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John Coltrane At 90

John Coltrane At 90

There are so many options that it is difficult to know what to bring you today to observe the great saxophonist John Coltrane’s (1926-1967) 90th birthday. Among Coltrane’s hundreds of recordings and videos, no doubt everyone who listens to him has at least one favorite. The Rifftides staff has chosen two. In the spring of 1957 ...

4 Key Ways To Get People To Click On Your YouTube Videos

4 Key Ways To Get People To Click On Your YouTube Videos

The massive saturation present on virtually every music platform means it has become that much more difficult to get your music to stand out from the crowd, and YouTube is no exception. Here we look at some tips that can give you an edge when it comes to attracting fan (or potential fan) attention. Guest Post ...

Doc: Pete Fountain

Doc: Pete Fountain

Most people who grew up in the rock era viewed clarinetist Pete Fountain the same way they did Al Hirt—a bearded New Orleans traditional jazz player who turned up on lots of variety shows in the late 1960s and '70s, and whose pop and honky-tonk albums were marketed largely to older folks with a bland taste ...

Leslie Johnakins: Latin Bari

Leslie Johnakins: Latin Bari

One of the finest big-band baritone saxophonists of the 1940s and '50s was someone you may not be familiar with: Leslie Johnakins. As trumpeter Doc Cheatham said in 1976 in a quote that kicks off the chapter on Johnakins in David Griffiths' book, Hot Jazz: From Harlem to Storyville: “Leslie Johnakins has always been the greatest ...

Maria Crueza: Ballad Feeling

Maria Crueza: Ballad Feeling

One more day of great female singers from Brazil. Since it's Friday, a visit with one of my favorites—Maria Creuza. Here she's singing Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar...   Here's Creuza in 1978 singing Voce Abuso... And so you know why I love Maria Creuza's voice so much, I'm throwing in one of my favorite ...

Roberto Menescal and Wanda Sa

Roberto Menescal and Wanda Sa

It's still hot in New York, though slightly cooler weather is promised for the weekend. In these last days of summer, let's stick with Brazil. How about legendary bossa nova guitarist Roberto Menescal and vocalist Wanda Sa? Here they are performing Roberto's O Barquinho...   Here they are performing Roberto's Telefone...   And here they are ...

Video Clips: Eumir Deodato

Video Clips: Eumir Deodato

Sometime around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, I had a craving for Eumir Deodato, the Brazilian composer-producer and jazz-fusion electric pianist. I have no idea why. Maybe it's the heat or that the light is fading earlier in the day and transitioning to early autumn. Or maybe I just wanted to hear a Fender Rhodes. It happens. ...

Larry Adler's Harmonica

Larry Adler's Harmonica

The late Toots Thielemans was one of the first chromatic harmonica players to play swing and bop on the instrument. And no one could touch Toots or even sound like him. But he wasn't the first harmonica star. That title belong to Larry Adler, who died in 2001. Born in jny: Baltimore, he taught himself to ...


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