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August 29, 2008

 

When Sonny Slayed the Dragon

Sonny RollinsJazz critic and radio host Neil Tesser has written an account of Sonny Rollins’ mid-1950s sojourn in Chicago, during which the tenor saxophonist overcame his addiction to heroin and eventually rejoined the jazz scene.

March 30, 2008

 

Another Set of Jazz Icons DVDs On the Way

Jazz Icons WesThe Jazz Icons series has been earning well-deserved raves from jazz fans around the world for its two rounds of live concert releases on DVD, featuring compelling and historical performances from the likes of Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk…you get the picture. (And the sound!) A third wave of titles has been announced–we’ll be seeing the following come September…

January 31, 2008

 

John Handy Talks With Night Lights: Part 2

Handy discusses a unique aspect of his sound, the night Mingus made a scene listening to him play, and the frustrations he faced recording his first album.

October 16, 2007

 

Jazz around the Internet…and George Avakian speaks with Night Lights

Notes and tones from around the web:On the heels of his fantastic Hal McKusick series, Marc Myers follows up with a profile of David Amram

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…

September 17, 2007

 

Tenor Madness: Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane and More

Sonny RollinsIgnore the terrrible headline (boy, that’s dignity for ya, after playing certain parts of your southern anatomy off for the past 60 years): Sonny Rollins is back in trio form tomorrow night at Carnegie Hall. The performance will be coupled on CD with Rollins’ debut at Carnegie 50 years ago for a Voice of America concert. In the meantime, a previously…

September 8, 2007

 

Sonny Rollins Broadcast with Clifford Brown and Max Roach

Sonny Rollins with Clifford Brown and Max RoachIn honor of tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins’ 77th birthday–and his upcoming Carnegie Hall concertSonnyRollins.com is putting up a track every day from a previously unreleased June 1956 performance of the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet, featuring Sonny in the tenor spot…

August 11, 2007

 

Mondo Monk

Thelonious MonkLast week I was working on the Night Lights schedule for the rest of the year and ran into what I thought might be a bit of a snag. Show topics are usually plotted well into the future (right now we have programs slated through the end of February 2008), but I’d realized that a certain sequence was going to bring a lot of Thelonious Monk listeners’ way for several weeks in a row. Well, far worse things could happen, right?…

July 23, 2007

 

Like Sonny: the Story of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane

Sonny RollinsJazz documentarian Bret Primack has made a short film about the musical relationship of tenor saxophone greats Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane that includes interviews with Rollins and Jimmy Heath, as well as footage…

June 25, 2007

 

Sonny Rollins returning to Carnegie to record new CD

RollinsRemember all the hoopla (well-deserved) a couple years back over the 1957 Voice of America concert that featured John Coltrane with Thelonious Monk? It came out on CD via Blue Note (rather quickly, as things go in the oft-difficult world of jazz reissues and estate rights) to much acclaim, and it still…

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