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Jazz Musician of the Day: Tomasz Stanko

Jazz Musician of the Day: Tomasz Stanko

All About Jazz is celebrating Tomasz Stanko's birthday today!

Tomasz Stanko was 20 and a graduate of the Cracow Music Academy when he formed his first band, the Jazz Darings, with pianist Adam Makowicz in 1962. Inspired by early Ornette Coleman and the innovations of Coltrane, Miles Davis and George Russell, the group is often cited by music historians as the first European group to play free jazz, but for the trumpeter its importance was eclipsed by the invitation to ...

JazzWeek Radio Chart: July 13, 2020

JazzWeek Radio Chart: July 13, 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 10 1 Larry Willis I Fall in Love Too Easily The Final Session at Rudy Van Gelder's (HighNote) 261 180 +81 7 49 1 3 2 14 2 Dave Stryker with Bob Mintzer and the WDR Big Band ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Morgan

Jazz Musician of the Day: Lee Morgan

All About Jazz is celebrating Lee Morgan's birthday today!

Morgan was a jazz prodigy, joining the Dizzy Gillespie big band at 18, remaining a member for two years. Beginning in 1956, he began recording as a leader, mainly for the Blue Note label, eventually he recorded twenty-five albums for the company. Morgan's principal influence as a player was Clifford Brown, having had direct contact with him before Brown's premature death. He was also a featured sideman on several early Hank ...

José Feliciano in 10 Tracks

José Feliciano in 10 Tracks

About 80% of José Feliciano's music was recorded in Spanish. The 20% that's in English were pop covers that he routinely aced. His version of the Doors' Light My Fire reached No. 3 on Billboard's pop chart in 1968 (the Doors' hit No. 1 in '67) and is arguably on par with the original. And José's version of Stevie Wonder's Golden Lady in 1975 was a dance hit. [Photo above of José Feliciano courtesy of YouTube] It's Friday, so here ...

Kenny Baker: Blowin' Up a Storm

Kenny Baker: Blowin' Up a Storm

Looking up at the sky at night, I've often wondered whether there's another us out there in a parallel universe. You know, like on the Twilight Zone or in science fiction novels. A world where there are people who look and sound like us but have had different outcomes and made different contributions. When it comes to jazz, America's parallel universe is the U.K. When I listen to British jazz artists such as Tubby Hayes, Johnny Birch, Ronnie Scott, Harold ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kendrick Scott

Jazz Musician of the Day: Kendrick Scott

All About Jazz is celebrating Kendrick Scott's birthday today!

Drummer and composer Kendrick Scott kicked off his Blue Note contract four years ago with We Are the Drum. Expertly produced by Derrick Hodge, Scott’s creative confidant and musical brother, and featuring a stunning guest performance by vocalist Lizz Wright, it earned rave reviews and reiterated how Oracle, Scott’s long-running working group, is one of the most thoughtfully powerful jazz bands of its generation. When it came time to follow this ...

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Zawinul

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Zawinul

All About Jazz is celebrating Joe Zawinul's birthday today!

It may be a word overused but there isn't truly a more appropriate way to describe keyboardist/composer Joe Zawinul. Austrian born, Joe Zawinul emigrated to the US in 1959 where he played with Maynard Ferguson and the great Dinah Washington before joining alto saxophonist great Cannonball Adderley in 1961 for nine years. With Adderley, Zawinul wrote several important songs, primarily the slow and funky hit “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" which reached the ...

Bill Evans: Munch Museum, 1966

Bill Evans: Munch Museum, 1966

I'm convinced that if we're going to get through the coronavirus pandemic together, it will be because of Bill Evans. The hope and humanity in his playing instills a sense that one day this will be over and we will resume our lives as they were meant to be lived, enjoying each other up close, food, travel, live performances and all of the things that make life special. Today, a video of Bill Evans performing in Oslo, Norway, at the ...


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