and decided to divide his energy between the security of studio work and the artistic satisfaction of playing jazz in local clubs in Los Angeles. Jolly's father, also named Peter, was a superb accordion player, and he started the boy on the instrument not long after weaning

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Franco D'Andrea: La sostenibile leggerezza del suonare

Read "Franco D'Andrea: La sostenibile leggerezza del suonare" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

L'occasione è troppo bella per lasciarsela sfuggire: il Maestro Franco D'Andrea è a Roma (siamo nella seconda metà di Settembre) per registrare il suo nuovo disco presso gli studi del Parco della Musica, e siamo stati invitati ad assistere alla sessione. Sono previste due giornate, e il nostro appuntamento è fissato per il primo giorno, nelle ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 5 & 6

Read "Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 5 & 6" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Omnivore Records concludes its remastering and re-release of Art Pepper's Yupiteru (later to become Atlas Records) recordings volumes 5 and 6, featuring, trumpeter Jack Sheldon, and drummer Shelly Manne, respectively. To date, the label has remastered and released four volumes: Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions" Volumes 1: Sonny Stitt (2017); Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Jack Montrose and Pete Jolly

Jack Montrose and Pete Jolly

Between 1985 and 1990, tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose recorded three sterling albums in Hollywood with pianist and friend Pete Jolly. What the three albums had in common was the music of David Holt. They also featured the same quartet: Jack Montrose (ts), Pete Jolly (p), Chuck Berghofer (b) and Nick Martinis (d). All three albums—Better Late ...

Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 & 4

Read "Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 3 & 4" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Today is the day that I finally come clean about Art Pepper and me. In 1984, I was taking a year off between having finished Pharmacy School and beginning a graduate program in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design. During this time, I had my yearly eye appointment with my ophthalmologist, one Dr. A. Henry Thomas, with ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 1 & 2

Read "Art Pepper: Presents “West Coast Sessions” Volumes 1 & 2" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Alto saxophonist Art Pepper's comeback began the release of Living Legend (Contemporary, 1975). His previous 20 years had been fully devoted to heroin and prison, and their inevitable aftermath. Following the release of Living Legend, Pepper toured Japan in April 1977 and March 1978. Pepper found his most dedicated and enthusiastic crowd in Japan, recording a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pete Jolly and A&M

Pete Jolly and A&M

Between 1968 and 1970, West Coast pianist Pete Jolly recorded three albums for Herb Alpert's A&M label. Each had a different sound, tapping into Jolly's smooth mood feel, his aggressive jazz keyboard style and his inventiveness on electronic instruments. All three were produced by Herb in Los Angeles. In late 1967, Herb's success with the Tijuana ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Who Was Jane Fielding?

Who Was Jane Fielding?

Back in 2012, I posted on Jane Fielding, a husky-voiced vocalist who recorded just two albums—Introducing Jane Fielding (1955) and Embers Glow (1956)—along with two songs performed on Bobby Troup's Stars of Jazz in 1957. Then she disappeared. At the end of the post, I originally asked Ms. Fielding to reach out to me. In February ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Anthony Natural Instincts Trio: Nostalgia

Read "Nostalgia" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Guitarist Michael Anthony, whose warm salute to mentor and friend Howard Roberts, Recollections, was reviewed here in June, recorded another tribute album seven years earlier (2007), this one dedicated to another longtime friend and colleague, the late Al Viola, who passed away in February of that year. Anthony says he was fortunate to have met Roberts ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Pete Jolly: Early Piano

Pete Jolly: Early Piano

Much has been written about Lester Young's influence on West Coast jazz saxophonists. Much less has been written about Bud Powell's impact on West Coast jazz pianists. In the early 1950s, many California pianists from Claude Williamson and Carl Perkins to Hampton Hawes and Russ Freeman were enthralled by Powell's bop attack and ability to storm ...


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