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News: Crowdfunding Campaign

Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation Appeals To Jazz Community For Financial Support

Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation Appeals To Jazz Community For Financial Support

The Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), human services organization crafted to support senior musicians and vocalist in need is seeking monetary support to ensure the survival of all programming. More than any other age group, senior jazz players and performers suffered the on-going negative effect of COVID-19. During the height of the “global" pandemic ...

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Article: History of Jazz

The Roma: The Roots of Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, and Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain"

Read "The Roma: The Roots of Flamenco, Gypsy Jazz, and Miles Davis' "Sketches of Spain"" reviewed by Martin McFie


In 1959, a magical year for jazz albums, Miles Davis, inspired by some flamenco performances he had heard, recorded Sketches of Spain (Columbia, 1960) at Columbia's 30th Street studio. Half of the album is a beautiful orchestral interpretation of the classical guitar piece “Concierto de Aranjuez," written twenty years before the Davis recording, by Joaquin Rodrigo, ...

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Article: Just For Fun

The Fabulous Nicknames Of Jazz

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Nicknames. Used to be that every baseball player worth his ash bat earned a nickname. The Babe, Yogi Berra, The Kid, Three Finger. Football and basketball were no different. Boomer Esiason, Big Spain, Birdman, Air Jordan. While soccer in America seems to have escaped this mostly male preoccupation of renaming people, golf, that most courteous sport, ...

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Article: Profile

Cotton Pickin' Blues

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Blues began with enslaved African peoples' work songs in the cotton fields of the Deep South of America. The Slave Narrative of Mr. Sam Polite, given at 93 years of age, chronicles that life. It was written on St. Helena, a cotton producing Sea Island in the Carolinas, where Mr. Polite was born into slavery. The ...

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Article: Live Review

The Peter And Will Anderson Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Peter and Will Anderson Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC. February 21-22, 2020 Eight instruments on stage and only three musicians seemed like a challenge, particularly as the guitar was the only instrument played by Adam Moezinia. The other instruments were all for twin brothers Peter and Will Anderson ...

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Article: Live Review

Charleston Jazz Orchestra at the Charleston Music Hall

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Charleston Jazz Orchestra Charleston Music Hall Ellington at Newport 1956 Charleston, SC February 15, 2020 Duke Ellington's performance at the Newport Jazz festival in 1956 was the most important of his long career. After thirty years at the top of his profession, over a thousand tunes composed together with Billy ...

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Article: Live Review

Tierney Sutton At The Jazz Corner

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Tierney Sutton The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC February 8, 2020 When a lady has chosen nine new outfits, attended nine nerve wracking awards dinners and been nominated for nine Grammys since 2006, it would simply be impolite not to vote for her to win next time. Tierney Sutton certainly ...

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Article: Live Review

Charleston Jazz Festival 2020

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Various Venues Charleston Jazz Festival Charleston, SC January 23-26, 2020 Jazz Festivals are like people, six years old is still in infancy, but everything has to start somewhere. Historically, the city which gave birth to the Charleston dance craze and was the inspiration for Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, deserves The Charleston ...

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Article: Live Review

Harry Allen With Rossano Sportiello At The Jazz Corner

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Harry Allen with Rossano Sportiello The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SCJanuary 10-11, 2019 At a certain point in a musician's career the shorthand of describing them as influenced by, or sounding like, this or that great player from the past becomes redundant--Harry Allen sounds like Harry Allen. His ...

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Article: Live Review

Chuck Redd With the Kevin Bales Trio At The Jazz Corner

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Chuck Redd with the Kevin Bales Trio The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 3-4, 2020 Masterful musicians make excellence look easy. It's not always immediately obvious, the quality becomes evident through its sustained presence, like a spreading smile. The band opened with “Tricotism" written by early bebop ...


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