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March 21, 2009

 

Nellie Lutcher’s Real Gone Rhythm

Nellie LutcherThis week on Night Lights we pay tribute to the pianist and singer who passed away in 2007 at the age of 94. A product of the thriving mid-20th century Central Avenue Los Angeles scene, in the late 1940s Lutcher scored a series of hits such as “Hurry On Down” and “Fine Brown Frame” that blended jazz, pop, blues and R & B in a way that made her one of the era’s first crossover stars.

October 27, 2008

 

Update on Ahmad Jamal Mosaic Box

Ahmad Jamal's AlhambraA few months ago Mosaic Records confirmed a forthcoming Ahmad Jamal box-set, covering the pianist’s trio recordings from the late 1950s and early 1960s, currently projected for a March or April 2009 release. Some more details have emerged now on the box’s contents (supposedly 9 CDs). It will contain the following Argo and Chess-label albums:

August 3, 2008

 

Dick Twardzik Bio Lives!

Bouncin' With BartokRichard Twardzik, the rather haunted-looking pianist who was a mainstay of the Boston jazz scene in the early 1950s, recorded only once as a leader before dying at the age of 24 during a European tour with Chet Baker. His quirky, fluid style, influenced by Bud Powell and Art Tatum and sprinkled with touches of dissonance and classical music, has led some to compare him to fellow 1950s iconoclasts Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols. Now Bouncin’ With Bartok, a long-awaited study of pianist’s life and recordings written by Jack Chambers…

June 28, 2008

 

Pianist Ronnie Mathews R.I.P.

Jazz pianist Ronnie Mathews has passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

May 22, 2008

 

Billy Taylor and Charles Mingus at Storyville

Billy TaylorPianist Billy Taylor’s website has posted audio of a half-hour set at Boston’s Storyville club in 1951, featuring Charles Mingus on bass and Marquis Foster on drums, with Nat Hentoff doing between-song stage announcements. The sound is crystal-clear by 1951 radio-broadcast standards, with…

May 14, 2008

 

Oscar Peterson Verve Trio Mosaic Set

Oscar PetersonOrganissimo poster Bluerein reports that Mosaic Records will issue an Oscar Peterson Verve trio set later this year. The set will contain Peterson’s trio recordings made between 1951 and 1953 with Barney Kessel on guitar–no word yet on how many CDs it will contain. Other forthcoming sets this year…

February 26, 2008

 

Mosaic To Release Ahmad Jamal Trio Set

Mosaic Records has reportedly long been trying to put together some kind of collection featuring pianist Ahmad Jamal's influential 1950s trio.

January 16, 2008

 

Pianist Frank Kimbrough On the “Air”

Frank KimbroughPianist Frank Kimbrough, who co-founded the Herbie Nichols Project (he can be heard playing and speaking on the Night Lights program Strange City: the Secret Music of Herbie Nichols) will be on the radio twice in the next week: Thursday, Jan. 17 from 11:20-noon EST on WAMC-Albany (Performance Place With Michael Eck) and next Tuesday…

December 27, 2007

 

Oscar Peterson: More Remembrances and Reactions, Plus More News From Mosaic

Oscar PetersonAs expected, many more Oscar Peterson articles and tributes have appeared in the past two days. Here are a few of them:Lots of love and spirited dissension in this Organissimo discussion

December 24, 2007

 

Goodbye, O.P.: Oscar Peterson, 1925-2007

Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson has passed away at the age of 82.

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