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Article: Film Review

Trying To Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon

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This article was originally published at All About Jazz on June 5, 2008. Finding Validation Trying To Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon is a film that tells the story of trumpeter-vocalist-actor-comedian Jack Sheldon's remarkable life and career. Beginning with his impoverished childhood in segregated Florida and proceeding to his formative Hollywood ...


News: Obituary

Legendary Jazz Radio Host Bob Parlocha Passes Away

Bob Parlocha, host of the WFMT radio network's Jazz Satellite Network passed away on Sunday, March 15 at the age of 76. “Jazz with Bob Parlocha" has been a part of our overnight jazz programming for the last several years. In addition to hosting the Jazz Network, Parlocha was a tenor and saxophonist, host of the ...


Article: Profile

Charlie O the Jazz Man

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Charlie Ottaviano's biggest passion in life was jazz. He always dreamed of opening a jazz club and he did just that in August 2000, little by little converting the small neighborhood establishment into a real jazz venue. He started small with music one night a week with John Heard and Earl Palmer performing and soon it ...


Article: Profile

David Myers: Cameraman To The Rock Stars

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Of the film documenters of rock's history, cameraman David Myers was the one truly at the epicenter of rock film nirvana. Just one of Myers' major friends and filmic collaborators was Bob Dylan, who in April 2008 received an honorary Pulitzer Prize, cited for his "profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked ...


Article: Profile

Daihachi Oguchi: Taiko Drum Master Silenced

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A former jazz drummer, Daihachi Oguchi took ancient rhythms, broke them down and created new arrangements and compositions to accommodate an ensemble of drummers. He helped turn the traditional form into a dramatic performance spectacle. Elevating the traditional folk sounds of taiko to modern music played in concert halls, not just festivals and shrines. He led ...


Article: Profile

Dave Carpenter Remembered

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A Passing Glance Last week, jazz lost a gentleman and journeyman artist valued for his dependability, versatility and swing. One of the west coast's finest session bassists, Dave Carpenter died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 48. After studying music at Ohio State University, he launched his professional career playing with ...


Article: Interview

Jack Schaeffer: Strumbola

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Jack Schaeffer is a longtime Marin county saxophonist who, since the 1970s, has frequently been showcased at San Francisco and Sausalito nightclubs. Schaeffer is a staple of Mill Valley's Sweetwater Inn, opening the club with his AnExchange Quartet back in the 1970s. Still playing these many years later, Schaeffer frequently gigs with his Hot House Swing ...


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