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September 6, 2008

 

Gerald Wilson

Last Of The Lions: Gerald Wilson

Two of longtime bandleader Gerald Wilson's finest orchestras--his progressive, modernistic 1940s outfit and his 1960s West Coast band.

August 4, 2008

 

Ellington 1940s

On a Turquoise Cloud: Duke Ellington After the War, 1945-47

Ellington kept his orchestra together in a changing economic landscape, continuing to create memorable music and expanding his compositional horizons.

June 10, 2008

 

Tommy Dorsey: the Postwar Years with Bill Finegan and Sy Oliver

Marc Myers' mention of the late arranger Bill Finegan yesterday reminded me of a show I did about Tommy Dorsey's post-World War II orchestra for The Big Bands.

June 6, 2008

 

Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Mosaic Set, Bud Powell Bio Update

Long yellow road*Mosaic Records will release a three-CD Select set of mid-1970s RCA Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin big-band recordings later this year.Elsewhere around the jazz blogosphere this past week…

June 2, 2008

 

Gil Evans Individualism

Individualism: Gil Evans In The 1960s

Gil Evans: the decade after the masterpieces with Miles Davis.

May 28, 2008

 

Jump for Joy: When Chicago Met the Duke

Duke Ellington's 1941 musical Jump for Joy was a cultural milestone, an assertive, satirical riposte to the servile depictions of African-Americans.

May 24, 2008

 

American Popular Song and World War II: Part 2

We'll hear music from Louis Jordan, Kitty Kallen with Jimmy Dorsey, Sam Donahue's Navy band, and much more.

May 24, 2008

 

American Popular Song and World War II: Part 1

In honor of the holiday weekend, we're posting both parts of last year's "American Popular Song and World War II".

April 12, 2008

 

Update on Nessa Records Reissues, Gillespie Big Band With Monk

NonaahWord is that we’ll probably see the following reissues from Nessa Records in several months: Roscoe Mitchell’s Nonaah (with bonus material), Charles Tyler’s Saga of the Outlaws, and…

February 6, 2008

 

Jump For Joy: Duke Ellington’s Celebratory Musical

The inspiration came from a late-night party, a convergence of Hollywood glamour and early civil-rights activism with one of America's greatest jazz orchestras.

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