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Jazz Musician of the Day: Dexter Gordon

Jazz Musician of the Day: Dexter Gordon

All About Jazz is celebrating Dexter Gordon's birthday today!

Dexter Gordon is considered to be the first musician to translate the language of Bebop to the tenor saxophone. Dexter Keith Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. His father, Dr. Frank Gordon, was one of the first African American doctors in Los Angeles who arrived in 1918 after graduating from Howard Medical School in Washington, D.C. Among his patients were Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Dexter's ...

Leonid & Friends: Chicago

Leonid & Friends: Chicago

The first time I heard Leonid & Friends, I thought for a second they were syncing to Chicago's recordings from the early 1970s. Turns out Leonid & Friends is a Russian-Ukrainian cover band with impeccable ears and talent. Leonid is Leonid Vorobyev (third from left), a Moscow producer, bassist, transcriber and arranger. In concert, the tentet recreates American hits perfectly, but they're probably best known for their precise Chicago covers. What sets them apart is that they work hard to ...

JazzWeek Radio Chart: March 1, 2021

JazzWeek Radio Chart: March 1, 2021

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 Emmet Cohen Future Stride (Mack Avenue) 307 336 -29 2 51 1 6 2 2 2 Cory Weeds O Sole Mio! (Cellar Music) 276 287 -11 0 48 2 6 3 3 3 Quincy Davis Q Vision ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Trevor Watts

Jazz Musician of the Day: Trevor Watts

All About Jazz is celebrating Trevor Watts' birthday today!

Born in York, England; composer/arranger/alto & sop saxophones/piano/percussion. Trevor Watts' family moved to Halifax in Yorkshire when he was 6 months old, and that is where he was brought up. Trevor is a completely self taught musician, and his early inspirations came from his fathers love of Jazz, and the large collection of 78's that his father brought back after living in Canada and visiting the States on many occasions in ...

Buddy Rich on the Road, 1978

Buddy Rich on the Road, 1978

The Buddy Rich Big Band was the last great swing orchestra. The band toured relentlessly in the late 1960s, '70s and '80s, up until Rich's death in 1987. The band's ballads and barn-burners were compelling. What's more, the band had its own sound and featured sterling arrangements and captivating soloists. Rich's '78 band was particularly exceptional, especially on the road.  Here's the Buddy Rich Big Band in Sweden in '78, with special guest soloists Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis and Harry “Sweets" ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joanna Pascale

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joanna Pascale

All About Jazz is celebrating Joanna Pascale's birthday today!

Since emerging onto Philadelphia's jazz scene, vocalist Joanna Pascale has established herself as a compelling and skilled vocalist. At just 24 years old Joanna already has a working repertoire of over 400 songs. She brings a strong emotional element as well as a solid sense of swing to her uncommonly large catalogue of jazz standards. Joanna has regular gigs as a leader at some of Philadelphia's premiere jazz venues, as well ...

Bill Evans: Live in 1972 and '73

Bill Evans: Live in 1972 and '73

As the early 1970s unfolded, rock became a viable album and entertainment business. National record chains sprang up, rock bands filled arenas and FM radio was ruled by young DJs spinning entire sides of new rock releases. A shadow began to fall over acoustic jazz as producers, promoters, marketers, publicists and others were let go or shifted to the rock and jazz fusion sides of major labels. Pianist Bill Evans, who throughout the 1960s looked like an accountant or advertising ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: David "Fathead" Newman

Jazz Musician of the Day: David "Fathead" Newman

All About Jazz is celebrating David “Fathead" Newman's birthday today!

David “Fathead" Newman was born in Corsicana, Texas on February 24, 1933. His family soon moved to Dallas, where they settled and David stayed through graduating Lincoln High School. After school, David found gigs in local bands. He received a scholarship to Jarvis Christian College where he studied theology and music. After two years of college, David decided to go on the road full time with Buster Smith (Charlie Parker's ...


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