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  • Pharoah Sanders, Jazz Saxophonist Great, Has Passed Away At The Age of 81

    09/24/2022 7:25:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Udiscovermusic ^ | September 24, 2022 | Charles Waring
    The jazz saxophonist worked closely with John Coltrane and was a pioneer of the avant-garde movement.Pharoah Sanders, the jazz saxophonist who worked closely with John Coltrane and was a pioneer of the avant-garde movement, has died. He was 81 years old. No one played the tenor saxophone quite like Pharoah Sanders. When he blew his horn, it was as if he was a dragon breathing fire. He played it so loudly and with such a fierce intensity that what came out of his horn was a startlingly eerie howl, like a hurricane crossed with a flame-thrower; a sound that...
  • Joey Defrancesco (1971-2022)

    08/28/2022 7:14:57 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 3 replies
    Hammond News ^ | 8/26/22 | Hammond News
    Joey DeFrancesco was 16 years old when he signed an exclusive recording contract with Columbia Records. The following year he released his first record, titled All of Me. His performance on All of Me has been attributed as helping bring back the organ to jazz music during the 1980s. That same year, DeFrancesco joined Miles Davis and his band on a five-week concert tour in Europe. He followed up with playing keyboard on Davis’ album Amandla, which reached No. 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart in 1989
  • How The Newport Jazz Festival Changed The Live Jazz Experience Forever

    08/20/2022 6:10:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Udiscover Music ^ | August 20, 2022
    Explore how the Newport Jazz Festival survived riots, rock, and revolution to birth some of jazz’s greatest live albums. In 1954 the smallest state in America started a tradition that changed the live jazz experience forever. Since then, the Newport Jazz Festival has been on board for every evolutionary phase of the music — bop, cool jazz, fusion, free jazz, whatever mode was making waves wound up on its stage. Luckily, the magic that masters like Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Gerry Mulligan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Cecil Taylor worked at Newport is captured on decades’ worth of live albums that...
  • ‘Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins’ Leads Next Acoustic Sounds Reissues

    05/13/2022 5:02:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Udiscovermusic ^ | May 5, 2022 | Paul Sexton
    The series continues throughout 2022 with titles by Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and many more. Published on May 5, 2022By Paul Sexton'Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins artwork - Courtesy: Verve/UMe'Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins' artwork - Courtesy: Verve/UMe Verve/UMe’s all-analog vinyl reissue series Acoustic Sounds has confirmed its next set of audiophile pressings of significant and beloved jazz recordings. On the back of nearly two dozen releases to date, each painstakingly remastered from the original tapes, the series continues with the May 13 appearance of the 1963 Impulse! release Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins. The storied Impulse! label was the...
  • ‘What A Wonderful World’: Louis Armstrong’s Iconic Life-Affirming Ballad

    05/05/2022 1:53:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Udiscovermusic ^ | May 5, 2022 | Charles Waring
    The story behind the jazz legend’s final hit and, quite simply, one of the most beautiful songs ever written.The legendary New Orleans singer and trumpeter Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong had been making records since 1923, but in February 1968, at the age of 66, he released “What A Wonderful World,” which would become the biggest-selling song of his long and storied career. Though renowned as one of the pioneers of Dixieland-style jazz in the 1920s, Armstrong was no stranger to the pop charts in the 1960s, having topped Billboard’s Hot 100 with the Grammy-winning single, “Hello Dolly,” in 1964. But “What...
  • Why Arturo Sandoval Matters

    05/03/2022 7:30:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Udiscovermusic ^ | May 3, 2022 | Raj Tawney
    The trumpeter has transcended eras and genres throughout his remarkable career.Cuban-American trumpeter Arturo Sandoval may not be a household name to the casual jazz listener – but he ought to be. For over five decades, Sandoval has been fusing together the Afro-Cuban rhythms and beats of his birthplace with modern jazz compositions. With a discography of more than 30 albums, he’s amassed a bevy of accolades: ten Grammy Awards, six Billboard Awards, an Emmy Award, a Hispanic Heritage Award, an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Notre Dame, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom – awarded by President Obama...
  • Andy Summers Shows His Jazz Roots

    01/27/2022 1:30:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Jazz Journal ^ | 08 January 2022 | Mark Gilbert
    In an interview for BBC Radio 4 the Police guitarist gave glimpses of late 50s guitar culture and recommended Luis Bonfa and Wes MontgomeryIn the 1980s – probably the most musically fluent decade in pop since rock music arrived in the UK in the late 1950s – many (not enough) noticed the harmonic sophistication of The Police and the (let’s say) “jazzy” chords employed by the trio’s guitarist, Andy Summers. His use of chord extensions and suspensions became a signature of the band, evident in songs such as Roxanne and Message In A Bottle. It’s no surprise then that as...
  • Mary Lou Williams thought jazz had the power to heal. The Catholic Church agreed.

    10/29/2021 4:54:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 7, 2021 | Yonat Shimron
    A popular biography of the legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger gives a glimpse of how art can serve the pursuit of holiness.Among the popular biographies of notable Catholics in Liturgical Press’ series “People of God” are many household names: Dorothy Day, Flannery O’Connor, Oscar Romero, Thomas Merton, Sister Helen Prejean and, of course, Pope Francis. Its latest subject, Mary Lou Williams, is far lesser known — both as a legendary jazz pianist-composer and a devout Catholic. Williams, who died in 1981, believed jazz was “healing to the soul” and found a welcome home among churchmen and religious sisters who...
  • Coltrane’s New ‘Love Supreme’

    10/22/2021 9:49:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The studio version has long been recognized as the jazz saxophonist’s masterwork. But a recently unearthed live recording is nothing short of a revelation.ltrane stood apart for his indifference to the scene. While Miles Davis socialized with Harry Belafonte and Marlon Brando at uptown galas, and the pianist Cecil Taylor and Coleman mingled with bohemian painters and poets on the Lower East Side, Coltrane lived with his family in the middle-class suburb of Dix Hills, Long Island, and kept to himself. He projected selfless dedication, purpose, and—as the alto saxophonist Darius Jones recently put it to me—“service.” Service—or, more precisely,...
  • Alfred ‘Pee Wee’ Ellis, James Brown Bandleader And Prolific Songwriter, Dies Aged 80

    09/24/2021 6:46:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Udiscovermusic ^ | September 24, 2021 | Harry Weinger
    The songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist was best known as the bandleader and arranger for the James Brown Orchestra during its most prolific and groundbreaking period. Published on September 24, 2021By Harry Weinger Pee Wee Ellis - Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesPee Wee Ellis (L) and Maceo Parker perform as part of the 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 5, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images uDiscover Music - Facebook ShareuDiscover Music - Twitter ShareuDiscover Music - Email ShareuDiscover Music - Comments Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, the songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist best known as the bandleader...
  • Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ ‘First Flight To Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings’ Set For Release

    09/15/2021 11:13:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Udiscovermusic ^ | September 15, 2021 | Tim Peacock
    The Jazz Messengers were among the first modern jazz groups to tour Japan, and the adoring audiences were enthralled.On November 5, Blue Note Records will release First Flight to Tokyo: The Lost 1961 Recordings: a thrilling previously unreleased live recording of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers captured at Hibiya Public Hall in Tokyo on January 14, 1961 during the band’s first-ever tour of Japan. The Jazz Messengers were among the first modern jazz groups to tour the country, and adoring Japanese audiences were enthralled by one of the band’s all-time great line-ups featuring the legendary drummer with Lee Morgan...
  • Legendary singer’s granddaughter claims Kamala Harris ‘bullied’ her mother to the point of near suicide

    06/21/2021 6:51:55 AM PDT · by Robert DeLong · 19 replies
    BizPacReview (BPR) ^ | June 21, 2021 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    The granddaughter of legendary jazz singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone is accusing Vice President Kamala Harris of stealing the family estate and giving it to “white people.” She claims that Harris “bullied” her mother in court to the point of near suicide. “Nina’s granddaughter here,” ReAnna Simone Kelly tweeted on Saturday after someone asked why a Twitter account was created for the late singer. “My family doesn’t run her estate anymore. It was taken away from us [and] given to white people. Our family name was DRAGGED in the media. We get NO royalties, nothing. Wanna hold someone...
  • Today is Charles Mingus' Birthday. I Love Jazz Music

    04/22/2021 9:31:23 AM PDT · by real saxophonist · 8 replies
    mostly youtube ^ | 22 Apr 21 | Mainly me
    Charles Mingus did a recording called 'Scenes in the City'.Years later, Branford Marsalis did his version.That was the intro to my Jazz Show, every Wednesday night, for three years.
  • WATCH: Utah Gov. claims it's not racist for white children to be excluded from Jazz-funded college scholarships

    04/16/2021 8:36:31 AM PDT · by rxsid · 30 replies ^ | 04.15.2021 | thepostmillennial
    WATCH: Utah Gov. claims it's not racist for white children to be excluded from Jazz-funded college scholarships"That stuff just doesn't go away overnight and kids that—we're working very hard on, on equity, making sure that every kid in our state has the same opportunities as others," Governor Cox said. Governor Spencer Cox took a call during a the "Let Me Speak to the Governor" question period on a local radio station KSL on Thursday from a constituent who was concerned about the Utah Jazz's new scholarship program. The scholarship program, implemented by the basketball this year, promised a college scholarship...
  • Chick Corea Dead at 79.

    02/11/2021 9:13:17 PM PST · by lee martell · 28 replies
    February 11 2021 | Lee Martell
    I just found out that jazz pianist Chick Corea has died today from a rare form of cancer. I never knew all that much about him. I still don't. What I do recall was his album The Leprechaun from 1976. Pleasant listening. I had hoped to see him live someday. Not meant to be. I used to play that album on repeat for hours as I did my homework in College. Corea and the group Weather Report were among my favorites. Back in Columbus Ohio. I will leave it up to someone more deeply versed in jazz piano to describe...
  • Chick Corea Dies: Jazz Legend Who Played With Miles Davis, Won 23 Grammys Was 79

    02/11/2021 2:51:21 PM PST · by RckyRaCoCo · 94 replies
    Deadline ^ | 02/11/2021 | Tom Tapp
    American jazz pioneer, composer, keyboardist and bandleader Chick Corea passed away on Tuesday, according to a post on his Facebook page. He was 79 years old. The Facebook statement says Corea died from “a rare form of cancer which was only discovered very recently.” Corea was the fourth-most-nominated artist in the history of the Grammys, with 65 nominations, winning 23 times. He also earned 3 Latin Grammy Awards, the most of any artist in the Best Instrumental Album category.
  • How Vince Guaraldi’s Timeless Jazz Song Became a Cherished American Standard Because of Charlie Brown

    12/19/2020 8:59:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    American Songwriter ^ | 12/19 | Paul Zollo
    `Linus and Lucy’ and other music he created for the Charlie Brown TV Specials reverberate forever in the American heart It’s great music to hear anytime, but especially this time of year. It’s the late jazz composer Vince Guaraldi’s joyful music for the Charlie Brown TV specials. His song, “Linus and Lucy” has become the main theme of all the Charlie Brown specials, though it was first used in the Charlie Brown Christmas special. Nobody had ever used a soundtrack of hip piano jazz for an animated feature before this. Composers such as the great Carl Stalling did compose tremendously...
  • Denver’s El Chapultepec Nightclub, A Favorite Haunt For Jazz Aficionados, Closes

    12/07/2020 11:12:28 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 27 replies
    CBSDenver ^ | December 7, 2020
    Denver’s El Chapultepec Nightclub, A Favorite Haunt For Jazz Aficionados, Closes December 7, 2020 DENVER (CBS4) – El Chapultepec at 20th and Market Street in Denver is closing for good, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The unpretentious bar in LoDo was where jazz greats often stopped to play for free, just for the love of music. Jerry Krantz ran “The Pec” as it’s most commonly known, for decades, even long before the revival brought on by the building of Coors Field. He died in 2012 and the bar had been going strong thanks to his daughter Angela Guerrero...
  • Hot Jazz Saturday Night has returned to the airwaves

    11/14/2020 4:11:54 PM PST · by deks · 7 replies
    WAMU 88.5 FM American University, Washington D.C. ^ | November 14, 2020 | Rob Bamberger
    To listen, click on "LIVE" at the top of the linked page... Swing into the weekend with Hot Jazz Saturday Night on WAMU! Each week, host Rob Bamberger celebrates the great American music of the early twentieth century, playing vintage jazz, swing and big band recordings from the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s.
  • Sonny Rollins at 90: A Guided Tour of the Saxophone Colossus on Record, By Decade

    09/11/2020 3:09:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    WBGO ^ | SEP 6, 2020 | NATE CHINEN
    In Take Five, hear one sterling track for each decade of Sonny’s monumental career. What that means, of course, is that we’re spotlighting a total of seven tracks, spanning 55 years. They range from broadly celebrated to borderline obscure, but without any of the most obvious picks. (You already know where to find those.) And along with the music, enjoy a handful of photographs of recent-vintage Rollins by WBGO’s own Jonathan Chimene. Happy 90th birthday, Sonny! Here’s to all the beauty you’ve given us, and the sterling example you continue to set. “Bird Medley” (1956) An embarrassment of riches: that’s...