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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}}

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jerry Granelli Trio: Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison

Read "Plays Vince Guaraldi & Mose Allison" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Prossimo a celebrare gli ottant'anni (li compirà il 30 dicembre prossimo), il batterista Jerry Granelli riprende in mano il materiale di due autori che hanno avuto grande importanza per la sua formazione: il pianista Vince Guaraldi, con il quale collaborò per tre intensi anni all'inizio della sua carriera, e il pianista-cantante Mose Allison, nel cui trio ...

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Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk

Read "Danny Scher: Back To School With Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

A high-stakes election season. Streets filled with rage and protest. Cries for racial justice and equity. The latest news from summer 2020? Of course, but that also describes the American Scene in the summer of 1968, when a high school student in Palo Alto, California, first got the idea to book Thelonious Monk to play his ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

Jazz Musician of the Day: Vince Guaraldi

All About Jazz is celebrating Vince Guaraldi's birthday today! By Derrick Bang Like most so-called overnight successes, Vincent Anthony Guaraldi—who forever described himself as “a reformed boogie-woogie pianist"—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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes

Read "Jerry Granelli: Updating Music of Past Heroes" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

"I've earned the privilege of not playing anything I don't want to play," says drummer Jerry Granelli, whose past is replete with the names of many greats in jazz for whom he supplied rhythmic support--sometimes force--over several decades. “That used to be a fear," he adds, “You figured if you turned something down, the ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Jerry Granelli, Lisa Ullén, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Yells At Eels

Read "Jerry Granelli, Lisa Ullén, Rudresh Mahanthappa & Yells At Eels" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Drummer extraordinaire Jerry Granelli says he doesn't look back too much, he'd prefer to move forward with his music, but with Jamie Saft and Brad Jones in tow, he decided the time was right to rediscover some of the tunes he played backing Vince Guaraldi and Mose Allison years back. A sample of his new album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Christian Tamburr: The Awakening (Sounds For Sculpture)

Read "The Awakening (Sounds For Sculpture)" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

For vibraphonist Christian Tamburr, a walk through the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey offered a world of sonic possibilities reflected in the bounties of natures and the wonders of Seward Johnson's craftsmanship. Creating physical splendor and a touch of the unexpected in statuary, Johnson, world-renowned for his bronze sculptures, aimed for his work to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Linley Hamilton Quintet: For The Record

Read "For The Record" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Linley Hamilton's fifth album is a cross-Atlantic affair. Alongside regular collaborators Cian Boylan and Derek 'Doc' O'Connor, the Irish trumpeter has enrolled the services of New York heavyweights Adam Nussbaum and Mark Egan—fellow instructors at the annual Sligo Jazz Project where Hamilton has long been a fixture. The quintet rounded off a short Northern Irish tour ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brian Scanlon: Brain Scan

Read "Brain Scan" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Woodwind artist Brian Scanlon has established himself as one of the most respected of the go-to players working the L.A. studio scene. His offerings in the Grammy®-winning “Big Phat Band" have lent plenty to that unit's success. In the intriguingly named Brain Scan, Scanlon moves out into the leader's spotlight with a superb ...

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The Top Ten Christmas Jazz Albums Of All Time

Read "The Top Ten Christmas Jazz 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 ...


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