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Jazz Musician of the Day: Arthur Blythe

Jazz Musician of the Day: Arthur Blythe

All About Jazz is celebrating Arthur Blythe's birthday today!

A singularly distinctive and uniquely distinguishable stylist, Arthur Blythe is considered one of the greatest alto saxophonist's of his generation. Blythe's beautiful, passionate and expressive sound validates his reputation as one of the most significant jazz musicians of our times. Blythe's work is notable for its exploration of harmony, group counterpoint, and unusual instrumentation. These features, coupled with his rapid, wide vibrato, his swinging style, and his interest in the standard ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ahmad Jamal

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ahmad Jamal

All About Jazz is celebrating Ahmad Jamal's birthday today!

In 1951, Mr. Jamal first recorded 'Ahmad's Blues' on Okeh Records. His arrangement of the folk tune 'Billy Boy', and 'Poinciana' (not his original composition), also stem from this period. In 1955, he recorded his first Argo (Chess) Records album that included 'New Rhumba', 'Excerpts From The Blues', 'Medley' (actually 'I Don't Want To Be Kissed'), and 'It Ain't Necessarily So' —all later utilized by Miles Davis and Gil Evans on ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Erik Friedlander

Jazz Musician of the Day: Erik Friedlander

All About Jazz is celebrating Erik Friedlander's birthday today!

Cellist Erik Friedlander is a composer and an improviser, a first-call studio player and a jazzbo. A veteran of NYC's downtown scene, his 12 CDs as a leader recently include, Block Ice & Propane, his solo cello reinterpretation of American roots music; The Broken Arm Trio, a trio tribute to jazz bassist Oscar Pettiford; and Volac, a romantic collection of virtuoso solo cello pieces by John Zorn. Erik has performed on ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Andrew Hill

Jazz Musician of the Day: Andrew Hill

All About Jazz is celebrating Andrew Hill's birthday today!

Over nearly half a century, composer-pianist-ensemble leader Andrew Hill gained international jazz renown for his uniquely original music and recorded ouevre, which is by turns dark, fragile, funny, stark, unforgettably tuneful, percussive, insightful, oblique, transparent and mysterious. With the release of Dusk (Palmetto Records), his first album in ten years, Hill reaches another peak, equaling high points of composition and collaboration he achieved in the 1960s with such innovators as Eric ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gilberto Gil

Jazz Musician of the Day: Gilberto Gil

All About Jazz is celebrating Gilberto Gil's birthday today!

Gilberto Gil carries out a fundamental role in the constant modernization process of Brazilian popular music. Partaking of this scene for 41 years, he has developed one of the most relevant and renown careers as a singer, composer and guitar-player in this field. Gil has had his albums released abroad since 1978, the year of his successful performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, recorded live. Every year he tours ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tierney Sutton

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tierney Sutton

All About Jazz is celebrating Tierney Sutton's birthday today!

8-time Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton has received a “Best Jazz Vocal Album” Grammy nod for every project she has released in the last decade. Known for her impeccable voice and imaginative treatments of The Great American Songbook, Sutton is heralded for her abilities as both a jazz storyteller and her ability to use her voice as an instrument. Her 12 recordings as leader have addressed themes such as materialism (“Desire” ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope

Jazz Musician of the Day: Elmo Hope

All About Jazz is celebrating Elmo Hope's birthday today!

This profile was inspired by an exceptional article here on All About Jazz by Derek Taylor called “St. Elmo’s Fire” where he focuses and expands on Elmo Hope’s music and recordings.St. Elmo Sylvester Hope was born in New York on June 27, 1923, began piano studies by age seven and went on to win prizes for his piano recitals. He was a childhood friend of Bud Powell, and Thelonious Monk and ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Cunliffe

Jazz Musician of the Day: Bill Cunliffe

All About Jazz is celebrating Bill Cunliffe's birthday today!

Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name. Bill currently plays with ...


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