In 1981, Benny Goodman appeared at the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. It was billed as his last performance, but it wasn't. His final concert was held at the State University of New York in Purchase, N.Y. in January 1986. Goodman was joined at the Tivoli by Sven Osmussen, Chaly Antolini, Don Hass, Jimmy Maxwell, Harry Pepe ...Read More
Back in 1982, Sonny Rollins appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival and brought the house down. The quality of Sonny's ideas and blowing here is truly remarkable. And he looked great—dig how his body moves with the ideas coming out of his horn. Jimi Mentis in Athens sent along a link to Sonny's performance. Backing Sonny ...Read More
Today, let's get acquainted with singer Catherine Russell, who will be making her St. Louis debut as a headliner next Saturday, April 19 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Russell is from New York, born in 1956 to Luis Russell, a pianist, composer and longtime bandleader for Louis Armstrong, and Carline Ray, a bassist and vocalist who ...Read More
A new report on the relationship of posting videos on YouTube and album sales claims that posting on YouTube reduces album sales. Taking the Warner Music YouTube blackout period in 2009, researchers apply advanced statistical methods to find causation and then total up losses using a rough back-of-the-envelope calculation." This innovative use of mixed methods leads ...Read More
Exceptional jazz musicians win us over with a warm tone, lyrical lines, a feel for the blues, respect for space, sheer speed or stamina—to name just a handful of winning traits. But not all exceptional jazz musicians work well together and only a bunch of couplings have produced dazzling results. Perfect partnerships that come to mind ...Read More
Today, let's check out some videos of percussionist Poncho Sanchez, who will be bringing his band to St. Louis to perform Wednesday, April 16 through Saturday, April 19 at Jazz at the Bistro. Last seen here in 2012 at the Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival, Sanchez and his band could be considered the standard-bearers for small-group, ...Read More
Johnny Hodges was an alto saxophonist who joined Duke Ellington in 1928 and developed a sweet, high-vibrato sound popularized in the 1930s by Benny Carter. He also was one of the smoothest swing improvisers on the instrument, praised by reed masters from Benny Goodman to Charlie Parker. Yesterday, I spent a few hours listening to Rabbit," ...Read More
This week, let's spend a little time with pianist Cyrus Chestnut and guitarist Russell Malone, who will be returning to St. Louis to join forces for a series of performances Wednesday, April 2 through Saturday, April 5 at Jazz at the Bistro. Both men are quite familiar to St. Louis audiences, as they first teamed up ...Read More
Today, let's take a video break and travel around the world. Here are four clips of foreign singers who are new to you or, in the case of one, you probably weren't aware she was around before her big mid-'60s hits... Here's France's Jacqueline François in 1969 singing Frank Foster's Shiny Stockings... Here's Britain's Petula ...Read More
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