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Remember this date - 66 years ago in jazz history

Remember this date - 66 years ago in jazz history

Yes, it has been 66 years. On July 17, 1954, something happened in Newport, Rhode Island that made an indelible mark on jazz history- and in the scope of popular music presentation as we know it today. Before Woodstock, before Coachella, before Monterey, there was Newport. The first Newport Jazz Festival, actually dubbed the American Jazz Festival that inaugural year, was held July 17 and 18, 1954 at historic Newport Casino, a stately tennis venue now known as the International ...

Eddie Gale, San Jose’s Ambassador Of Jazz And A Noted Jazz Educator, Succumbs To Cancer At Age 78

Eddie Gale, San Jose’s Ambassador Of Jazz And A Noted Jazz Educator, Succumbs To Cancer At Age 78

Eddie Gale, the pioneering Brooklyn-born jazz trumpeter who began his career as a sideman with legendary jazz artists such as Sun Ra, Larry Young, and Cecil Taylor before forging his path as a band leader on Blue Note Records and a performer and music educator on the East and West Coasts, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020. Gale was 78. He’d resided in San Jose since 1972. In 1974, San Jose Mayor Norman Y. Mineta named him “San Jose’s Ambassador ...

Ralph Hepola Makes A Strong Case For The Tuba As A Lead Instrument In Jazz

Ralph Hepola Makes A Strong Case For The Tuba As A Lead Instrument In Jazz

The tuba, like the banjo and the accordion, has sometimes had an image problem during the past century. While it has had an important role in classical music and early jny: New Orleans jazz, the tuba has often been associated with Dixieland, amateur bands, and comedy. There have been exceptions such as its use in the Miles Davis Birth of the Cool nonet, Gil Evans’ groups, and Howard Johnson’s tuba ensemble Gravity. There have also been around a dozen impressive ...

Still singing the pandemic blues? Aren't we all?

Still singing the pandemic blues? Aren't we all?

Three months into the pandemic quarantines caused by COVID-19, we have seen our lives changed in so many ways, at least temporarily. And none of us know with any certainty what the “new normal" will be. What's the future for the intimacy of jazz clubs, or large-scale concerts in performance halls, or outdoor jazz festivals that draw thousands of warm bodies soaking up the sun, the vibes, the music? Even event planners and producers lack answers or a quick fix, ...

Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko Took Part In A Global Musical Mission With Simon Phillips, Stu Hamm, Charlie Bisharat And Others.

Guitar Virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko Took Part In A Global Musical Mission With Simon Phillips, Stu Hamm, Charlie Bisharat And Others.

Working alongside renown Pakistani producer Kashan Admani, multi Award-winning guitar virtuoso Roman Miroshnichenko recorded the main acoustic guitar parts for the single ‘We Are One’ featuring famous musicians from all over the world. Top musical talent collaborated on a project with the message of hope and positivity in these testing times: Grammy Award winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, Grammy nominee and legendary drummer Simon Phillips, Indian act Euphoria’s front-man, Dr. Palash Sen, Brazilian singer-songwriter, actress and dancer Luiza Prochet, bassist Stu ...

Axon Radio Recruits Oz Noy For Stocking Shelves

Axon Radio Recruits Oz Noy For Stocking Shelves

Axon Radio’s newest single ‘Stocking Shelves (featuring Oz Noy)’ is available today for download and streaming. This highly anticipated release is the fourth single from Axon Radio’s upcoming album Shadow Logic. “The energy around this music is super exciting," says Cory Carleton (bassist for Axon Radio). “We have a lot of great players and we’ve been flooded with emails and comments on social media. Everyone wants to know when the Oz Noy song is coming out!” Like many Axon Radio ...

Byrd, Ellis and Kessel: 1982

Byrd, Ellis and Kessel: 1982

On July 17, 1982, three virtuoso jazz guitarists performed together on stage at the Congresgebouw in the Hague, the Netherlands, during the North Sea Jazz Festival. Known then as the Great Guitars, the pickers were Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis and Barney Kessel. They were backed by bassist Joe Byrd, Charlie’s brother, and drummer Chuch Redd. The songs they sailed into the audience were It's the Talk of the Town, Undecided, A Felicidade, Manha de Carnival, Nuages, Goin' Out of My ...

Drummer Bob Holz To Release New Album Featuring Rolling Stones Bassist Darryl Jones And Trumpet Legend Randy Brecker

Drummer Bob Holz To Release New Album Featuring Rolling Stones Bassist Darryl Jones And  Trumpet Legend Randy Brecker

Jazz Fusion legend Bob Holz will release his fifth album for MVD Audio in late 2020. The record is titled Holz-Stathis Collaborative. Joining Bob Holz is Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones. Both Bob Holz and Darryl Jones have played with the late jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. Bob Holz wrapped up a busy 2019 which included featured concerts at The Whiskey A Go Go and Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, CA. Bassist Darryl Jones joined Bob Holz in the recording ...


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