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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

 

The program for Duke Ellington's musical

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.

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 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.

December 3, 2007

 

Benny Goodman Mosaic Coming Out Late Spring ’08

Scott Wenzel at Mosaic Records says that the long-rumored Benny Goodman Mosaic set will be out in time for Father's Day 2008.

November 12, 2007

 

Willis Conover 1969

Conover’s Coming Over: Willis Conover and Jazz at the VOA

Working for decades as a broadcaster for the Voice of America, Willis Conover was perhaps the most influential and widely-heard jazz DJ of the 20th century.

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