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Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

Jazz Musician of the Day: Jimmy Ponder

Source: Michael Ricci

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

An excellent guitarist, and sometimes vocalist, with a soulful sound and the ability to uplift any funky jazz date, Pittsburgh native Jimmy Ponder has appeared on many recordings during his long career, over 80 as a sideman and 15 as a leader. Ponder, a self taught musician, began playing guitar when he was 14 and considers Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell to be his two main early influences and Thornel Schwartz ...

Recording

Oscar Peterson: Girl Talk

Oscar Peterson: Girl Talk

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

As JazzWax readers know, I'm fairly picky about my Oscar Peterson albums. I find the pianist most spectacular when the song choices are spot-on and he's completely in the pocket and swinging. In other words, when I suddenly realize my right foot is tapping. Girl Talk is one of those Peterson albums. The second volume in the German MPS label's “Exclusively for My Friends" compilation series, Girl Talk was recorded between 1965and 1968 and released in '68. The series was ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Anthony Wilson

Jazz Musician of the Day: Anthony Wilson

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Anthony Wilson's birthday today!

Anthony Wilson is a guitarist and composer known for a nuanced body of work that moves fluidly across genres. Wilson has long been curious about blurring borders and finding the place where where style and possibility intersect. Wilson’s first recording— Anthony Wilson (1997) — featured a nine-piece “little big band” and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Large Ensemble Jazz Recording. It was followed by Goat Hill Junket (1998), and Adult ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Keith Jarrett

Jazz Musician of the Day: Keith Jarrett

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Keith Jarrett's birthday today!

Over the past 40 years, Keith Jarrett has come to be recognized as one of the most creative musicians of our times- universally acclaimed as an improviser of unsurpassed genius; a master of jazz piano; a classical keyboardist of great depth; and as a composer who has written hundreds of pieces for his various jazz groups, plus extended works for orchestra, soloist, and chamber ensemble. Born May 8, 1945 in Allentown, ...

Radio

JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 10, 2021

JazzWeek Radio Chart: May 10, 2021

Source: JazzWeek

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 4 1 Greg Abate Magic Dance: The Music of Kenny Barron (Whaling City Sound) 319 272 +47 2 48 1 4 2 2 2 Veronica Swift This Bitter Earth (Mack Avenue) 299 296 +3 0 48 1 10 3 ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Ford

Jazz Musician of the Day: Joe Ford

Source: Michael Ricci

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

One of the most exciting truths in the jazz world is that within every top sideman is a solo artist itching to emerge from the shadows and into the forefront. Longtime McCoy Tyner saxophonist Joe Ford's stunning and diverse Bluemoon debut, Today's Nights, proves that such an evolution is more than worth the years of life and musical experience that go into it. The straight ahead-oriented collection showcases Ford's masterful melodic ...

Video / DVD

Wayne Shorter: Timeless Sound

Wayne Shorter: Timeless Sound

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

Wayne Shorter remains one of America's most fascinating living jazz legends. His sound on the tenor saxophone is muscular, hypnotic and so evocative of the 1960s. His original compositions remain relevant, with their yearning, political undertow and modal scales. So it's puzzling that there are so few YouTube clips of him live in the 1960s leading his own groups and playing his own songs. Part of this is a result of him spending most of his time in the Miles ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Dunmall

Jazz Musician of the Day: Paul Dunmall

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Paul Dunmall's birthday today!

After turning professional at seventeen and touring Europe for one year with progressive rock group Marsupilami he moved to America and lived there for three years playing with many musicians including Alice Coltrane and toured with Johnny Guitar Watson for one year. On his return to the UK he worked with folk musicians Polly Bolton/Kevin Dempsey and groupings worked around the Dando Shaft band. In 1979 he became a founder member ...


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