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Mrs. Shelly Manne Turns 100

Mrs. Shelly Manne Turns 100

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Flip Manne, Shelly Manne's wife, was born May 3, 1921 in Vermont, rode horses and took dance lessons from an early age. To celebrate her 100th birthday today, I decided to reprise an interview I did with her in 2015 on her career and her drummer husband's. I've also added followup material that Flip provided several years ago. As background, Flip moved from Vermont to New York in 1939 and eventually took a job dancing at the Roxy Theatre. She ...

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Nir Yaniv’s Voice Remains Eternal!

Nir Yaniv’s Voice Remains Eternal!

Source: Yaniv Tal

Nir Yaniv is the winner of the Sound & Vision award at the LifeArt International Festival 2020 among the competition from across the globe, including the blockbusters with superstars such as Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel, and popular Netflix series such as Emily in Paris and Fauda. However, the work he did on The Voice Remains didn't impress only LifeArt's grand jury. The original music, created by nothing but his God-given voice and a set of drums, won the Best Score ...

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Interview: Lucy Yeghiazaryan

Interview: Lucy Yeghiazaryan

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

I discovered Lucy Yeghiazaryan by accident a month or so ago. I was flying through Facebook before turning in for the night and there she was, singing away. I was most struck by her 1950s phrasing. She clearly had done quite a bit of intensive listening. I also was curious about her Armenian past and how she learned to swing. Before I roll out my interview with Lucy, here are a couple of tracks (scroll down) so you can hear ...

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Joan Mar Sauqué: Album & Interview

Joan Mar Sauqué: Album & Interview

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Let me start off by saying you're about to be turned on to an exceptional trumpet player. If you already know Joan Mar Sauqué, then you know what I'm talking about. If not, you can thank me later, after you say “Oh, wow." A bunch of weeks ago, Joan Mar Sauqué sent along an email with an invitation to check out his latest album, Gone With the Wind (The Changes). The album features Joan on trumpet, Josep Traver on guitar ...

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Interview: Chick Corea on Fusion

Interview: Chick Corea on Fusion

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Back in 2011, I interviewed Chick Corea for JazzWax on the rise of jazz fusion in the late 1960s and the formation of his seminal avant-garde and electric groups. Chick's passing last week was a major loss for jazz and for music. In addition to being a dynamic force in traditional acoustic jazz and in jazz-rock, he was a participant and witness to the shifting music landscape in the late 1960s and early '70s as jazz interpreted rock, FM radio ...

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Interview: Wendell Brunious

Interview: Wendell Brunious

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

If the name Wendell Brunious is not familiar to you, I assure you that the sound of his trumpet will stick with you the moment you hear it. Wendell, 66, has spent much of his life in New Orleans, growing up in a musical family rich in the jny: New Orleans jazz tradition. From 1987 into the 2010s, he led the city's Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and he has been recording since 1977. Wendell is a New Orleans treasure. Last ...

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Marvin Stamm on Bernie Glow

Marvin Stamm on Bernie Glow

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In the recording studios of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, trumpet players had specialties. Like baseball batters and Old West gunslingers, top trumpeters in the horn sections of big bands and pop orchestras became distinguished for a particular style. Each of the four trumpet seats were occupied by players known for acing notes and nuances in arrangements. There were jazz soloists, power players, classical-flavored players, low-note players, note benders and players with a specific accent. And then there was Bernie ...

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Interview: Allegra Levy

Interview: Allegra Levy

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

I came upon Allegra Levy's new album back in July, when Nils Winther at Steeplechase in Denmark alerted me to its August release. As I listened to the album, I flipped. Allegra's voice was wonderfully hip, the song melodies were unknown but sophisticated and savvy, her lyrics were superb and she was joined by three other women. If ever an album dismissed the notion that female jazz artists don't measure up to their male counterparts, this one scatters that myth ...


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