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John Koenig on Art Pepper

John Koenig on Art Pepper

Last week, I caught up with John Koenig, son of Lester Koenig, who founded Contemporary Records in Los Angeles in 1951. Lester and Contemporary were instrumental in preserving some of the finest music recorded on the West Coast in the 1950s and beyond. John is a cellist, attorney and Grammy-nominated producer. When I spoke with John, we talked about Art Pepper. John mentioned he had written an essay for Art Pepper's Live at Fat Tuesday's, an album featuring Pepper at ...

Gary Burton on Larry Bunker

Gary Burton on Larry Bunker

As one of Hollywood's most in-demand percussionists, Larry Bunker recorded hundreds of jazz and soundtrack albums. But always as a sideman. Remarkably, Bunker recorded just one album as a leader: Larry Bunker Quartette: Live at Shelly's Manne-Hole, in December 1963. Recorded first and then picked up by the Vault label in Los Angeles in 1965, the album featured Gary Burton (vib), Mike Wofford (p), Bob West (b) and Larry Bunker (d). The sound of these four musicians playing together is ...

Interview: Stephanie Nakasian

Interview: Stephanie Nakasian

I came upon Stephanie Nakasian in 2009, shortly after the released of Stephanie Nakasian: Lullaby in Rhythm, A Tribute to June Christy (V.S.O.P.). Few singers were paying much attention to Christy then, and Stephanie did a wonderful job. While she didn't try to channel Christy, she did have a fine sense of Christy's dry exuberance and hip phrasing. Stephanie's rendition of Interlude still knocks me out. If you're in New York on June 5, Stephanie will be appearing at Birdland ...

Anthony Weller + Herb Pomeroy

Anthony Weller + Herb Pomeroy

Boston trumpeter and educator Herb Pomeroy was known largely for his big band work as a leader and sideman. But in the early 2000s, Pomeroy led a gorgeous, romantic working trio consisting of Pomeroy on trumpet, Anthony Weller on guitar and David Landoni on bass. The group recorded three albums—two live and one in the studio. Live At Cafe Beaujolais in Gloucester, Mass., was their first in 1999, followed by Aluminum Baby recorded in Boston in 2003 and then Live ...

Interview: Chuck Israels

Interview: Chuck Israels

Bassist Chuck Israels is probably best known for his work in the Bill Evans Trio between 1961 and 1966—a golden, delicate period for Evans. But Chuck also played with Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton, Hampton, Hawes, Dave Pike, Gerry Mulligan and many other jazz greats. Chuck also has had a vast playing and recording career as a leader of his own groups. On March 6, Chuck will be in New York for a rare performance at Dizzy's Coca-Cola (go ...

Jane Hall: Song in My Heart

Jane Hall: Song in My Heart

Jane Hall's first and only album, With a Song in My Heart, was released in 2017. The album was recorded in the 1980s as a gift to her husband, the great jazz guitarist Jim Hall. I first heard about the recording a couple of weeks ago, when Devra Hall Levy, Jim and Jane's daughter, told me about it. It's gorgeous—with Jane's breathy, child-like Blossom Dearie phrasing and Ed Bickert's sublime framing and chord voicings. The album is wonderful on several ...

Interview: Miles Davis, 1984

Interview: Miles Davis, 1984

While Miles Davis was on tour in Baltimore in 1984, he agreed to appear on a daytime cable talk show called Cityline. For whatever reason, the hosts didn't bother to do a stitch of research and admitted as much to Davis. One of the hosts even asks Davis if he played with Charlie Parker. Astonished by the dopey questions, Davis eventually lets them have it. The interview is so bad, you see Davis start to feel sorry for them and ...

Industry Giant Brian Eno Talks Music, Global Politics

Industry Giant Brian Eno Talks Music, Global Politics

Few creative forces in the music industry are held in as high esteem as Brian Eno, noted for not only his musical contributions but also his work as a producer, writer, and thinker in the music business. Here he sat down to discuss his innovative musical work, as well as his involvement in global political affairs.  Guest post by award winning music industry journalist Larry LeBlanc from Celebrity Access This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Brian Eno, musician, artist, producer, thinker. It ...

6 Major Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Fast Company Profile

6 Major Takeaways From Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's Fast Company Profile

Fast Company has published the first in depth interview with Daniel Ek in three years and the first behind the scenes look at the world's biggest streaming service since it went public. While there are no big reveals, it offers a well sourced portrait of a company deeply committed to and quite capable of truly transforming the music business. 6 major takeaways from the Fast Company Spotify profile: Sweden is the key to Spotify's success and its corporate ethos. Asked ...

Interview: Chubby Jackson

Interview: Chubby Jackson

Bassist Chubby Jackson is largely forgotten now, but in his prime he was one of the most dynamic band leaders in the late 1940s and '50s. For example, in 1949, his band featured Norman Faye, Al Porcino and Charlie Walp (tp); Mario Daone and Rob Swope (tb); Frank Socolow (as); Ray Turner and Al Epstein (ts); Marty Flax (bar); Teddy Charles (vib); Gene Di Novi (p); Red Kelly (b); Tiny Kahn (d,arr,vcl); Joe Harris (bgo,cga) and Chubby Jackson (cond,vcl). [Photo ...


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