• Jazz at 100 Hour 34: The Birth of the Cool

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    The torrid pace of bebop improvisations reached a point in the late 1940s that prompted a musical reconsideration and Miles Davis was there at the conception. Davis had been with the Charlie Parker Quintet since 1945, when he began to woodshed with composer/arrangers John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan and Gil Evans, all of whom would become […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 33: Proto-Cool – Lennie Tristano and Lee Konitz

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    Pianist Lennie Tristano was a very visible participant in the modern jazz innovations of the mid-1940s through the early 1950s, winning polls and participating in all-star jam sessions. Yet his music was always a little outside the mainstream and was increasingly so as he began to experiment with fully improvised performances by 1947. While his […]

  • New Blues News – 10/11/2017

    New Blues News – 10/11/2017 James Armstrong – Blues Been Good To Me (Catfood): Singer/songwriter/guitarist James Armstrong has been recording for twenty-five years and has truly had to overcome personal health and emotional injuries when he was attacked and cut severely by an intruder. There was, at the time, significant concern about his regaining the […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 10/10/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 10/10/2017 Blue Note All-Stars – Our Point Of View (Blue Note): The Blue Note All-Stars originally got together to celebrate the Blue Note label’s 75th anniversary. The group features Robert Glasper  (keys), Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Lionel Loueke (guitar, vocals), Marcus Strickland  (tenor sax), Derrick Hodge (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums) and […]

  • Lisa Mezzacappa stops by WTJU, Oct 15

    Bassist, composer and UVA graduate Lisa Mezzacappa will stop by WTJU this Sunday morning, October 15, at 11 (edt) to talk about the concert that night with her group avantNOIR.  The band plays Lisa’s original compositions inspired by the detective novels of the 1920’s and 30’s, including Dashiell Hammet’s Maltese Falcon. Their new CD received […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 32: Dixieland Revival – A Sense of History

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    Sidney Bechet In the 1940’s, some twenty-five to thirty years into the history of recorded jazz, the sometimes violent reaction against the bebop revolution caused a hard look into the rear view and the jazz world focused on its own history. Many of the players who led the first jazz revolution were still alive, ready […]

  • New Blues & Soul News – 10/2/2017

    New Blues & Soul News – 10/2/2017 New Blues News: Jimmy Carpenter – Plays The Blues (Vizztone): If you’ve been in Cville or DC for a long time, you would remember saxman, singer Jimmy Carpenter who helped burn up the DC and Cville scenes before heading out to NOLA and elsewhere. Well, just in case […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 10/2/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 10/2/2017 Jeff Bradfield – Birdhoused (Cellar Live): Jeff Bradfield is an accomplished composer and tenor saxophonist who has recorded on numerous recordings, including six as a leader. He wrote five of the nine cuts on this disc and is supported by Marquis Hill (trumpet), Joel Adams (trombone), Nick Mazzarrella (alto sax), […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 31: My Brainwaves in His Head, and His in Mine – Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn

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    Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn Duke Ellington was the well-spring that flowed through many decades of jazz. In 1938, Ellington found his soul-mate in composer/arranger Billy Strayhorn. By the early 1940s, Strayhorn combined with bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist Ben Webster to reinvigorate both Ellington and his band. In the next hour, we will […]