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Beverly Kenney: Vocalist in Distress

Beverly Kenney: Vocalist in Distress

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Beverly Kenney recorded seven albums between 1955 to 1959. She had a singing voice that was a cross between Blossom Dearie and Marilyn Monroe, but her approach on songs was courageous, taking risks on melodies that made her interesting to hear. What wasn't evident from her publicity photos—showing a poised, attractive and seemingly upbeat woman—was her depression. Kenney suffered terribly at a time when medications for mental illness were barely effective or were powerfully strong. Those who suffered often were ...

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Documentary: Don Byas Returns

Documentary: Don Byas Returns

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers


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Short Documentary, 'In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,' Becomes A Three-Time Hollywood Winner

Short Documentary, 'In the Zone: Rick Kilburn,' Becomes A Three-Time Hollywood Winner

Source: All About Jazz

The Nanaimo mini-documentary film about jazz bassist/producer/composer Rick Kilburn, In the Zone: Rick Kilburn, has just achieved a third Hollywood award win. Film director and Canadian Polaris Music Prize juror Kerilie McDowall and her crew just won the June 2021 Best Web and New Media award at IndieX Film Fest in Hollywood. Additionally at Hollywood's Indie Short Fest the short just received the June 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Web and New Media and an Honorable Mention Award for ...

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Lee Konitz in Spain, 2018

Lee Konitz in Spain, 2018

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

On March 26-28, 2018, Lee Kontiz was in Almeria, Spain, on a limited 12-day tour of Europe. He was 90 and starting to feel the effects of his age and fatigue. But that didn't stop him. Like all great artists, Lee was determined to power through and create and explore until the very end, leaning into life's winds. In Spain, Lee spent time at the residence of the Valparaíso Foundation in Mojácar. While he was there, Manuel Rubio filmed a ...

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Documentary: Stan Getz

Documentary: Stan Getz

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

In 1993, Jean-Pierre Larcher released his documentary of Stan Getz called People Time. Issued two years after Getz's death, the film was named for the tenor saxophonist's final album, a duet recording with pianist Kenny Barron. Today, the documentary is hard to come by. I found it in parts at the site of the Stan Getz Community. Getz is important because he not only pioneered a distinctly light and fluid sound on the instrument by leveraging Lester Young's approach but ...

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Documentary: Oscar Peterson

Documentary: Oscar Peterson

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers


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Documentary: Art Tatum

Documentary: Art Tatum

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Art Tatum changed pop and rock 'n' roll. As Les Paul tells it, he was originally a pianist with a trio and determined to be exceptional. Until his friend played him a record by Art Tatum. Paul says he stopped playing piano and switched to guitar. Had Paul not heard Tatum and had he gone on to lead a piano trio, we likely wouldn't have had overdubbing, tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording not to mention the solid body ...

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Documentary: Ronnie Scott and His Club

Documentary: Ronnie Scott and His Club

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers



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