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Vince Guaraldi


By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as "a reformed boogie-woogie piano player"—worked hard for his big break. The man eventually dubbed "Dr. Funk" by his compatriots was born in San Francisco on July 17, 1928; he graduated from Lincoln High School and then San Francisco State College. Guaraldi began performing while in college, haunting sessions at the Black Hawk and Jackson's Nook, sometimes with the {{Chubby Jackson = 7916}} / {{Bill Harris = 7445}} band, other times in combos with {{Sonny Criss = 5984}} and {{Bill Harris = 7445}}


Brazilian Horizons Vol. 2 (Brazil)

Label: BMG
Released: 2023


Brazilian Horizons Vol. 2

Label: Milestone
Released: 1999


A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Label: Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc.
Released: 2023
Track listing: Charlie Brown Blues; Thanksgiving Theme; Thanksgiving Theme (Reprise); Peppermint Patty; Little Birdie; Thanksgiving Interlude Is It James or Charlie?; Linus and Lucy; Fife & Drums Theme; Charlie Brown Blues (Reprise); Thanksgiving Interlude (Reprise); Thanksgiving Theme (2nd Reprise); Thanksgiving Theme (3rd Reprise); Thanksgiving Theme (Alternate); Peppermint Patty (Bonus Mix); Linus and Lucy (Bonus Mix); Thanksgiving Interlude (Alternate take 2, 4, and 6); Thanksgiving Interlude (Alternate take 10); Thanksgiving Interlude (Alternate take 14); Is It James or Charlie? (Bonus mix with Whistling); Clark and Guaraldi.


Article: Top Ten List

The Ten Best Jazz Christmas Albums Of All Time

Read "The Ten Best  Jazz Christmas Albums Of All Time" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes

As temperatures drop and days grow short, Winter is once again upon us. For those looking to listen to the sounds of the season without resorting to December's relentless slew of glossy, generic cash-grabs, jazz can be a breath of fresh, wintry air. You won't find (many) singers on this list, since most people already know ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ray Gallon, Larry Young, Rachel Eckroth & Vince Guaraldi

Read "Ray Gallon, Larry Young, Rachel Eckroth & Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We are kicking off the 2023 holiday season and the 830th Episode of Neon Jazz in style with Vince Guaraldi leading the march of a never-before-released Charle Brown Thanksgiving. From there, we get into a host of tasty jazz from Rachel Eckroth, Janet Evra and Maria Grapsa. We also get some perennial music from heavyweights Petros ...


Song of the Day

Little Birdie

Label: Lee Mendelson Film Productions, Inc.
Released: 2023
Duration: 03:13


Article: Album Review

Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

Read "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" reviewed by James Aren

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the people at Lee Mendelson films are serving up a fresh take on some old favorites. The soundtrack to a A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving has been released for the first time, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the special. Vince Guaraldi's voice is the first sound on the album. ...


Article: Profile

Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco

Read "Autumn Jazz Weathers Well in San Francisco" reviewed by Arthur R George

Autumn is a special season for jazz in jny: San Francisco. The weather at other times of the year variously drives one indoors for warmth, a good enough reason to seek shelter in jazz. But in the autumn, mostly gone is the bone-chilling summer fog that pours into the city from the cold Pacific Ocean. Not ...


Article: Album Review

Giuseppe Millaci and the Vogue Trio: Double Portrait

Read "Double Portrait" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

There is a distinct, European elegance of invention practiced by double bassist Giuseppe Millaci and his Vogue Trio mates--pianist Amaury Faye and drummer Lionel Beuvens--that leaves a real good impression on us inelegant Americans. Over the course of four albums for Hypnote Records--Songbook (2017), The Endless Way (2019), Interaction: Live At Flagey (2022), and now, ...


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