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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Smith

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Smith

All About Jazz is celebrating Jimmy Smith's birthday today!

Born James Oscar Smith in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA. Smith was influenced by both gospel and blues. He first achieved prominence in the 1950s where his recordings became popular on jukeboxes before there were commonly used terms to describe his unique musical flavor. In the sixties and seventies he helped create the jazz style known as \'funk\' or \'soul jazz\'... Read more.

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

Jazz Musician of the Day: Matthew Shipp

All About Jazz is celebrating Matthew Shipp's birthday today!

Matthew Shipp was born December 7, 1960 in Wilmington, Delaware. He started piano at 5 years old with the regular piano lessons most kids have experienced. He fell in love with jazz at 12 years old. After moving to New York in 1984 he quickly became one of the leading lights in the New York jazz scene. He was a sideman in the David S... Read more.

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Videos: Mulligan and Brookmeyer

Videos: Mulligan and Brookmeyer

The original Gerry Mulligan Quartet had its charms. Mulligan on baritone saxophone, Chet Baker on trumpet, Bob Whitlock on bass and Chico Hamilton on drums had a breezy, contrapuntal sound laced with innocence and coy harmony. But the meatier group with a swing passing gear was Mulligan's quartet with Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Bill Crow on bass and Dave Bailey on drums—and his sextet with John Eardley or Don Ferrara on trumpet and Zoot Sims on tenor saxophone added. ...

JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 9, 2019

JazzWeek Radio Chart: December 9, 2019

All About Jazz publishes the weekly JazzWeek radio chart. Discover new releases, track chart movement, and learn what is being played on jazz radio stations around the United States. Enjoy!

TW LW 2W Artist TW LW Move Add Rpts Peak Wks 1 1 1 Poncho Sanchez Trane's Delight (Concord Picante) 304 303 +1 1 48 1 12 2 3 2 Nicholas Payton Relaxin' With Nick (Smoke Sessions) 287 256 +31 3 54 2 5 3 2 3 Diva Jazz Orchestra ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Brubeck

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dave Brubeck

All About Jazz is celebrating Dave Brubeck's birthday today!

Brubeck\'s mother studied piano in England and intended to become a concert pianist; at home she taught piano for extra money. Brubeck was not particularly interested in learning by any particular method, but preferred to create his own melodies, and therefore avoided learning to read sheet music. In college Brubeck was nearly expelled when one of his professors discovered that he could not read sheet music... Read more.

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Artie Shaw: Love of My Life

Artie Shaw: Love of My Life

Artie Shaw's first feature-length film was Second Chorus, in 1940. By then, the 30-year-old clarinetist was earning up to $60,000 a week ($1.1 million in today's dollars), becoming the best-paid and most celebrated music star of the swing era. That same year, he recorded his massive hit Frenesi with a pickup orchestra, married actress Lana Turner and appeared on the radio regularly behind George Burns and Gracie Allen (they each made $5,000 a week). Shaw formed a new band in ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Pieranunzi

Jazz Musician of the Day: Enrico Pieranunzi

All About Jazz is celebrating Enrico Pieranunzi's birthday today!

Born in Rome in 1949, Enrico Pieranunzi has long been one of the best-known and appreciated personalities on the European jazz scene. Pianist, composer, arranger, he has recorded more than seventy CDs under his own name, ranging from solo piano to trio, and from duet to quintet. He has played in concert and in the studio with Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Marc Johnson, Joey Baron, Paul Motian, Chris Potter and Charlie ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jim Hall

All About Jazz is celebrating Jim Hall's birthday today!

Jim Hall, born in Buffalo, and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Music, moved to Los Angeles where he began to attract national, and then international, attention in the late 1950s. By 1960 Jim had arrived in New York to work with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others. His live and recorded collaborations with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond, and Ron Carter, are legendary... Read more.

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