Jazz

VIDEO / DVD: Shirley Scott: Like Cozy

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Shirley Scott was an extraordinary organist. Whether in a trio setting or teamed with tenor saxophone giants Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis or Stanley Turrentine, her most frequent partners, Scott could rock. She was masterful at unleashing soulful chords and getting under your skin with swinging lines. She also could match her male partners note for note and often competitively pushed them to be groovier than they intended. But Scott also was a terrific pianist...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Frank Melrose

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All About Jazz is celebrating Frank Melrose's birthday today! Franklyn Taft Melrose was an American jazz and blues pianist, who recorded as Kansas City Frank. He was born in Sumner, Illinois and was the younger brother of Walter and Lester Melrose, who had set up the Melrose Brothers Music Company in Chicago, in 1918. He became one of the leading figures in the Chicago blues and jazz scene of the 1920s and 1930s. Frank's first instrument was violin, but he later took up piano... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Frank Sinatra: Only the Lonely

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Some things are distinctly American: a black leather motorcycle jacket, a Zippo lighter, a surf board, a Corvette and and iPhone. Add to the list Frank Sinatra's "Hey" that opens Angel Eyes on Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely. Recorded in May and June 1958, the album of saloon-y torch songs was recently reissued in October. The two-CD set features both the original mono version and a new stereo remix, plus a handful of alternate takes, false starts and outtakes...

RECORDING: King Crimson's David Cross and No-Man's Andrew Booker's Unreleased 2006 Album Ends Meeting

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David Cross was a member of King Crimson during the 1970s and Andrew Booker was a member of No-Man, Sanguine Hum and Peter Banks's Harmony in Diversity. This PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED STUDIO ALBUM was recorded in 2006 but had not seen a release until now. David Cross said of the release 'I met Andrew some years ago when the David Cross Band were touring with Pete Banks's Harmony and Diversity. Andrew was the drummer with that band and we got together after the tour to record some tracks. This eventually turned into the album we're releasing. Andrew brought a great deal of creativity and high level production skills to the project and is one of those people who make it easy to play -- a wonderful talent...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Desmond

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All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Desmond's birthday today! Paul Desmond was revered for the pure, gentle tone of his alto saxophone, and the elegant lyricism of his improvisations. For seventeen years he was the lead soloist in the most commercially successful jazz combo ever, the Dave Brubeck Quartet. In an era that worshipped the frenetic, bebop style of Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond found his own sound, a tone that he claimed imitated a "dry martini... Read more...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Teddy Wilson

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All About Jazz is celebrating Teddy Wilson's birthday today! His airy, effortless style, with its emphasis on lightly accompanied right-hand melody, was a key element in the transition from swing to bebop, and many modern jazz pianists took Wilson\'s approach as their starting point. His early recordings were percussive and forceful, but as he matured his technique became graceful, almost elegant. He was a gifted artist who used the full range of his instrument to his advantage... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Christian McBride'S New Jawn

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This week, let's take a look at some videos of bassist Christian McBride's New Jawn, who will be in St. Louis to perform starting this coming Wednesday, November 29 through Sunday, December 2 at Jazz St. Louis. A man of many musical projects, McBride has played at the Bistro several times in recent years with both his trio and his Inside Straight quintet, and also leads a big band, which hasn't toured extensively for the usual economic reasons, but won a Grammy Award in 2012 and again in 2018...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Record Stores Celebrate Black Friday, Small Business Saturday w/ Exclusives, Sales and Events

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The team and growing network of indie stores behind Record Store Day are celebrating both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this weekend November 23- 24 with an extensive array of exclusive releases, special sales, in-store performances, signings and events. Most exclusives (extensive list below) will debut on Black Friday. But on Saturday, Record Store Day continues its 6 year collaboration with Small Business Saturday with exclusive releases from Ben Folds, Tony Bennett and Diana Krall, Ingrid Michaelson and Kid Doe (a collaboration between Particle Kid and John Doe), alongside additional events and sales...

PERFORMANCE / TOUR: Keyboard Artistry on Parade

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You'd have to look far and wide to find anyone matching Bobby van Deusen's talents at the piano. He's a master of a wide range of jazz styles, possesses fine classical chops and astonishing technique. All of that- and then some- was on display Friday, November 23 at the South County Jazz Club's matinee season concert opener in Venice FL...

RECORDING: NYC Acoustic Duo Yagull's New Album Yuna - Marriage of Piano and Guitar - Cinematic, Lyrical, Truly Intimate Recording

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Yagull represents an ethereal beauty that takes you on a transformative journey. Throughout the course of the band's discography, Sasha Markovic and Kana Kamitsubo have smoothly blended the guitar and piano, respectively, to produce exquisite splendor in melody and mood. One feels the music of Yagull in a spiritual, emotional intensity that is rarely equaled. A metamorphosis occurs for the listener...

RADIO: JazzWeek Radio Chart: November 26, 2018

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All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek radio chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations around the United States. Enjoy! TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Stefon Harris and Blackout Sonic Creed (Motema) 272 300 -2...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Emil Viklicky

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All About Jazz is celebrating Emil Viklicky's birthday today! Emil Viklicky was born in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), where in 1971 he graduated from Palacky University with a degree in mathematics. While a student he devoted much time to playing jazz piano. In 1974, he was awarded the prize for best soloist at the Czechoslovak Amateur Jazz Festival, and that same year he joined Karel Velebny\'s SHQ ensemble. In 1976... Read more...

RECORDING: Jmood Records Releases World Gardens by the Roberto Magris Quartet

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JMood Records is pleased to announce the CD release of World Gardens by The m: Roberto Magris Quartet. 'This music remains rooted in the jazz tradition. It uses the modern jazz idioms, but, will move in different directions as we match some African type rhythms with some European melodic concepts and harmonies, Asian sensibilities and classic scales although we stir up some pop and rock references that include present urban experiences to reach a sort of modern jazz melting pot. A beautiful concept and appropriate title,' says jazz impresario Paul Collins, JMood Records. 'As we accept one another and cultures from around the world, we will once again see a burst in innovation and creativity! A beautiful...World Garden...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Gunther Schuller

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All About Jazz is celebrating Gunther Schuller's birthday today! The composer Gunther Schuller is, famously, a man of many musical pursuits. He began his professional life as a horn player in both the jazz and classical worlds, working as readily with Miles Davis and Gil Evans as with Toscanini; he was principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony from age sixteen and later of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra until 1959. In the 1950s he began a conducting career focusing largely on contemporary music... Read more...

VIDEO / DVD: Thanksgiving, 2018

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This is a national holiday in the United States, important ever since the newly arrived Pilgrims and the native Wampanoag gave thanks in 1621. To Americans observing it, the Rifftides staff sends wishes for a Happy holiday. To readers in the US and around the world: thank you for your interest, readership and comments, which are always welcome...

VIDEO / DVD: Audio Clips: By the Fireside

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The same English songwriter and bandleader who gave us Cherokee, The Touch of Your Lips and The Very Thought of You, among others, wrote By the Fireside with Jimmy Campbell and Reg Connelly. Composed in London in 1931, the song was published in the U.S. that same year by Robbins Music. Noble was first to record the song in London with his New Mayfair Dance Orchestra on January 8, 1932, with Al Bowlly singing the vocal. American bands quickly followed, recording the song in February and March and beyond. That year, By the Fireside reached acclaim on American college campuses just before the bank crashes and the onset of the Depression...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Streaming Breathes New Life into Older Record Catalogs

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As the rise of the streaming industry continues to alter the ways in which listeners consume music, we're starting to get a better handle on what some of these changes look like. One change that's been a benefit to artists is the revivification of their older work, or "catalogue" material, with more listeners reaching back to "re-discover" older recorded works...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: 10 Charles Nathan Lead Sheets for Free - 2 Days Only

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Soaring Music Publications is offering all 10 of the Charles Nathan lead sheets for free starting on Black Friday and ending on the following Saturday. That's a 48-hour period where 10 songs, in 7 different keys will all be available for free. There are no conditions to meet to qualify for the free downloading of the lead sheets...

BIRTHDAY: Jazz Musician of the Day: Coleman Hawkins

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All About Jazz is celebrating Coleman Hawkins' birthday today! Coleman Hawkins single-handedly brought the saxophone to the prominence in jazz that the instrument enjoys. Before he hit the scene, jazz groups had little use for the instrument. One player (forgot who) said, "with all due respect to Adolph Sax, Coleman Hawkins invented the saxophone." Hawkins, or "Bean", as he was known as, started playing cello at a young age before switching to the saxophone... Read more...

MUSIC INDUSTRY: Recording Academy Shifts to 'Community-Driven Membership,' but Could It Lead to Less Diversity?

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The Recording Academy, whose members determine the Grammy Awards, has announced a new "community driven" membership model, as part of an an effort to increase diversity and build a more relevant organization. But could new professional recommendation and peer review requirements have the opposite effect, turning Academy membership and The Grammys into an insider's game...

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