Corner Pocket

Tom Reney

notes on jazz and blues


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Rex Stewart, Django, and Louis Armstrong
Rex Stewart was born February 22, 1907, in Philadelphia. As a cornetist, he was a remarkably complete...
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Duke Ellington Welcomes Don Byas and Archie Shepp
Sitting In With Duke in Paris When I visited the University of Massachusetts in 1975 to look into returning...
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Lucky Thompson at the Club St. Germain
I’ve loved Eli “Lucky” Thompson’s mellifluous tenor and soprano saxophone playing...
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Jelly Roll Morton: Winin' Boy Blues
Here’s some of the finest blues singing and piano ever recorded. “Winin’ Boy Blues”...
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Alice Babs: The Rare Delight of You
The voice of Ellington’s Second Sacred Concert As if her singing weren’t enough, could one wish...
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New Orleans Brass
Tradition Is A Temple In New Orleans, brass bands have played a key role in the local music culture...
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Emerson, Ellison, Ellington: Rude American Bridges
Harold Bloom’s Emersonian reading of jazz Harold Bloom; photo by John Abbott My pride in Massachusetts...
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Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass
Hand in Glove Duets How’s this for perfect pitch?  Jim Hall said he tuned his guitar to Ella Fitzgerald’s...
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Hank Crawford
Yesterday was Hank Crawford’s 80th birthday anniversary. The Memphis native came to prominence with Ray...
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