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Jazz Musician of the Day: Stephane Grappelli

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stephane Grappelli

All About Jazz is celebrating Stephane Grappelli's birthday today!

Stephane Grappelli (originally surname was spelled with a 'Y') would have earned himself a place in Jazz History books if only for his important role in the Quintette of the Hot Club of France, featuring the dazzling virtuosity of Django Reindhart. Grappelli's violin was the perfect foil to Reindhart's guitar in this piano-less group. Fired by Reindhart's tremendous rhythmic powers, Grappelli's contributions to recordings by the Quintette like Lime House Blues, ...

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Christian Sands & "Remembering Erroll Garner"

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Christian Sands & "Remembering Erroll Garner"

It's been a good winter for St. Louis fans of jazz piano. We've got three top-shelf pianists performing here in as many weeks, starting last night with Matthew Shipp at the 560 Music Center; continuing next week with Aaron Diehl at the same venue; and then Christian Sands, who will be performing a program titled “Remembering Erroll Garner" on Saturday, February 8 at The Sheldon Erroll Garner was a major star in jazz from the 1940s until his death at ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Golson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Benny Golson

All About Jazz is celebrating Benny Golson's birthday today!

Multitalented and internationally famous jazz legend,- a composer, arranger, lyricist, producer- and tenor saxophonist of world note, Benny Golson was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 25, 1929. Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Earl Bostic and Art Blakey. Few jazz musicians can claim to be true innovators and even fewer can boast of a performing ...

The Young Rochefort Girls

The Young Rochefort Girls

One of my favorite movies is The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), written and directed by Jacques Demy with music by Michel Legrand. I love the film more than Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), which also was directed by Demy with music by Legrand. It's overwhelmingly uplifting a with sensational score and explosive color. France in the '60s was magical. The music in Rochefort is more glorious and spectacular that Umbrellas, the modern-dance choreography is marvelous and the pastel colors are ...

Jimmy Heath And Claudio Roditi Are Gone

Jimmy Heath And Claudio Roditi Are Gone

The last thing any of us at Rifftides wants is for our endeavor to become an obituary service. Life goes on, however, as does its opposite. So we continue to note the passing of musicians who have enriched listeners around the world. Recently, we lost American saxophonist, bandleader and composer Jimmy Heath and Brazil’s Claudio Roditi, perhaps the most influential trumpet and flugelhorn soloist to emerge from his country in the second half of the last century. Heath was 93, ...

Bob Freedman: Jazz Themes

Bob Freedman: Jazz Themes

Bob Freedman was a wonderful arranger and ardent JazzWax reader. His finest arrangement was And We Listened for Maynard Ferguson's A Message From Newport (1958). He finest album was the little-known Jazz Themes From Anatomy of a Murder. The album was recorded at Boston's Ace Studios for the Coronet label in 1959—the same year Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder film opened and Duke Ellington's soundtrack recording was released. Bob assembled a top-notch local band for the session: Herb Pomeroy, ...

JazzWeek Radio Chart: January 27, 2020

JazzWeek Radio Chart: January 27, 2020

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 Vincent Herring / Bobby Watson / Gary Bartz Bird at 100 (Smoke Sessions) 290 257 +33 2 54 1 6 2 2 2 Diva Jazz Orchestra Diva + The Boys (MCG Jazz) 258 247 +11 1 ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Duane Eubanks

Jazz Musician of the Day: Duane Eubanks

All About Jazz is celebrating Duane Eubanks' birthday today!

Duane Eubanks simmers. Percolates. The jazz trumpeter/ composer/arranger/producer is a multi-talented force whose fiery blasts and sweet distinctive sound carry his horn into a musical space that defies categorization. There’s a gritty soul and passion that emphatically captures his Philadelphia roots on his most recent pair of albums as a bandleader: “Things of that Particular Nature” (2015- Sunnyside) and “DE3-Live at Maxwell’s” (2016-Sunnyside). “Duane is one of my all-time favorite brass ...


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