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Tadd Dameron as a composer and arranger was the man who in the 1940s and ‘50s was among the first to use the sometimes raw and undisciplined devices of the then- new style of jazz called bebop in well-developed arrangements for big bands and small groups. Perhaps more than any other musician, Dameron added form to the then-emerging style of bop. Born in Cleveland in 1917, Dameron grew up with music all around him, his mother first taught him to play piano, "not to read, but by memory." But, it was Dameron’s older brother, Caesar, a saxophonist, who got his brother interested in jazz by listening to the records of the big bands of the 1930’s like Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, and the Casa Loma band that was playing unique arrangements at the time. Cleveland jazz musician Andy Anderson said he first heard Dameron in the 1930s when Caesar brought his kid brother to a nightclub, and asked if the boy could sit in with the Snake White Band

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Stratusphunk: From the Airliner Lounge to Outer Space

Read "Stratusphunk: From the Airliner Lounge to Outer Space" reviewed by David Brown


This week, birthday tributes to Abby Lincoln and Byard Lancaster, solo piano works from Lucian Ban, Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou and Dr. Billy Taylor, Ellington arranges Monk, early works from George Russell and a swingin' Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Quartet live at the Airliner Lounge, and more! Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It ...

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Article: Album Review

The Burton/McPherson Trio: The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village

Read "The Summit Rock Session at Seneca Village" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Burton/McPherson Trio consists of tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton, drummer Eric McPherson and bassist Dezron Douglas. Why it isn't called the Burton/McPherson/Douglas Trio is anyone's guess; the hope is that bassist Douglas' feelings weren't too badly hurt by the omission. He may have found solace in the outer jacket's addendum, “Featuring Dezron Douglas." In any case, ...

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Article: Album Review

Dmitri Matheny: Cascadia

Read "Cascadia" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Cascadia encompasses an hour of amiable, even-tempered jazz from trumpeter Dmitri Matheny who, like several of his predecessors—Chet Baker, Chuck Mangione, Guido Basso and his mentor, Art Farmer, among them—focuses exclusively on flugelhorn. Matheny uses his gorgeous tone and remarkable lyricism to paint exquisite portraits in sound throughout a program whose ten engaging numbers enfold half ...

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Article: Album Review

Dmitri Matheny: Cascadia

Read "Cascadia" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and his quintet play perfectly on Cascadia. There is no surprise there--with a rhythm section of pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Phil Sparks and drummer Mark Ivester backing the front line of Matheny and saxophonist Charles McNeil-- perfection is the expectation. Matheny grew up in Georgia and Arizona, spent a formative and ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Kaldestad: Live at Frankie's Jazz Club

Read "Live at Frankie's Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On his fourth album for Cellar Music, western Canada-based tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad plays “Con Alma." He also plays con alma--in English, “with soul"—not only on Dizzy Gillespie's paean to human life's animating principle but throughout a more than hour-long concert at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, wherein he leads an exemplary quartet whose members are ...

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Article: Album Review

Alexander Brott: The Aesthetic Attitude

Read "The Aesthetic Attitude" reviewed by Jack Bowers


For guitarist Alexander Brott, the coronavirus pandemic that arrived in 2020 and led to the closing of most indoor venues, jazz and otherwise, was not all bad. With gigs almost non-existent, it gave the Swedish-born, Canadian-based and former New York City mainstay a chance to kick back, relax and start writing. He did so from his ...

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Article: Album Review

Blue Road Records Band: Ira: The Tribute Album

Read "Ira: The Tribute Album" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The “Ira" whose name appears above the marquee here is the late Ira Sullivan, a remarkable musician known as much for his versatility as his creativity. Sullivan, whose career spanned seven decades until his death in September 2020 at age eighty-nine, is warmly saluted on Ira: The Tribute Album by the six-member Blue Road Records Band, ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tadd Dameron

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tadd Dameron

All About Jazz is celebrating Tadd Dameron's birthday today! Tadd Dameron as a composer and arranger was the man who in the 1940s and ‘50s was among the first to use the sometimes raw and undisciplined devices of the then- new style of jazz called bebop in well-developed arrangements for big bands and small groups. Perhaps ...

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Article: Album Review

Samara Joy: Samara Joy

Read "Samara Joy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Samara Joy. Segnatevi il nome perché la giovanissima cantante di New York è destinata a un brillante futuro. Questo disco d'esordio—registrato nell'ottobre 2020 a 22 anni—conferma le doti per cui ha vinto il Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition del 2019. Samara Joy è un naturale talento dal timbro luminoso, che rinnova con ...


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