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Tardo Hammer

Born in Queens, New York in 1958, Tardo Hammer began playing piano at age 5, and after dabbling with clarinet and guitar, returned to piano at age 13. By his mid teenage years he was listening heavily to jazz recordings of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and others and teaching himself to play that music on the piano and with other young musicians Hammer's first professional appearance was on New Year's Eve, 1973, when he and five other fifteen year olds entertained the revelers with renditions of Ornithology, Four, Round Midnight, Scrapple From the Apple, Buzzy and So What. They were fired shortly before midnight. In 1977 Hammer took up residence in a Chelsea loft, where regular jam sessions took place

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Never Forget to Say Thank You

Read "Never Forget to Say Thank You" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we feature Grammy nominees and finalists from the Hot House/Jazzmobile NYC Readers Jazz Awards, a new release from Alice Ricciardi and Pietro Lussu, plus birthday shout outs to June Christy, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mandel, Etta Jones, pianist Geoffrey Keezer and Michelle Ann May of Musique Noire, among others. Playlist Musique Noire “Pretty ...

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Wild Women Don't Get the Blues - Happy birthday to Ida Cox

Read "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues - Happy birthday to Ida Cox" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast on the first Sunday of Women's History Month included new releases from Jenna Mammina, Lioness and Claudia Acuna with birthday shout outs to Ida Cox, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, vocalists Roseanna Vitro, Sara Gazarek, Sara Serpa, and pianist Kirk Nurock among others, plus a sampling of who's playing around town and tributes to Andre ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gilad Edelman: My Groove, Your Move

Read "My Groove, Your Move" reviewed by David A. Orthmann

Gilad Edelman is the son of Marc Edelman, the brains and will behind Sharp Nine Records, a fiercely independent label which has produced some of the finest straight-ahead jazz records of the past fifteen years. Despite limited resources and operating in the midst of the industry's severe downturn, Sharp Nine has released impressive recordings by significant, ...

Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE

Read "Big Jazz on SmallsLIVE" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar

Since its launch in 2010, the SmallsLIVE record label has been offering a substantial sampling of the outstanding jazz talent consistently featured at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City's Greenwich Village. Musicians who appear on the label range from the great veterans Harold Mabern and Jimmy Cobb to contemporary players at the top of their ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Grant Stewart: The Sound of Hard Bop Today

Read "Grant Stewart: The Sound of Hard Bop Today" reviewed by Marta Ramon

Grant Stewart is regarded as one of the most influential tenor sax players of the contemporary jazz scene. After nine formative years of intense learning and playing in his hometown of Toronto, the 19 year- old Stewart took his saxophone and bought a flight to New York. Once there, he did things his own way from ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Norwich Jazz Party 2010

Read "Norwich Jazz Party 2010" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Norwich Jazz Party Norwich, UK May 1-3, 2010 Norwich may well be one of the loveliest cities in Britain, but the May Day holiday weekend was wet and miserable, volcanic ash from Iceland was still threatening travel plans and even the exciting prospect of a General Election the following week ...

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Big Awards Day in Gotham

Read "Big Awards Day in Gotham" reviewed by Dan Morgenstern

It's been a while since we last met in my Den, so I thought I'd share a very special summer doubleheader with you.June 16 was a big jazz day in New York. It began in mid-afternoon at the Jazz Standard, with the 13th Annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. Arriving not long after starting ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Grant Stewart: Plays the Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

Read "Plays the Music of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn" reviewed by George Kanzler

Here's a refreshing take on Ellingtonia, one that doesn't rely on the overdone ("Take the A Train," “Perdido") or easy ("C-Jam Blues"). Canadian native Grant Stewart brings a post-Swing, combo approach to his Ellingtonia, even going so far as to reference Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk{{ and the {{Duke Ellington/John Coltrane collaboration. The ...

Look Stop & Listen: The Music of Tadd Dameron

Label: Sharp Nine Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: Focus; Look Stop & Listen; Smooth as the Wind; Dial B for Beauty; The Squirrel; Hot House; Super Jet; If You Could See Me Now; Our Delight; Flossie Lou.


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