Jazz

8:03am

Sat June 14, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Rhythm Runs In The Family: Drummers On Their Dads

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 4:35 am

Percussionist Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E. perform together in Rome in 2013.
Jun Sato WireImage

When you read enough about the early lives of jazz musicians, you begin to spot a trend. A lot of artists caught the music bug from their parents.

With instruments and musicians around the house, it's easy for kids to grow curious about playing. But that's not nearly the whole story. Sometimes parents are the first teachers. Other times, parental guidance doesn't fully kick in until much later.

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6:05pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Jerry Dodgion On Piano Jazz

Jerry Dodgion.
Daniel Sheehan eyeshotjazz.com

Saxophonist Jerry Dodgion has played with just about everyone in the jazz world throughout his long career. In 1955, Dodgion joined Benny Carter in Las Vegas for the opening of the Moulin Rouge, and in the late '50s, he played with both Frank Sinatra and the Red Norvo quintet.

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5:30pm

Fri June 13, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Ethereal Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

Originally published on Sat June 14, 2014 1:59 pm

Jimmy Scott performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2001.
Leon Morris Redferns

Singer Jimmy Scott died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Las Vegas at age 88, according to his booking agent, Jean-Pierre Leduc.

Scott suffered from Kallmann's syndrome, a lifelong affliction that prevented his body from maturing through puberty. The condition slowed his growth, leaving his stature at 4 feet 11 inches until his late 30s. It also affected his vocal cords, giving him a high voice that was often misidentified as a woman's.

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11:47am

Fri June 6, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Amina Figarova On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 12:46 pm

Amina Figarova.
Zak Shelby Szyszko Courtesy of the artist

Amina Figarova grew up in the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan. Her early musical experiences included plenty of American jazz — both of her parents were music fans — but her mother particularly enjoyed the music of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

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11:03pm

Sun June 1, 2014
First Listen

First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:13 pm

Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

When the spirit of Nirvana surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present.

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4:13pm

Fri May 30, 2014
Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

Joe Bushkin On Piano Jazz

Joe Bushkin on stage in 1984.
David Redfern Redferns

Pianist Joe Bushkin got his start in Bunny Berigan's band in 1935 and went on to work with Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman and Bing Crosby.

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8:36pm

Wed May 28, 2014
A Blog Supreme

Take 75: Great Solos In Blue Note Records History

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 3:55 pm

Clifford Brown turned in a number of fine solos playing with bandleader Art Blakey in 1954.
Francis Wolff Courtesy of Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records has been many things over the course of its 75 years: a label responsible for blinding jazz innovations, a home for the titans of hard bop and soul jazz, a place for smart, sly, jazz-inflected pop creations.

One constant running throughout its history is improvisation. Its records have showcased jazz soloing in every possible mood and temperament. Its artists, both the jazz legends and those journeymen who are little regarded today, have helped shape the ever-evolving notion of what a solo is and what it can be.

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5:06pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Blue Note At 75

Cause For Celebration: The Iconic Blue Note Records At 75

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 11:48 pm

Drummer Art Blakey, who recorded for Blue Note from 1954 to 1965, in the studio.
Francis Wolff Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records is the kind of record label that people like to call "storied" — so celebrated and impactful that no one narrative can capture its essence. From swing to bebop and hard bop, through fusion and the avant-garde, Blue Note has been telling the story of jazz in the grooves of its records since 1939 — and for its 75th anniversary, it's releasing remastered vinyl editions of some gems from its catalog. But the real legacy of the label is too big to capture on disc.

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4:31pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Blue Note At 75

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Wayne Shorter Quartet

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:42 am

NPR

During the 1960s, Wayne Shorter came to the fore not just for his talent on saxophone, but also for the compositions he created. Whether with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers or with Miles Davis' quintet, or on his own string of solo albums, Shorter's harmonic conception, sense of space and bending of music-theory rules destined many of his tunes to become jazz standards.

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4:31pm

Wed May 28, 2014
Blue Note At 75

Blue Note At 75, The Concert: Norah Jones

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 8:42 am

Norah Jones performs at Blue Note at 75, The Concert.
NPR

Norah Jones fans likely remember Come Away With Me — the 2002 recording which introduced her smoke-infused twang to the world. That album, like all of hers since, came out on Blue Note Records, merging her voice with those of major jazz artists of yesterday and the present.

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