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Creator and host of the original "Tonight" show. Authored 52 published books, including: the 1998 publications of "Murder in Hawaii", "Die Laughing" and "Dumbth...(and 101 Ways to Reason Better and Improve Your Mind)"; the 1996 publication "Wake Up to Murder & But Seriously"; the 1995 publication of "The Bug and the Slug in the Rug"; "The Man Who Turned Back the Clock" and "Murder on the Atlantic"; 1994's "Reflections"; and 1993's "The Murder Game", "More Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion & Morality, Book Two", and "Make 'em Laugh". Steve Allen’s 100 Song Lyrics are to be released in 1999. Allen starred on Broadway in "The Pink Elephant"; Starred in motion pictures, most notably in the title role of Universal's "The Benny Goodman Story"

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News: Obituary

Margie Evans, Iconic And Sophisticated Queen Of The Blues, Dies At 81

Margie Evans, Iconic And Sophisticated Queen Of The Blues, Dies At 81

Margie Evans, a legendary, international Blues and Gospel entertainer, songwriter, music producer, actress, music historian, community activist and motivational spokeswoman, who broke barriers for African American female Blues performers with poise, dignity and sophistication, died on March 19, 2021. In addition to her musicianship, Evans is noted as an activist for parity in music education as ...

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News: Recording

Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Reissues 1984 Debut Album, 'Listen Here,' Feat. Kenny Barron Trio

Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Roseanna Vitro Reissues 1984 Debut Album, 'Listen Here,' Feat. Kenny Barron Trio

Vocalist Roseanna Vitro—performer, recording artist, educator and journalist—reissues Listen Here, the debut album that launched her career. Featuring veteran pianist Kenny Barron, the project ushered into the spotlight a formidable new artist with chops and sensitivity in equal measure – a galvanizing spirit who, having already proven she could move live audiences, now certified her power ...

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News: TV / Film

Steve Allen's Music Room: 1984

Steve Allen's Music Room: 1984

Imagine a talk show where vibraphonist Terry Gibbs led a band consisting of trumpeters Conti Candoli, his brother Pete Candoli and Chuck Findley; trombonists Carl Fontana and Charlie Loper; saxophonsits Med Flory, Gus Vivona, Plas Johnson, Jerome Richardson and Bill Green; pianist Alan Broadbent; guitarist Tommy Tedesco; bassist Chuck Berghoffer; and drummer Frankie Capp. And let's ...

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Article: Album Review

Entourage Jazz: Wishes You a Cool Yule

Read "Wishes You a Cool Yule" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One of the more vexing aspects of many if not most holiday albums is the fact that they are recorded and released during the holiday season. Not only does that make the reviewer's task more troublesome, it can't be good for sales either. Who would want to buy a Christmas-themed album in February or March, let ...

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Article: Jazz Poetry

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining


My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

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Article: The Big Question

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining


Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

News: Recording

Gus Bivona: Music for Swingers

Gus Bivona: Music for Swingers

Arcuiso “Gus" Bivona was never a household-name clarinetist like Artie Shaw or Buddy DeFranco, but during the big band era and throughout the 1950s, he was one of the finest and most relaxed swing studio clarinetists in the business. He also was a rock-solid alto saxophonist. Bivona came up in the late 1930s in Will Hudson's ...

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News: Festival

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

Ballard Jazz Festival Preview: A Seattle Rite Of Spring

The Ballard Jazz Festival, Seattle's most anticipated and community oriented jazz event, will take place May 17-20, and will headline legendary saxophonist, Chico Freeman. Dubbed three decades ago as one of the “young lions" of jazz for his participation in recordings with other “stars to be," such as Wynton Marsalis, Kevin Eubanks, and Paquito D'Rivera, Freeman's ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?

Read "Time Check: A Paucity of Riches?" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On May 18, Betty and I flew to Los Angeles to attend Time Check: A Buddy Rich Alumni Reunion, a four-day panorama sponsored by the L.A. Jazz Institute and held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, about a stone's throw or two from the LAX airport. We arrived early afternoon so we could also be present for ...


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