• Jazz at 100 Hour 36: Bebop Pioneers in the 1950s

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    Jazz at Massey Hall Bud Powell-p, Charles Mingus-b, Max Roach-d, Dizzy Gillespie-tp, Charlie Parker-as Bebop had its roots in the big bands of the late 1930s and was nurtured in jam sessions during the war and the musician’s strike of the 1940s. By 1950, the prescient Coleman Hawkins, and the pioneers – Charlie Parker, Dizzy […]

  • New Blues & Gospel News – 10/31/2017

    New Blues & Gospel News – 10/31/2017 New Blues: AJ Crawdaddy –  Slow Cookin’ (Renown): AJ Crawdaddy aka Angelo J. Rossi, former member of Pablo Cruise, smooth California rock band of the 70’s and 80’s has shifted over to his other love – smooth, swinging uptown blues similar to Roomful of Blues in the swing […]

  • New Jazz Adds – 10/30/2017

    New Jazz Adds – 10/30/2017 Jackie Allen – Rose Fingered Dawn: The Songs Of Hans Sturm (Avant Bass): This is vocalist educator Jackie Allen’s twelfth release. All of the songs were composed by her husband, who is also the band’s bassist. Inspiration for the style came from an extended tour of Morocco, where the rhythms […]

  • Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore stop by WTJU, Nov 4

    Grammy winning Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore will stop by WTJU this Saturday afternoon, November 4, around 4 (edt) for a live session ahead of their Prism concert that evening at C’Ville Coffee. Grammy award winning Mollie O’Brien is simply one of the best singers in America today. She can sing all kinds of music […]

  • Jazz at 100 Hour 35: Big Bands of the 1950s

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    Tenorist Paul Gonzalvez electrified the crowd with 27 blues choruses on “Diminuendo in Blue and Crescendo in Blue” with Duke Ellington at Newport 1956. Woody Herman disbanded the Second Herd in 1949 and, while Stan Kenton and Duke Ellington managed to keep a big band on the road through the 1950s, Count Basie disbanded his […]

  • 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 […]