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Archive for January 2008

January 7, 2008

 

Lee Konitz Very Cool

Lee Konitz: the Verve Years

Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is a longtime master of melodic improvisation who's played a part in some of jazz's most momentous acts.

January 28, 2008

 

John Handy Monterey

Handy With The Horn: The Rise Of John Handy

A musical portrait of the early years of one of the few surviving saxophone heroes from the 1950s and 60s golden age of hardbop.

January 8, 2008

 

Jazz for After the Dentist’s Office: Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans

Cannonball Adderley Bill Evans Know What I MeanMost jazz lovers have favorite albums that they turn to for certain moods, times, or occasions–or just out of habit, because over the years that particular LP or CD has created some pleasantly well-worn grooves in one’s listening state of mind. Such albums for me include Bud Powell’s The Genius Of, John Coltrane’s Complete Village Vanguard Recordings, and Bill Evans’…

January 9, 2008

 

Jazz Around the Internet: A New Site and More

With all the bad news one is accustomed to hearing about the state of jazz these days (as bad as being a Cubs fan, it sometimes seems)–low CD sales, clubs closing, etc.–it’s pretty safe to say that the music’s doing well on the Internet, at least. In the past, I’ve sometimes thought that the jazz […]

January 14, 2008

 

Superman Soars Off: Pete Candoli, 1923-2008

Pete Candoli, a trumpeter whose Superman-caped solos with the Woody Herman orchestra captured the exuberance of the swing era, has passed away at the age of 84.

January 15, 2008

 

From the Archives: Dear Martin (Jazz Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.)

MLKToday would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 79th birthday if he were still alive, and his absence from American public life for the past 40 years remains as one of the great tragedies of our recent history. The official holiday commemorating his birth takes place next Monday, but in remembrance of his actual birthday I wanted to let readers and listeners take note of the 2006 Night Lights program Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16, 2008

 

Pianist Frank Kimbrough On the “Air”

Frank KimbroughPianist Frank Kimbrough, who co-founded the Herbie Nichols Project (he can be heard playing and speaking on the Night Lights program Strange City: the Secret Music of Herbie Nichols) will be on the radio twice in the next week: Thursday, Jan. 17 from 11:20-noon EST on WAMC-Albany (Performance Place With Michael Eck) and next Tuesday…

January 18, 2008

 

Mike Fitzgerald’s Jazz Discography Project

Jazz LPJazz scholar Mike Fitzgerald, co-author of the Gigi Gryce biography Rat Race Blues, has been leading an effort to build a wonderful online jazz discography resource for the past several years. Recently he added 50 more leader discographies to his website, including pages for…

January 19, 2008

 

“Dear Martin” Around the U.S., Bill Evans and the Two Debbys, the Ellington Treasury Series, and More

A number of radio stations around the country have picked up the Night Lights show Dear Martin: Jazz Tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. Station links and air dates follow:KSJD-Cortez, Colorado: Monday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m…

January 29, 2008

 

Woody Herman’s Swingin’ Herd

As the buzz about the Woody Herman big band grew, its leader told Philips producer Jack Tracy, "Don't give this one a number. Just call it 'the Swingin' Herd.'"

January 30, 2008

 

John Handy Talks With Night Lights: Part 1

Handy talks about early encounters with Dexter Gordon and Art Tatum, why he came to favor the alto saxophone, and the legendary young bassist Albert Stinson.

January 31, 2008

 

John Handy Talks With Night Lights: Part 2

Handy discusses a unique aspect of his sound, the night Mingus made a scene listening to him play, and the frustrations he faced recording his first album.

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