Jazz and Blues

Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Buster Williams

Buster Williams
lushlife.com

Bassist Buster Williams is a living legend of jazz,who has worked with Miles Davis, Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Benny Golson, and Kenny Baron, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Herbie Mann

Herbie Mann 1930-2003
AP file photo

Herbie Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was jazz music's preeminent flautist during the 1960s, an early pioneer of the fusion of jazz and world music.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith 1894-1937
wikipedia

Bessie Smith started out as a street musician in Chattanooga.  She was mentored in traveling shows and vaudeville by Ma Rainey.

By the early 1920s she was one of the most popular Blues singers in vaudeville.

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Jazz Northwest
8:33 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Ballard Jazz Festival featured on Jazz Northwest on 4/14

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and it's being celebrated with three jazz festivals around Seattle this month.  On this week's Jazz Northwest we'll preview The Ballard Jazz Festival with over 60 musicians performing in various locations around Ballard, April 17-20.  Included are The Brotherhood of the Drum, The Guitar Summit, and The Ballard Jazz Walk with a dozen locations featuring many of Seattle's favorite jazz artists.  The Festival concludes with the mainstage event at the Nordic Heritage Museum featuring Gary Bartz with the George Colligan Trio, and the Lew Soloff Quartet.

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Blues Time Machine
12:01 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

'Somebody's got to go' - the path from from blues to rap

Lonnie Johnson, one of the first guitar masters.

The Blues Time Machine

Lonnie Johnson was one of the first American guitar masters, with a style that bridged jazz and blues, as well as country styles. Though often labeled as a “blues” player, he was versatile and accomplished enough to be a guest artist with Louis Armstong’s Hot Five in 1927, and with Duke Ellington in 1928.

Among his many contributions, he is considered the first to play single-string guitar solos and was a major influence on jazz guitar pioneers Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. He recorded “Somebody’s Got To Go” in 1941.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock
jazzuality.com

Pianist, bandleader, composer and producer Herbie Hancock has had a career that's lasted five decades and garnered 14 Grammy® Awards.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Cuban guitar master Manuel Galbán's music lives on

Manuel Galbán 1931-2011
(Credit: Alejandro Perez/HiRes)

Ry Cooder called him a "guitar wizard."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote in 2003:  “Mr. Galbán was one of the wonders of Cuban music in the 1960s.  His playing pulled together two almost contradictory approaches: the floating reverb of surf guitar and the percussive, snapping sound of the tres, the small guitar that’s a fulcrum between rhythm and melody in Cuban son groups.”

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Jazz
3:06 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Creators Of Jazz Appreciation Month Start Celebrating

A group of musicians and major donors pose with Lionel Hampton's vibraphone at the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month launch. From left: Mark Dibner of The Argus Fund, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Fran Morris Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, pianist Randy Weston, Richard Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald foundation and Smithsonian American History Museum Director John Gray.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:42 pm

The 12th official Jazz Appreciation Month began when April did. But today, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which founded the JAM campaign, kick started its own celebration with a series of performances, discussions and ceremonies.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Joey DeFrancesco

Joey DeFrancesco
theamiagency.com

The incredibly talented organist Joey DeFrancesco comes from a musical family, brought up in the rich Philadelphia jazz scene: his grandfather played reeds, his dad Papa John DeFrancesco is a fine jazz organist.  Joey went to jazz clubs with his father and learned the piano and the B-3, and by age 6, he was sitting in on his father's gigs.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Carmen McRae

Carmen McRae
Ron Hudson

Singer, composer, pianist, and actress Carmen McRae was considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century. 

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Jazz Northwest
3:00 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

"Just The Two Of Us" on Jazz Northwest, Sunday, April 7

Stanley Jordan, Kevin Eubanks and Jim Wilke at Kirkland Performance Center

Take two imaginative, virtuoso jazz guitarists, blend and mix well and you have the recipe for this unique concert recorded last month at Kirkland Performance Center. Stanley Jordan is a master touch or tap-technique guitarist who has developed a world-wide enthusiastic following since he debuted on the Blue Note label in 1985.  Kevin Eubanks is most widely known as the guitarist/leader of The Tonight Show Band and Jay Leno's sidekick, but he had extensive experience as a jazz guitarist before, and has resumed his solo career since leaving The Tonight Show.  

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Blues Time Machine
12:01 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

'Back Door Man' - good blues is rarely about behaving yourself

Howlin' Wolf

The Blues Time Machine

Willie Dixon didn’t make his career writing songs about people who behaved themselves, and “Back Door Man” is no exception — it’s about a guy who cheats and then brags about it.

Songs like this were well suited to the larger-than-life Howlin’ Wolf, who was already a well-established, middle-aged bluesman when he recorded it in 1961.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Stanley Turrentine

Stanley Turrentine
Francis Wolff Mosiac Records

His unmistakable big warm sound was based in the blues, and he polished it on the road as a 17 year-old addition to bluesman Lowell Fulson's band in the early 1950s.  That band also included Ray Charles.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Prolific percussion master Paulinho da Costa

Paulinho da Costa
drummerworld.com

Paulinho da Costa was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, and like many master percussionists, started exploring rhythms at a very early age.

Playing over two hundred percussion instruments, he has participated in thousands of recording sessions, Grammy Award-winning albums, hit songs, movie soundtracks, radio and television commercials.  He's collaborated with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones to Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

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Jazz and Blues
12:00 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Organist Jimmy McGriff

Jimmy McGriff 1936-2008
© Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos

One of the most popular jazz and blues organists, Jimmy McGriff was born in Philadelphia, a city which was known for its many great Hammond B-3 players:   Jimmy Smith, Trudy Pitts and Charles Earland, to name just a few.

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