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May 28, 2011


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Music For The Memorial Day Weekend: Glenn Miller At War And More

Programs for the holiday of personal and public remembrance.

November 23, 2010


Mary Lou

A Brief History of Mary Lou Williams

Williams' career ranged from swing and bebop to expatriate and sacred jazz, a stint as a jazz educator, and a 1977 encounter with avant-garde icon Cecil Taylor.

May 22, 2010


Artie Shaw Complete Thesaurus

Shaw Sounds Final: Artie Shaw, 1949-54

From 1949 to 1954 Artie Shaw made a number of recordings that form one of the most dynamic chapters of his career--and the concluding one as well.

August 3, 2009


Thornhill & Orch

Claude Thornhill: The Godfather Of Cool

The music and story of a bandleader from Terre Haute, Indiana who helped shape the sound of modern jazz.

May 30, 2009


Benny's Bop

Benny Goodman’s Interlude In Bop

In the late 1940s the "King of Swing" briefly embraced the new sounds of bebop.

April 1, 2009



Jump For Joy! Ellington Big Band Mosaic Still In The Works

A friend writes to pass along the good news: Mosaic Records is still planning on doing a 1930s Duke Ellington Columbia big-band set.

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…

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