Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City

Jazz Alley in Seattle

Dazzle Restaurant & Lounge in Denver

 

Ronnie Scott's in London

Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco

 

Friday
Jun242011

Full Documentary ~ Art Pepper: Notes From A Jazz Survivor [1982] 

Art Pepper back in the day"Art Pepper was born in Gardena, CA. He began his career in the 1940s, playing with Benny Carter and Stan Kenton (1946-52). By the 1950s Pepper was recognized as one of the leading alto saxophonists in jazz, epitomized by his finishing second only to Charlie Parker as Best Alto Saxophonist in the Down Beat magazine Readers Poll of 1952.

Along with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, and Shelly Manne, and perhaps due more to geography than playing style, Pepper is often associated with the musical movement known as West Coast jazz, as contrasted with the East Coast (or "hot") jazz associated with the likes Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

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Friday
Jun242011

EoJ Exclusive Deal for Miles Davis – Kind of Blue Deluxe 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition!

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Thursday
Jun232011

Conversations with The New Gary Burton Quartet on "Common Ground" (Videos)

In this quickie post, you get to see the members of the new Gary Burton Quartet expound briefly on working with one another and their individual contributions to the new album Common Ground

Vibraphonist Gary Burton talks about what jazz great influenced his style of being a leader. Julian Lage (guitar) shares about how much of a tremendous influence Gary Burton has been on his approach to improvising and about his original intentions for the song Etude. Drummer Antonio Sanchez chats about his two contributions to the album - the title track Common Ground and Did You Get It? And Scott Colley (bass) lets us know how Never The Same Way came together on the first morning of rehearsals.

Enjoy! 

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Wednesday
Jun222011

Music Review ~ Gregory Porter "Water"

This review has been a long time coming. Ian Fong has blessed me by writing an excellent review of Gregory Porter's album Water. After reading it, you should be compelled to check the album out (if you haven't already). Thank you, Ian!

Gregory Porter - WaterGregory Porter, a vocal virtuoso who exhibits promising talent, is often compared to such jazz giants as Nat King Cole. The BBC decribed him as a “talent ready to fill that gap,” whose “voice and musicality [is something to be] reckoned with”.  International exposure to appreciators of jazz and well-respected musicians followed his highly-praised debut album, Water, for which Porter received a 2011 GRAMMY nomination for the “Best Jazz Vocal Album”. 

This album demonstrates Gregory Porter’s exemplary powerhouse voice with the ability to belt it out, yet reveals his impressive understanding and aesthetic control.   Covering a musical gamut from gospel to blues, R&B to bebop to ballads, Water documents a musical timeline for Porter’s influences throughout his life and musical career.

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