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Along with his fellow New Orleanian, Louis Armstrong, Bechet was one of the first great soloists in jazz. His throaty, powerful clarinet and his throbbing soprano are among the most thrilling sounds in early jazz. He went from being a pioneer of jazz in the 1920s to a national hero in France, where he spent the final decade of his life. In his teens he made his name playing in some of New Orleans's up-and- coming bands, and he played there and in Chicago with King Oliver. Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans in May 1897, of Creole ancestry, grew up in a middle class environment. His father, Omar, who was a shoemaker, played the flute as a hobby

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Nostalgic for New Orleans: Brass Bands, Classic R&B, Trad and New Jazz

Read "Nostalgic for New Orleans: Brass Bands, Classic R&B, Trad and New Jazz" reviewed by David Brown


I'm nostalgic for jny: New Orleans. Once my home, I just visited after 19 years. This week, R&B with Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Ernie K-Doe & Professor Longhair. Then trad jazz with Panorama Jazz Band, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong. We'll second line with the Panorama, Treme, Dirty Dozen and Rebirth Brass Bands, and ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Good Vibes

Read "Good Vibes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Vibraphone players have never been as plentiful in jazz as trumpeters or saxophonists but there have been several notable ones over the years, going from Red Norvo and Milt Jackson in the past to Joel Ross and Patricia Brennan today. Here are a pair of recent albums that feature other active vibes players. Roberto ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sidney Bechet

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sidney Bechet

All About Jazz is celebrating Sidney Bechet's birthday today! Along with his fellow New Orleanian, Louis Armstrong, Bechet was one of the first great soloists in jazz. His throaty, powerful clarinet and his throbbing soprano are among the most thrilling sounds in early jazz. He went from being a pioneer of jazz in the 1920s to ...

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Article: Album Review

John Coltrane: My Favorite Things: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

Read "My Favorite Things: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" reviewed by Chris May


Sonically improved reissues—strikingly improved reissues—of classic John Coltrane albums are becoming regular events. Rhino/Atlantic kicked things off in 2020 with the 2 CD Giant Steps (Atlantic, 1960). Switzerland's ezz-thetics followed through in 2021 with Chasin' The Trane, a reissue of Live At The Village Vanguard: The Master Takes (Impulse, 1998), and Song Of Praise, a reissue ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Michael Robinson: Piano Improvisation Series

Read "Michael Robinson: Piano Improvisation Series" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Depending on the source, New York native, Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist/composer Michael Robinson is associated with the electronic, classical, world, or jazz genre. The ambiguousness is a byproduct of an artist whose more than one-hundred-sixty albums have touched upon all those categories. Robinson's influences include Bartók, Yeats, Chinese poetry, Morton Feldman, Lennie Tristano, John Coltrane and Lee ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ira Sullivan, Sonny Rollins & Carlos Vega

Read "Ira Sullivan, Sonny Rollins & Carlos Vega" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 726th Episode of Neon Jazz with the distinctive sound of Miami-based saxophonist Carlos Vega. From there, we present Francesco Amenta, Oscar Rossignoli and Jake Baxendale. The show concludes with JC Sanford and material from his new release Imminent Standards Trio. Dig this hour of jazz music, my friends. Playlist Carlos Vega ...

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Article: Interview

A Conversation with Jackie McLean

Read "A Conversation with Jackie McLean" reviewed by AAJ Staff


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in October 1998. All About Jazz: You grew up in the same neighborhood as Bud Powell. How did he impact your life? And, what was Bud Powell the man like? Jackie McLean: He certainly lived in the vicinity of my ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sidney Bechet

Jazz Musician of the Day: Sidney Bechet

All About Jazz is celebrating Sidney Bechet's birthday today! Along with his fellow New Orleanian, Louis Armstrong, Bechet was one of the first great soloists in jazz. His throaty, powerful clarinet and his throbbing soprano are among the most thrilling sounds in early jazz. He went from being a pioneer of jazz in the 1920s to ...


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