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July 3, 2016

 

Photo of Frank Sinatra late 1940s

Jazz His Way: Frank Sinatra

One of the 20th century's most iconic performers crossed musical paths with artists such as Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, and Ella Fitzgerald.

January 6, 2016

 

A photo of 1940s jazz hipster figure Harry Gibson.

Hipsters, Flipsters, And On-The-Scenesters

Kickin' the gong around with Minnie, McVouty, Freddie, and other assorted jazzniks.

August 27, 2015

 

Arranger Eddie Sauter with Ray McKinley

Jazz a la Sauter: Eddie Sauter

Sauter's innovative and challenging arrangements gave the big-band sound an artistic sophistication that anticipated the rise of the Third Stream.

July 20, 2015

 

The onscreen opening to Duke Ellington's

Swing It Loud: Duke Ellington’s Early Black-Pride Music

Long before the rise of the black-pride movement in the 1960s, Ellington was writing music that celebrated African-American culture, personalities, and history.

June 15, 2015

 

Melba Liston trombone

Proving Herself: Melba Liston, Arranger And First Lady Of Trombone

Liston was a trailblazer for women in 20th century jazz, a master trombonist and arranger who forged partnerships with some of the music's most key figures.

August 26, 2014

 

Cover for Charlie Parker big Band LP

Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?

August 13, 2014

 

Album cover for Duke Pearson's 1968 big-band album

Now Hear This: Duke Pearson’s Big Band

Pearson's ensemble was part of a late-1960s big-band renaissance in New York City.

August 2, 2014

 

Photo of Thad Jones composing

The Thad Jones Songbook

"He writes the unexpected," Mel Lewis once said of his orchestral co-leader Thad Jones.

January 3, 2014

 

An advertisement for one of the From Spirituals To Swing concerts.

The Music That Nobody Knows: The From Spirituals To Swing Concerts

At the end of the 1930s jazz impresario John Hammond organized two concerts that showcased African-American music in a prestigious New York City concert hall.

May 24, 2013

 

Woody Herman First Herd

Herd Twice: Woody Herman In The 1940s

In the 1940s Woody Herman led three big bands that grew progressively in musicianship and excitement.

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