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One of the leading figures of West Coast jazz, Shorty Rogers' decision to stop performing and switch to full-time studio work in 1962 marked the end of its golden era. Rogers played with a number of big bands in the late 1940s, and began to attract attention as an arranger while working with Woody Herman. Stan Kenton then hired him away from Herman and Rogers' compositions and arrangements for Kenton made him as much of a star as any of Kenton's soloists. Rogers left Kenton and pulled together a small group that included Art Pepper, Shelley Manne, Jimmy Giuffre, and Hampton Hawes to record Modern Sounds for Capitol

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Article: Club Profile

Budapest Jazz Club

Read "Budapest Jazz Club" reviewed by Sammy Stein


The Budapest Jazz Club is a vibrant, colorful place where people meet to eat, drink, and enjoy good music. On the map, what appears to be a narrow lane, turns out in reality to be a wide bustling public walkway, and about halfway along, the small sign for the jazz club sits over a large entrance, ...

News: Video / DVD

Shorty Rogers: Centennial

Shorty Rogers: Centennial

Sunday, April 14, will mark the 100th anniversary of Shorty Rogers' birth. The trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer and arranger who was a founding father of West Coast jazz died in 1994 from melanoma at age 70. Today, in celebration of Rogers' contribution to jazz, I've assembled 10 of my favorite clips plus three bonus clips: Here's one ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Before the Oscars: Part 1

Read "Jazz Before the Oscars: Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


In a few days the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood will host the Academy Awards, and so we thought that it would be a lot of fun to come up with an episode of Mondo Jazz featuring exclusively tunes inspired by, dedicated to, or titled after movie stars (regardless of whether or not they have won any ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

It's Christmas Time, Again

Read "It's Christmas Time, Again" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


One of the bastards loves holiday music (Mike loves to flex his “knowledge-of-obscure-Xmas-tunes" muscles) and so the holiday episode has become an annual tradition. Luckily, every year at least a few jazz musicians put out a holiday album (if under duress) and archival and historical finds are always there to enjoy as well.Playlist Discussion ...

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Article: Album Review

Vanessa Perica Orchestra: The Eye is the First Circle

Read "The Eye is the First Circle" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In a review of Love Is a Temporary Madness, the debut recording by Australian composer/arranger Vanessa Perica, the observation was made that “Perica's impact in the realm of big-band jazz should be anything but temporary." Perica's second album, The Eye Is the First Circle, has added an exclamation point to that assertion. Again, ...

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Article: Album Review

Curtis Counce: You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

Read "You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci


When bassist Curtis Counce died of a heart attack at the age of 37 in 1963, the jazz world was deprived of a major talent. Not that one would have known much, for his death, while noted, was not extensively covered. Counce, a Midwesterner, had come to California and to jny:Los Angeles to learn his craft, ...

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News: Recording

Backgrounder: Shorty Rogers - Cool and Crazy

Backgrounder: Shorty Rogers - Cool and Crazy

One of Shorty Rogers's finest albums was available originally in the new 10-inch LP format or as a pair of extended-play 45s. Cool and Crazy dates back 70 years to March and April of 1953 and features a slam-bang band at the dawn of West Coast jazz. Rogers' compositions and arrangements are glorious, with loads of ...

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Article: Album Review

The Pacific Jazz Group: Pacific Jazz Group

Read "Pacific Jazz Group" reviewed by Jack Bowers


West Coast jazz from the mid-twentieth century makes a comeback on this earnest album by the Pacific Jazz Group, whose music owes its genesis to the Pacific Jazz label, which recorded many of the Coast's best and brightest stars during that historic and bounteous era. The idea was set in motion by pianist Dred Scott, one ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary Peacock

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gary Peacock

All About Jazz is celebrating Gary Peacock's birthday today! Bassist Gary Peacock played a major role in the development of avant-garde jazz. He has worked with the likes of Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry}, {{Barney Kessel, Don Ellis, Terry Gibbs, Shorty Rogers, the Paul Bley Trio, Jimmy Giuffre, Roland Kirk and George Russell, ...


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