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September 1, 2010

 

Charlie Parker

Bird Lives! The Charlie Parker Memorial Concert Songbook

Charlie Parker was only 34 when he died in 1955, but he'd already changed the sound of jazz forever. Fans and fellow musicians were determined to celebrate him.

August 6, 2010

 

Abbey Lincoln 1992

Pull Your Coat, August 6: Abbey Lincoln, Nat Cole, & Jackie McLean

An 80th-birthday tribute to singer Abbey Lincoln, a Jackie McLean documentary, a newly-discovered Nat King Cole concert, and more.

June 21, 2010

 

Very Best of Prestige

The Prestige Records Story

A special online fund-drive show featuring classic sides from the Prestige label. You can enjoy some great jazz and help us make our goal at the same time!

October 5, 2009

 

Zorn Lulu

John Zorn: Hardboiled Bop

Saxophonist John Zorn is a modern avant-garde icon, but in the late 1980s he recorded several tributes to heroes of the 1950s and 60s hardbop era.

June 3, 2008

 

NEA Announces 2009 Jazz Masters

Jimmy CobbThe National Endowment for the Arts has announced its 2009 Jazz Masters awards, with notable worthies that include Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, and Toots Thielemans. According to the NEA’s…

January 7, 2008

 

Lee Konitz Very Cool

Lee Konitz: the Verve Years

Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz is a longtime master of melodic improvisation who's played a part in some of jazz's most momentous acts.

October 30, 2007

 

Jazz Quotes: Lee Konitz

Lee KonitzThat’s my way of preparation–to not be prepared. And that takes a lot of preparation!–alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, from the new book Lee Konitz: Conversations on the Improviser’s Art. You can read an online excerpt here.

October 9, 2007

 

Jack Wilson RIP, Sonny Rollins at Carnegie reviewed, a Hal McKusick interview, and new jazz books

Jack Wilson Easterly WindsWord has come via Mosaic Records that pianist Jack Wilson has passed away. Wilson’s best-known albums were two 1960s Blue Note dates, Easterly Winds (featuring the hardbop dynamic duo of Jackie McLean and Lee Morgan and Something Personal. He’s also present and accounted for on several…

July 2, 2007

 

Lennie Tristano Quintet 1964 on film

TristanoIn lieu of the proverbial time machine that could take us back to 52nd Street circa 1950, or the Plugged Nickel circa 1968, there’s always YouTube. Recently videos of the Lennie Tristano Quintet performing Subconscious-Lee, 317 E. 32nd St., and Background Music at New York City’s Half Note club in 1964 have been posted. This was–if I’m not mistaken–one of the last times that alto saxophonist Lee Konitz performed with Tristano, and tenor great Warne Marsh was there as well.

December 16, 2006

 

Artie Shaw Playing

More With Four: Jazz And String Quartets

What happens when a jazz artist meets a string quartet?

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