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August 26, 2014

 

Cover for Charlie Parker big Band LP

Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands

We think of Charlie Parker as a small-group bebop saxophonist, but he came out of the swing era. What did he sound like in a big-band setting?

December 30, 2013

 

The LP cover for Andrew Hill's Blue Note album BLACK FIRE.

1963: A Man’s Dream, A Nation’s Nightmare

It was a year of raised hopes and devastating tragedy, and the world of jazz continued to reflect both the growing unease and the youthful vitality of the times

May 24, 2013

 

Woody Herman First Herd

Herd Twice: Woody Herman In The 1940s

In the 1940s Woody Herman led three big bands that grew progressively in musicianship and excitement.

October 20, 2011

 

big band small groups

The Big Bands’ Little Bands

The swing era may have been the age of the big bands, but bandleaders often found it worth their while to break small groups out of their larger orchestras.

December 7, 2009

 

Definitive Vince Guaraldi

It’s Jazz, Charlie Brown: The Vince Guaraldi Story

His music is loved by millions of people around the world—forever associated with the TV version of a popular comic strip. Who was the man behind that music?

September 21, 2009

 

Four for Trane

The John Coltrane Songbook

John Coltrane revolutionized the sound of modern jazz and wrote a number of compositions that have become jazz standards.

May 2, 2009

 

I Want To Hold Your Hand

Fab Four Jazz: The Beatles’ Influence On Jazz In The 1960s

The Beatles’ explosive arrival on the American music scene in 1964 shook up the jazz world just as much as it did the rest of America—perhaps even more so.

August 25, 2008

 

Horace Silver

The Horace Silver Songbook

Many of Horace Silver's compositions, such as “Opus de Funk,” “The Preacher,” “Nica’s Dream,” and “Peace” have become jazz standards heard frequently today.

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.

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