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Slam Stewart was a superior swing-oriented bassist whose ability to bow the bass and hum an octave apart made him famous in the jazz world. He had thought of the idea while studying at Boston Conservatory when he heard Ray Perry singing along with his violin. In 1936, Stewart was with Peanuts Holland's group and the following year he started playing regularly with guitarist/singer/comedian Slim Gaillard in a group logically dubbed "Slim and Slam." "Flat Foot Floogie" became a huge hit and kept the group working through the early '40s. After leaving Gaillard, Stewart was in great demand

ARTICLE: RADIO

Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers

Read "Leon Redbone and Lawrence Leathers" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the veteran vibes Chuck Redd we rocket into this week's episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we peer into the influences into Chuck's life with cats like Charlie Byrd and Count Basie. We take a good look into the life and music of Paul Serrato and Ashley Pezzotti and pay respects to a couple of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alex Hitchcock: All Good Things

Read "All Good Things" reviewed by Roger Farbey

The Alex Hitchcock Quintet's first record, Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals, was released in 2018 as an EP on Mondo Tunes. But at around 40 minutes this could easily have passed muster as a pukka LP. It was also a very impressive debut indeed, captured live from gigs performed in 2016 and 2017 ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story

Read "Billy Krechmer: A Philadelphia Story" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

There is a story told of the last night of an iconic jazz club in Philadelphia in 1966. The bandleader-owner, it was said, had been called away prior to closing. He was unable to return before the end of the last set. Walking back, he watched the crowd filing out. Some, I am told, had tears ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Elliot Galvin Trio: Punch

Read "Punch" reviewed by Roger Farbey

Punch is the follow-up to British pianist Elliot Galvin's debut album Dreamland, released in 2014 and his first for Edition Records. The title track opens with an ancient recording of a Punch and Judy show which forms a recurring leitmotif within the number and at a few other points throughout the album. The ensuing trio's performance ...

ARTICLE: TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Alexi David

Read "Take Five With Alexi David" reviewed by Alexi David

Meet Alexi David:Cypriot-American composer and bassist Alexi David grew up in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood. His group, Alexi David's Patriot Act, has created the first fusion with jazz and the Greek sounds of rembetika. David is also adept on bouzouki, baglama and piano. He is a scholar on the music of the late Charles ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend: Phoenix, AZ, May 17-19, 2013

Read "Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit Weekend: Phoenix, AZ, May 17-19, 2013" reviewed by Patricia Myers

Illinois Jacquet Foundation Benefit WeekendPhoenix, AZMay 17-19, 2013The 2013 Desert Winds Jazz Weekend celebrated the six-decade career of the late saxophonist Illinois Jacquet with three events that raised $10,000 for jazz scholarships and music education programs in Arizona. The Desert Winds designation was taken from the title of Jacquet's 1964 album for Argo.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Kevin Brandon: Brandino Is In The House

Read "Kevin Brandon: Brandino Is In The House" reviewed by Scott Mitchell

Kevin Brandon is a Los Angeles-based bassist, producer, teacher and song writer who has been on the scene and laying it down for a long time. Known to his friends and colleagues as “Brandino," this musical dynamo has earned seven Grammy Awards and has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Appleyard And The Jazz Giants: The Lost 1974 Sessions

Read "The Lost 1974 Sessions" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

A gem of a discovery, vibraphonist Peter Appleyard's The Lost 1974 Sessions is an important record, both artistically and a historically. Appleyard assembled most of clarinetist Benny Goodman's group in RCA's Toronto studios for a one of a kind opportunity when band in town for a concert. He called the ad hoc band the Jazz Giants, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Peter Appleyard And The Jazz Giants: The Lost 1974 Sessions

Read "The Lost 1974 Sessions" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Canadian vibraphonist, percussionist and composer Peter Appleyard has spent most of his professional career in Toronto. He has hosted his own radio and television programs, and was made an Officer of The Order of Canada in recognition of his musical accomplishments. He drew international acclaim as a member of Benny Goodman's jazz sextet during the early ...


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