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Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: 1963

Lambert, Hendricks & Bavan: 1963

In 1962, Annie Ross had to take a health break from the wildly successful vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross. In her place, Yolande Bavan (above) was hired. When I interviewed Yolande in 2007 three months after starting this blog, she told me the story of how she came to join the group (you can read ...

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Video: Art Pepper, 1964

Video: Art Pepper, 1964

Right after recording Smack Up in October 1960, Art Pepper took the cash from the session and went to a friend's house to buy two condoms of heroin. What he didn't know when he exited is that the residence was under surveillance and that he was on the detectives' list of regular buyers. Busted, Pepper, a ...

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Video: Bill Evans in Iowa, 1979

Video: Bill Evans in Iowa, 1979

Two months after appearing on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz radio show in November 1978, Bill Evans hit the road. Right after the new year, the pianist was in Iowa with his trio—bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera—at the Maintenance Shop in Ames. During their run, the trio was taped for Public Television. You can ...

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Music Education Monday: Video workshops with Urbie Green & Delfeayo Marsalis

Music Education Monday: Video workshops with Urbie Green & Delfeayo Marsalis

This week for Music Education Monday series, we've got a bone to pick with someone, via video workshops from jazz trombonists Urbie Green and Delfeayo Marsalis. Green, now 88 and retired from music, was known for his technical prowess, both as a soloist and bandleader and as a sideman with the big bands of Woody Herman, ...

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Rare Nick Travis Performance

Rare Nick Travis Performance

Nick Travis (1925-1964) played trumpet in a variety of big bands including those of Woody Herman, Ray McKinley, Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Ina Ray Hutton and Jerry Wald; all of those in the 1940s. The list got longer in the ‘50s, when he worked with Herman again, and with Jerry Gray, Bob Chester, Elliott Lawrence, Jimmy ...

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Blizzard of '78 Playlist

Blizzard of '78 Playlist

With a record-breaking snow storm bearing down on New York, I thought I'd share a story with you—and some music. On the morning of Monday, February 6, 1978, I lived in jny: Boston. I was a junior at Northeastern University, a five-year school that allowed you to spend half the year working at a job related ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Riding the "Night Train" with Jimmy Forrest

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Riding the "Night Train" with Jimmy Forrest

What's the most performed song ever written by a jny: St. Louis jazz musician? While it's probably impossible to ever know with absolute certainty, at first one might guess that it's something from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. After all, it is the best-selling jazz album of all time, and tunes from it such as  “All ...

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Patti Page and Nat Cole

Patti Page and Nat Cole

On October 29, 1958, singer Patti Page hosted Nat King Cole and Gene Krupa as well as Illinois Jacquet, her musical director Rocky Cole and other musicians on ABC's The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show, which featured the swinging Vic Schoen Orchestra. Shows like this take me back to when I was a very little kid, being ...

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StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/spring 2015 jazz preview, part 5

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Winter/spring 2015 jazz preview, part 5

Today, it's the fifth and final part of StLJN's winter/spring 2015 jazz preview, offering a look at the touring bands and musicians who will be be performing here during the first half of the year. (Parts one through four can be found, and here. And speaking of part four, last week in this space we were ...

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'A Gal in Calico': 1946-2011

In December 1946, Warner Bros. released a mess of a film called The Time, the Place and the Girl—a post-war feel-good feature with a dopey storyline on which it hung as many musical numbers as possible. Everything about the film was forgettable—except for A Gal in Calico, a song by Leo Robin and Arthur Schwartz. In ...


 

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