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Red Callender

George Sylvester “Red” Callender was born in Haynesville, VA and at age 3 his family moved to Atlantic City, NJ. He first studied alto sax, then tuba, and then bass. After graduation in 1932, he moved to New York City. A tour of Canada and the west coast with Blanche Thompson and the Brownskin Models brought him to Los Angeles in 1936, where he remained. He played with a few local bands, and did arranging and teaching. Charles Mingus was one of his first students. His first recording date was in 1937 with Louis Armstrong, “Sunny Side of the Street” and “Once in a While.” By 1956 he had recorded over 5,000 sides, acquiring the distinction of being the most recorded bass player in the L

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Nat "King" Cole: Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)

Read "Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-1943)" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

While he achieved fame and fortune as a pops crooner of the 1950s-60s, Nat “King" Cole firmly occupies a place in jazz history. Unlike Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and others who began their careers as singers, Cole started out as a pianist, composer/arranger, and band leader, working small clubs in Chicago, soon adding vocals ...

Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration

Read "Charles Mingus 95th Birthday Celebration" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Mingus Big BandJazz StandardNew York, NY April 24, 2017 Saturday, April 22, was an unusually good day. It started, blessedly, when the president did not tweet out a series of early morning fabrications/accusations to befuddle the free world. And it could only get better from there: It was Earth Day! Scientists ...

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Ricordiamo Gerald Wilson

Read "Ricordiamo Gerald Wilson" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Era rimasto l'unico grande bandleader della Swing Era, Gerald Wilson, e la sua recente scomparsa (l'8 settembre scorso, a 96 anni) è stata ricordata dai principali media statunitensi con ampi necrologi. Purtroppo in Italia è rimasta quasi inosservata. Superato il picco di popolarità dei primi anni sessanta, con un orchestra che vinse prestigiosi referendum, Wilson ebbe ...

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Loren Schoenberg: From Benny Goodman to The Savory Collection

Read "Loren Schoenberg: From Benny Goodman to The Savory Collection" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Saxophonist, band-leader and writer Loren Schoenberg, now Executive Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, spent an interesting childhood and teenager-hood growing up in New Jersey in the 1970s, meeting and befriending both Teddy Wilson and Hank Jones, and ultimately becoming employed by Wilson's famous '30s boss, Benny Goodman. Schoenberg was first an assistant to ...

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Lionel Hampton Centennial

Read "Lionel Hampton Centennial" reviewed by Laurel Gross

Lionel HamptonCentennial CelebrationPablo/Telarc - Concord2009 Lionel Hampton Big BandThe European Concerts, 1953-1954Fremeaux & Associes2009 Lionel HamptonMostly BluesNimbus Records2009 Straight out of ...

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Red Callender's Gentle Swing

Red Callender's Gentle Swing

The 1940s and 1950s were frightening decades for bass players. In addition to big-band timekeepers like Jimmy Blanton, Don Bagley, Chubby Jackson and Ray Brown, there were thumping small-group upright masters like Slam Stewart, Curly Russell, Milt Hinton and Tommy Potter. And if that crowd wasn't daunting enough, you had the Big Three solo specialists: Oscar ...

The Lowest

Label: Continuum Records
Released: 1958

Callender Speaks Low

Label: Continuum Records
Released: 1957

Swingin' Suite

Label: Continuum Records
Released: 1957


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