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Leonid & Friends: Chicago

Leonid & Friends: Chicago

The first time I heard Leonid & Friends, I thought for a second they were syncing to Chicago's recordings from the early 1970s. Turns out Leonid & Friends is a Russian-Ukrainian cover band with impeccable ears and talent. Leonid is Leonid Vorobyev (third from left), a Moscow producer, bassist, transcriber and arranger. In concert, the tentet recreates American hits perfectly, but they're probably best known for their precise Chicago covers. What sets them apart is that they work hard to ...

Buddy Rich on the Road, 1978

Buddy Rich on the Road, 1978

The Buddy Rich Big Band was the last great swing orchestra. The band toured relentlessly in the late 1960s, '70s and '80s, up until Rich's death in 1987. The band's ballads and barn-burners were compelling. What's more, the band had its own sound and featured sterling arrangements and captivating soloists. Rich's '78 band was particularly exceptional, especially on the road.  Here's the Buddy Rich Big Band in Sweden in '78, with special guest soloists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Harry “Sweets" ...

Bill Evans: Live in 1972 and '73

Bill Evans: Live in 1972 and '73

As the early 1970s unfolded, rock became a viable album and entertainment business. National record chains sprang up, rock bands filled arenas and FM radio was ruled by young DJs spinning entire sides of new rock releases. A shadow began to fall over acoustic jazz as producers, promoters, marketers, publicists and others were let go or shifted to the rock and jazz fusion sides of major labels. Pianist Bill Evans, who throughout the 1960s looked like an accountant or advertising ...

Emmet Cohen Trio: Webcast Sessions

Emmet Cohen Trio: Webcast Sessions

YouTube algorithms are scary. Based on what you've watched before, these formulas automatically figure out what you should watch next. If you're a frequent YouTube user, you know what I'm talking about—those video clips perched on the right-hand side like a line of cats waiting for their heads to be stroked. A week or two ago, these algorithms lined up videos by Emmet Cohen from his ongoing webcast series called Live From Emmet's Place. As Emmet told me in a ...

Lockjaw and Zoot in France, 1975

Lockjaw and Zoot in France, 1975

Imagine a concert with Dorothy Donegan on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass and Panama Francis on drums. Then add tenor saxophonists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Zoot Sims and trumpeter Harry “Sweets" Edison in the front line. On July 19, 1975, that's exactly what happened at the Nice Jazz Festival, held at Arènes de Cimiez, a Roman amphitheater. Of the three songs taped for French TV, Out of Nowhere is particularly special, with extraordinary solos all around, including a rare muteless ...

Herman Chittison: Pride of Stride

Herman Chittison: Pride of Stride

On Monday, when I posted my 2011 interview with Chick Corea, a comment Chick made echoed. It grabbed me when I originally wrote up the interview 10 years ago, but because I was too busy editing the text and preparing it for posting, I forgot to follow up. It was one of those situations where you make a mental note but later can't remember what you were supposed to recall. The mental flag came after I asked Chick what it ...

Lockjaw Davis Meets the Hammond

Lockjaw Davis Meets the Hammond

Tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis was among the first jazz saxophonists who used an organ combo on tour and when recording. Like many horn players who started out in R&B bands along the Chitlin' Circuit in Black communities throughout the upper Midwest in the early 1950s, Davis realized that the Hammond B-3 organ was a moneymaker. Instead of hiring a costly big band, the organ could simulate the spectrum of reed and bass tones and provide excitement. The instrument not ...

Beautiful Cat: Joan Chamorro

Beautiful Cat: Joan Chamorro

Joan Chamorro is a jazz hero. A brilliant musician who plays bass, saxophones and clarinet, Joan is the founder and director of the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, a youth band in Barcelona, Spain. All you have to do is watch him in action in video clips to see the love he spreads and receives from his ensembles. He proves that for great jazz to flower, you need to encourage kindness and respect as well as hard work and determination. He ...


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