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R.I.P. Roy Hargrove (1969 – 2018)

It’s so very sad to learn that Roy Hargrove is gone. He was a real jazz man, a fantastic improvisor who loved to play it rough and risky. He really gave more than 100%, as he said in this video. … Continue reading

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IT’s LADY DAY’s DAY TODAY: Happy 100th Anniversary Billie Holiday!

On November 27, 1933 Lady was “RIFFIN’ THE SCOTCH” with Benny Goodman & His Orchestra. It’s a bitty ditty novelty song, like so many she did during the 1930’s. Anyway, she dusted them odd songs off with her kind of relaxed phrasing; … Continue reading

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THE DAY BIRD FLEW AWAY: DIZZY GILLESPIE MEETS *THE* ORCHESTRA — WASHINGTON, MARCH 13, 1955

Beside the lengthy “Afro Suite” on side 1, there is this wonderful version of “TIN TIN DEO” on the pictured LP. If Dizzy, or anyone else had known what had happened the night before, in Pannonica de Koenigswarter’s apartment, on March … Continue reading

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HAPPY 85th ANNIVERSARY, MR. CHET BAKER !!!

In Düsseldorf’s commons (Uni Mensa in German), in 1986, Chet arrived one hour delayed. He was announced there with his fine trio, featuring guitarist Philip Catherine and bassist Jean Louis Rassinfosse who played a half-acoustic bass. The George Adams-Don Pullen … Continue reading

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“AT THIS TIME WE WOULD LIKE TO PLAY AN TUNE,” ALAS…

…it is still in the making: DANCE OF THE IMBECILES. Although the title suggests that it has something to do with Bud Powell’s DANCE OF THE INFIDELS (which is an altered blues), it’s only the similarity of words, not of music. … Continue reading

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SYNCHRONICITY

Amazingly, JazzWax blogger Marc Myers and I will both be delivering jazz historic lectures on next Tuesday, April 30. Mr. Myers will read from his book Why Jazz Happened at the State University of New York, and I will talk … Continue reading

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FOR MUSICIANS and MILKMEN ONLY or WHAT DRUGS CAN DO TO YOU

Hear now Bud Freeman’s All Stars (linked to the CD) with Yank Lawson on trumpet, Bill Mustarde was on trombone, Peanuts Hucko had clarinetitis, Buddy Weed hammered the 88’s, Carmen Mastren plucked the guitar and Trigger Alpert did that too, … Continue reading

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