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

 

Monday
Jun272011

Top 50 Jazz Albums for the Week of 27 June 2011

Etta Jones & Houston Person - The Way We WereThis is the weekly US/Canada radio airplay list from JazzWeek.com.

Want to see stats regarding how many radio stations played your favorite album or how much it moved up or down the chart from last week? Click here to find out that information and to buy the albums.

There's a ton of reissues this week. Check them out here. New music on sale Tuesday, June 28th from Ben Williams and Kenny Wheeler.  You can click on the red links to get them on Amazon.

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Monday
Jun272011

"Time Together" ~ New Music and an Interview with Michael Franks

 

Michael FranksEarlier this month, the opportunity presented itself for me to interview iconic vocalist and songwriter Michael Franks

Needless to say, I was a wee bit nervous about the whole thing. Taking into consideration that I was a random blogger that he had never heard of, I decided to keep the interview on the short side. 

My line of inquiry is of a different vibe than most of the interviews I've heard and read so far regarding the new album Time Together.

 I asked Mr. Franks about his initial foray into music, who influenced his worldview - that sort of thing. Why did I take this approach? Well, after really listening to Michael Franks lyrics (disclosure: I was not a Michael Franks fan in the past even though I was aware of his musical legacy), My curiosity was piqued about the man that was behind the music. What made him tick? What path did he take to become the human that he is today?

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Monday
Jun272011

GRAMMY-Nominated Pianist John Beasley To Perform At Jazz Standard July 27th!

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Veteran pianist-composer-arranger John Beasley is set to perform at Jazz Standard on Wednesday, July 27, with sets at 7:30pm and 9:30pm (Purchase tickets by clicking on the show you want to be at). He will be joined on stage by bassist James Genus, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, saxophonist Antonio Hart and trumpeter Rashawn Ross. The appearance will be Beasley's first NYC performance since releasing his Grammy nominated album, Positootly! in 2009.

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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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