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Coleman Hawkins in Belgium
Coleman Hawkins was the subject of a beautifully filmed studio session taped in Brussels in 1962. The film was made following Hawk’s appearance at a festival in Dinant, Belgium, the birthplace of...
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Coleman Hawkins in The Hague
Published November 22, 2017 at 11:56 AM EST Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Coleman Hawkins This rare footage of Coleman Hawkins playing “I Wish I Were Twins” was discovered...
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Coleman Hawkins on View in '62
Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins was the subject of a beautifully filmed studio session taped in Brussels in 1962. The film was made following Hawk’s appearance at a festival in Dinant, Belgium,...
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Connee Boswell
Ella Fitzgerald made no secret of her admiration for the Boswell Sisters, and for Connee Boswell in particular. “When I was a girl,” said Ella, “I listened to records by all the singers, white and black,...
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Connie Kay, Drums and Cymbals Master
Connie Kay Lately I’ve grown accustomed to hearing Joe Lovano and other bandleaders introduce drummers as players of “drums and cymbals.” Connie Kay, a cymbals master who was born 90...
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Count Basie on the BBC
My YouTube find of the weekend is this film of the Count Basie Orchestra in London in 1965.  It’s a BBC production, and it’s first rate for audio, video, and the performance itself.  As one wag...
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Count Basie Small Groups
Notwithstanding his bold efforts on behalf of integration and civil rights, Norman Granz’s name was often uttered in derisive tones when I began listening to jazz in the late sixties.  As the man...
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Count Basie: How He Won My Heart
Count Basie’s 108th birthday anniversary is today.  He made his first recordings as a sideman with Walter Page’s Blue Devils in 1929, and his last in 1983, the year before his death at age 79. ...
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Dameronia on NPR
I wrote about the new Tadd Dameron biography here on February 21, his 96th birthday anniversary, and featured his music that night in Jazz a la Mode.  I was impressed by the numbers of listeners...
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Dan Morgenstern and Louis Armstrong
Happy 85th Birthday to the Dean of Jazz Critics Of the many levels of appreciation I have for Dan Morgenstern, first and foremost is the ease with which this man born to a high Viennese cultural background...