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Thad Jones: Rehearsal Session

Thad Jones: Rehearsal Session

In February 1977 (I'm guessing), Thad Jones was rehearsing his orchestra in preparation for a performance with Dexter Gordon as guest soloist. I've narrowed the year to '77 because Gordon returned to the U.S. in 1976 and signed with Columbia and Jones left for Denmark abruptly in 1979. Gordon's famed Homecoming recording was in December '76. ...

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Stan Getz + Horace Silver

Stan Getz + Horace Silver

Born in Norwalk, Conn., in 1928, pianist Horace Silver found himself leading the house trio at a Hartford club called the Sundown in 1950. That year, the club brought in Stan Getz, and the Silver trio played behind him. Getz liked their feel so much he promised to call them. Yeah, right, they thought. But two ...

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Chuck Wayne in 11 Clips

Chuck Wayne in 11 Clips

Fleet-fingered and an ear for the saxophone, Chuck Wayne was one of the first guitarists to play bebop. He recorded with Joe Marsala and Dizzy Gillespie in January 1945 and then with the Gillespie Sextet in February on Groovin' High and Blue 'n' Boogie with Dexter Gordon. He also was in Woody Herman's First Herd in ...

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Roberto Magris And Two Good Czechs

Roberto Magris And Two Good Czechs

An Italian of Slovenian ancestry who grew up in Trieste, pianist Roberto Magris frequently tours in Europe with colleagues from a variety of European nations. He also works in in the United States, where he operates the record label called JMood. Here, we see and hear Magris a few weeks ago in the Birdland Jazz Club ...

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Harlan Leonard: 1940

Harlan Leonard: 1940

Kansas City big bands of the 1930s were distinct. A product of the city's dance and nightlife economy, the bands there embraced the blues with a jump feel that became known as swing. To complete, the bands were arranged in such a way that different sections of the orchestra riffed among themselves, as if caucusing in ...

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John Jenkins & Kenny Burrell

John Jenkins & Kenny Burrell

Alto saxophonist John Jenkins never recorded a bad album—as a leader or a sideman. When you hear him, the first person you think of is Jackie McLean. Both had an urgent, insistent edge, particularly on the saxophone's upper register. Remarkably, Jenkins recorded just 11 albums, only three of which were leadership dates. Given how special Jenkins ...

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A Story About Zoot And Hawk

A Story About Zoot And Hawk

Here’s an item purloined (with his permission) from bassist Bill Crow’s column “The Band Room” in Allegro, the publication of New York Local 802 of the American Federation Of Musicians. Zoot Sims was one of the many tenor saxophonists who took Lester Young’s style as a starting point for their own development. But Zoot also idolized ...

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Diana Panton: Cheerful Earful

Diana Panton: Cheerful Earful

Diana Panton's voice is irresistible. It's not just that her phrasing is rich with mischief and joy. Or that she has great taste in songs and that she gleefully avoids tired songbook standards. For me, it's her sound and skills. She's always in pitch, no matter the risks taken with her voice, and there's a hip, ...

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Father Tom Vaughn: Village Gate

Father Tom Vaughn: Village Gate

In the post-war jazz universe, two men of the cloth stand out. The first was Father Norman O'Connor, who was known as the “Jazz Priest." Boston University's Catholic chaplain in 1951, O'Connor was a board member of the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and appeared in his priest collar when serving as master of ceremonies ...

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Sing Along With Armstrong And Parker

Sing Along With Armstrong And Parker

Permit me to tell you how my yesterday went. It went badly. Here’s why. I prepared a Rifftides post that included a video. After the preliminary work and I was ready to post, I got a “video unavailable” notification. I settled on another post, put it together and got a second “video unavailable” message. So, I ...


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