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Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sam Most began his incredible musical journey at the age of 18 with the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Shep Fields, Boyd Raeburn, and Don Redman. His first recording at age 23, a single entitled "Undercurrent Blues", clearly established him as the “first bop flutist.” The very next year he was awarded Downbeat Magazine's "Critic's New Star Award". A true pioneer and innovator, Sam is credited as being the first flutist to “sing” or “hum” through the flute, as evidenced by his recordings during the ‘50s. Between the years of 1953-1958 Sam led and recorded sessions for Prestige, Debut, Vanguard, and Bethlehem, bringing the flute into the forefront of jazz improvisation

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Thomas Manuel of The Jazz Loft

Read "Take Five with Thomas Manuel of The Jazz Loft" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Thomas Manuel Jazz historian, music educator and cornet player Dr. Thomas Manuel holds the endowed Artist in Residence chair within the Jazz department at Stony Brook University. In addition to this he serves as a trustee to the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation, is a member of the Huntington Arts Council Decentralization Advisory Committee, and is ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3

Read "My Early Years With Bill Evans, Part 3" reviewed by Chuck Israels


Bassist and composer, Chuck Israels was raised in a musical family. Paul Robeson, Pete Seeger and The Weavers were visitors to his home and the appearance of Louis Armstrong's All Stars in a concert series produced by his parents in 1948 gave Chuck his first opportunity to meet and hear jazz musicians. Chuck studied the cello ...

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Carl Saunders: New Standards

Carl Saunders: New Standards

Carl Saunders is one of jazz's best-kept secrets, and he kind of likes it that way. Born in 1942, Saunders is a trumpeter, composer and educator of the highest order who has worked with a long list of jazz giants, from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson. Many factors set Saunders ...

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Article: Interview

A Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Bastard Podcast

Read "A Young Person's Guide to the Jazz Bastard Podcast" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Dr. Michael Caldwell, a lecturer in humanities at San Diego State University, and Dr. Patrick Burnette, a lawyer's helper in central Indiana, or, as they are known on their podcast, “Mike and Pat," have been discussing jazz in public since December 5, 2012, when episode one of the Jazz Bastard Podcast went live. Since ...

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Article: Album Review

Larry Koonse: New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4

Read "New Jazz Standards, Vol. 4" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


This fourth volume in a series of recordings saluting and promoting the music of trumpeter Carl Saunders is every bit as sophisticated and attractive as its predecessors. Guitarist Larry Koonse leads the way through a dozen songs with supreme style and grace, comfortably placing this collection right next to earlier Saunders sets helmed by flutist Sam ...

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Article: Interview

Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist

Read "Ron Korb: Pan-Global Flutist" reviewed by Rob Caldwell


In a 20-year career, Grammy nominated flutist Ron Korb has experienced the lows and highs of a touring musician. He's been stuck in the Panamanian jungle when the bus transporting he and his band to their show broke down, leaving them teetering on the top of a hillside for hours in the blazing sun while repairs ...

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Article: Album Review

Roger Kellaway Trio: New Standards Vol. 3

Read "New Standards Vol. 3" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Trumpeter Carl Saunders is best known for his contributions to jazz orchestras, having put his mighty horn to good use for Stan Kenton, Bill Holman, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Gerald Wilson, and numerous other big band leaders of note over the past half-century. Yet his work as a composer may end up being his lasting legacy. ...

Article: Multiple Reviews

La Elemental Music ristampa il catalogo della Xanadu Records

Read "La Elemental Music ristampa il catalogo della Xanadu Records" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


Grazie a produttori illuminati come Don Schlitten, il jazz degli anni Settanta ebbe modo di sottrarsi alle facili contaminazioni del rock o bossa nova. Il catalogo della sua label indipendente, la Xanadu, testimonia la capacità di attrarre con rispetto della tradizione il nuovo pubblico del jazz, riservando ampio spazio ai cosiddetti musician's musicians: artisti di culto ...

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Article: Album Review

Scott Whitfield: New Jazz Standards, Volume 2

Read "New Jazz Standards, Volume 2" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On New Jazz Standards, Volume 2 (yes, the title may seem a tad optimistic at first glance; more about that later), trombonist Scott Whitfield leads a well-honed quartet playing the music of Carl Saunders. If the name Carl Saunders is new to you, he is quite simply one of the finest jazz trumpeters you've never heard--and ...


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