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Videos: Frank Sinatra, 1943

Videos: Frank Sinatra, 1943

On September 3, 1942, Frank Sinatra left the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra after nearly three years as its star vocalist. On his own as a solo act, Sinatra signed with Columbia. The problem was, however, that the American Federation of Musicians' ban was still on, forcing Sinatra to record a cappella with backup singers for the label. ...

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The Legacy of Sam Cooke

The Legacy of Sam Cooke

Earlier this week, I wrote an essay for The Wall Street Journal (go here) on the life and legacy of Sam Cooke 50 years after his shooting death in jny: Los Angeles on December 11, 1964. Though remembered mostly for his hits, Cooke has been largely forgotten for many of his other accomplishments. In a nutshell... ...

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Videos: Bud Powell in Europe

Videos: Bud Powell in Europe

Yesterday it poured in New York with a whipping wind, turning the city into the inside of a car wash. As always, I spent the day indoors writing (except for my daily pre-dawn, 1-mile swim). For some reason the weather made me want to listen to The Complete Bud Powell on Verve. No other jazz pianist ...

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STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six from Roy Hargrove

Today, let's get re-acquainted with the music of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who's coming to St. Louis to perform with his quintet starting Wednesday, December 17 through Saturday, December 20 at Jazz at the Bistro. It's been 15 years since Hargrove, who's now 45, last headlined a St. Louis gig at the old, pre-Jazz St. Louis iteration ...

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Corky Hale in Hollywood

If you're in Los Angeles tomorrow evening (Wednesday), you're in luck. Corky Hale will be playing piano at the Catalina Jazz Club at 6725 Sunset Blvd. She'll be accompanying singer Eloise Laws, sister of flutist Hubert Laws. Corky is best known as one of the most recorded jazz and pop harpists in Hollywood, starting in the 1950s. ...

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Between Jazz and Rock 'N' Roll

In the beginning, there was Fats Waller, whose successful stride piano and whimsical vocals set the tone for regional blues bands. By the mid-1940s following the first recording ban by the American Federation of Musicians, Decca had cornered the market for boogie-woogie revival artists like Lionel Hampton and Louis Jordan. In the late 1940s, the music ...

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STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: A Roscoe Mitchell Sampler

When multi-instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell performs with keyboardist Craig Taborn next Friday, December 5 at The Stage at KDHX, the concert sponsored by New Music Circle will be his first St. Louis appearance since the 1990s. After first gaining wide attention in the 1960s as a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and ...

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Suddenly, It's the Hi-Lo's

As far as jazz-pop male vocal groups of the 1950s go, I always favored the Four Freshmen. Albums by the Hi-Lo's, their chief rivals, seemed a bit flat. Song choices on the Hi-Lo's early Columbia albums were often corny and stiffly arranged instrumentally by Frank Comstock, while vocal arrangements for the Four Freshmen's Capitol dates, many ...


 

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