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Stuff Smith: Swing Violinist

Read "Stuff Smith: Swing Violinist" reviewed by AAJ Staff

From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in 2002. When Hezekiah Leroy Gordon “Stuff" Smith picked up the violin, the house began to rock. The second major popularizer of the violin in jazz after Joe Venuti, Stuff received great success with his small high energy swing band in the ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

Sonny Buxton: Strayhorn’s Last Drummer, A Radio Master Class Mid-Day Saturdays

Read "Sonny Buxton: Strayhorn’s Last Drummer, A Radio Master Class Mid-Day Saturdays" reviewed by Arthur R George

Sociologist, anthropologist, historian: storyteller, raconteur, entrepreneur and griot, in the guise of a deejay. Registrar, dean, professor: The jazz class of Sonny Buxton is barely concealed as entertainment within his weekly radio program every Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific time on San Francisco Bay Area FM station KCSM 91.1, streaming live on kcsm.org.

NEWS: OBITUARY

Svend Asmussen, RIP

Svend Asmussen, RIP

Svend Asmussen, the Danish violinist who thrived in eight decades of stardom, died yesterday—three weeks short of his 101st birthday. He was one of the handful of violinists who in the 1930s proved the instrument capable of swing and emotional expression at the highest jazz level. He may well have been the only man still alive ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mads Tolling and the Mads Men: Playing the 60s

Read "Playing the 60s" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

From the first arco tones, something sounds very familiar, yet hard to identify. The tone in question is big and full, dry, but not too much so. Were this tone a libation, it would be an Old Fashion. Sleek and commanding, yes, this makes me think of Svend Asmussen. This should be no surprise both wunderkind ...

The Incomparable Fiddler

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: CD1: Jazz Potpourri 1 and 2; The Booglie Wooglie Piggie; Hanne Vent På Mig ; You’re My Sunshine; Gershwin Medley 1 and 2; Cherokee; Exactly Like You; Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home; It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing; My Old Man; Three Little Words; That’s My Weakness Now; How’m I Doin,’ Hey Hey. CD2: Rhythm Is Our Business; Panhandle Pete; Be My Life’s Companion; Ellington Mood; Svend’s Riff; Someone To Watch Over Me; Darktown Strutters’ Ball; Schöner Gigolo; Cotton Tail; Indian Summer; After You’ve Gone; When You’re Smiling; Moonglow; Carry Me Back To Old Virginia; Fiddler In Rio; Jeepers Creepers; Svend’s Blues; Poor Butterfly; Georgia Camp Meeting; Hallelujah; Honeysuckle Rose; How About You; Jazz Me Blues. CD3: Honeysuckle Rose; Blue Lady; So Sorry; Twins; Satin Doll; Love Is Back; Someone To Watch Over Me; Parisian Thoroughfare; Honeysuckle Rose; Someone To Watch Over Me; Satin Doll; Crazy Rhythm. CD4: The C Jam Blues; Caravan; Timme’s Blues; Oh, Lady Be Good; Minor Swing; Sweet Georgia Brown; Groovin’ High; June Night. CD5: Running Wild; Bye Bye Blackbird; Take Off Blues; I Loves You Porgy; Wrapping It Up; Groove Merchant; Latino; Columbine Polka Mazurka; The Mooche; Prelude To A Kiss; A Night In Tunisia. DVD: It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing; Lapp Nils Polska; Trubbel; Just A Gigolo; Pent Up House; C Jam Blues; June Night.

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David Grisman Sextet at Chautauqua Auditorium

Read "David Grisman Sextet at Chautauqua Auditorium" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

David Grisman Sextet Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder, Colorado August 12, 2016 Wag More, Bark Less. That's a popular bumper sticker, but it could also be a theme, a motto, a catch phrase or even the guiding philosophy for the David Grisman Sextet whenever it unleashes its very own “Dawg Music." Friday night ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Svend Asmussen: The Incomparable Fiddler

Read "The Incomparable Fiddler" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Danish violinist Svend Asmussen this year celebrates his 100th birthday. This boxed set of five CDs and one DVD looks back on a career in jazz that started in 1933 at Copenhagen's Apollo Theater, when “the Fiddling Viking" was just 17, full of youthful confidence and fronting his own quartet. Four years later ...

Embraceable

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Singin’ In The Rain; Sophisticated Lady; Hushabye; Trubbel; Prelude In C-Minor; Things Ain’t What They Used To Be; Waltz For Sonny; Just A Gigolo; There Will Never Be Another You; Embraceable You; Pent-up House; June Night.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Svend Asmussen: Embraceable

Read "Embraceable" reviewed by Chris Mosey

In 1987 when he was a young man of 70, Svend Asmussen played a gig in a small club in Paris. This year, on the eve of his 100th birthday, the Danish violinist rediscovered a tape made of the evening for a Parisian radio station. He says: “I assumed it would be just another radio show ...


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