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December 7, 2016

 

Cover of LP documenting Dizzy Gillespie's 1948 Pleyel jazz concert.

Bebop Comes To Europe

Continental bop: in the years following the end of World War II, European jazz lovers embraced the new music coming from America.

November 10, 2016

 

Cover of Glenn Miller Army Air Force set

Glenn Miller Goes To War With The Army Air Force Band

Major Glenn Miller went missing over the English Channel in December 1944. For decades afterwards, much of his wartime orchestra's music went missing as well.

November 8, 2016

 

Cover of saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom's Mighty Lights LP

Jazz Women Of The 1980s

A decade that saw female artists making further inroads into the male-dominated world of jazz.

October 12, 2016

 

Cover of The Jazz Scene LP

Norman Granz’s Jazz Scene

An anthology that helped to elevate the artistic stature of jazz.

September 19, 2016

 

Front of John Coltrane's eponymous 1962 Impulse LP

Trane ’62: The Classic Coltrane Quartet Begins

In 1962 John Coltrane collaborated with Duke Ellington, recorded an all-ballads LP, and established the group now known as the Classic Quartet.

August 22, 2016

 

Photo of Lester Young in 1946

Postwar Prez: Lester Young 1945-1950

In 1945 Lester Young emerged at the age of 36 from a traumatic time in the Army to renew his career as one of jazz’s most influential and loved saxophonists.

August 21, 2016

 

Cover of Art Pepper's book Straight Life

Songs Of Themselves: Jazz Autobiographies

At the intersection of performance, narrative, and remembrance: some notable jazz stories told by the musicians themselves.

August 16, 2016

 

Cover for Mal Waldron Memorial album

Soul Eyes: The Early Mal Waldron Songbook

Waldron wrote several hundred pieces of music in the late 1950s and early 60s, recorded by the jazz scene's top musicians.

August 12, 2016

 

Cover of Patty Farmer's book about Playboy and jazz.

Swingers: Hugh Hefner, Playboy Magazine, And Jazz

In 1953 a young entrepreneur and jazz fan started a magazine that helped bring about the sexual revolution in America—and also promoted the music he loved.

July 15, 2016

 

cover of Savoy bebop LP

Mosaic Records Is Releasing A Savoy Bebop Set

Coming soon: a ten-disc set of classic late-1940s bebop.

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Portrait of Benny Goodman, 400 Restaurant, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946

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