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Wayne Shorter: Timeless Sound

Wayne Shorter: Timeless Sound

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Wayne Shorter remains one of America's most fascinating living jazz legends. His sound on the tenor saxophone is muscular, hypnotic and so evocative of the 1960s. His original compositions remain relevant, with their yearning, political undertow and modal scales. So it's puzzling that there are so few YouTube clips of him live in the 1960s leading his own groups and playing his own songs. Part of this is a result of him spending most of his time in the Miles ...

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Joy Marshall in Holland, 1965

Joy Marshall in Holland, 1965

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Earlier this week, I posted on jazz-pop vocalist Joy Marshall, who moved to London in 1962, married, divorced and remained there until her untimely death in 1968. David Chilver in London sent along a link to the following clip of Marshall in the Netherlands in 1965 on Dutch television. First we hear Yesterdays, a solo by Rob Madna on piano backed by the Frans de Kok Orchestra. Then Marshall sings It's All Right With Me. She's backed by the orchestra ...

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The Sad Story of Joy Marshall

The Sad Story of Joy Marshall

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Throughout the 1960s, American singer Joy Marshall was an accomplished jazz-pop vocalist who was and still is virtually unknown in the U.S. Her anonymity here has much to do with her relocating to the London in June 1962, at age 25. Marshall said she never considered herself a jazz singer in interviews, though her pop recordings clearly have a jazz feel. Sort of a combination of Mary Wells and Carmen McRae. Everything she took on cooked. Smitten by the States, ...

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Billy Eckstine's Ballads 1947-1951

Billy Eckstine's Ballads 1947-1951

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In 1947, vocalist Billy Eckstine became a solo performer, much the way Frank Sinatra had in 1942. Signing with MGM, Eckstine played to the young female market that dreamed of love. At first marketed to the Black urban market, Eckstine on MGM crossed over to the pop charts, racking up 18 hits between 1947 and '51. Lanky with movie-star looks and a bass-baritone voice, Eckstine specialized humid, romantic ballads that took Sinatra's sensitive male to a different level. Instead of ...

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What Ever Happened to Hazel Scott?

What Ever Happened to Hazel Scott?

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Hazel Scott was an enormously talented jazz and classical pianist whose popularity soared in the early 1940s. She appeared regularly at New York's Cafe Society in 1941, performed at Carnegie Hall in 1943, went to Hollywood, married Congressman Adam Clayton Powell in 1945 and was the first woman to have her own TV show in 1950. But later that year, she was accused by the House Un-American Activities Committee of being a Communist, which tanked her career. She had a ...

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Video: Bill Evans, Seattle 1978

Video: Bill Evans, Seattle 1978

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

One night in Seattle, pianist Bill Evans had dinner with dancer Bill Evans. The dancer, at the time, was prominent in the Northwest and was making a name for his dance company nationwide. He first danced professionally in 1966 and formed the Bill Evans Solo Dance Repertory in 1970. Four years later he formed the Bill Evans Dance Co. Over the course of his career, he choreographed more than 250 works, a number of which with jazz musicians. Two of ...

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Ella Fitzgerald in Holland, 1974

Ella Fitzgerald in Holland, 1974

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers


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New Video: David Oquendo

New Video: David Oquendo

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Today you're in for a treat. Cuba's filin movement began in the late 1940s and lasted into the 1960s. It was a particular way of singing a ballad so that it sounded extra romantic and passionate, what we'd call crooning. Filin (pronounced FEEL-in) came out of the steamy bolero and canción and the 19th century trova, short for trovadors or troubadours—traveling artists who sang ballads and accompanied themselves on guitar. Today, David Oquendo is one of the finest singers of ...


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