Louis Armstrong. Personality. Race.

Louis Armstrong. Personality. Race. I had a long time admiration for the Jewish People. Especially with their long time of courage, taking so much abuse for so long. I was only seven years old, but I could easily see the ungodly treatment that the White Folks were handing the poor Jewish family whom I worked... Continue Reading →

Michel Petrucciani. Music Style. Career. Personality. 28 Dec 1962- 6 Jan 1999.

Michel Petrucciani. Music Style. Career. Personality . 28 Dec 1962- 6 Jan 1999. When I play, I play with my heart and my head and my spirit. I don't play to people's heads, but to their hearts. The pitfall is that when I make a mistake it sounds absolutely outrageous, really horrible because everything else is so... Continue Reading →

Chet Baker. The Gerry Mulligan Quartet

Chet Baker. The Gerry Mulligan Quartet. Amongst Baker's earliest notable professional gigs were engagements with saxophonist Vido Musso's band, and also with tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, though he earned much more renown in 1952 when he was chosen by Charlie Parker to play with him for a series of West Coast engagements. In 1952, Baker joined the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, which was an instant... Continue Reading →

B.B. King. Toronto. Roy Thomson Hall. 2007

B.B. King. Toronto. Roy Thomson Hall. 2007 King was known for performing tirelessly throughout his musical career, appearing at more than 200 concerts per year on average into his 70s. Following his first Billboard Rhythm and Blues chart number one, “3 O’Clock Blues”, B.B. King became one of the most important names in R&B music... Continue Reading →

Clifford Brown. Influences . Carrer

Clifford Brown. Influences . Carrer Brown was born into a musical family in a progressive East-Side neighborhood of Wilmington, Delaware. His father organized his four youngest sons, including Clifford, into a vocal quartet. Around age ten, Brown started playing trumpet at school after becoming fascinated with the shiny trumpet his father owned. At age thirteen,... Continue Reading →

Scott LaFaro. Life. Carrer. 

Scott LaFaro. Life. Carrer. LaFaro entered college to study music but left during the early weeks of his sophomore year, when he joined Buddy Morrow and his big band. He left that organization in Los Angeles after a cross-country tour and decided to try his luck in the Los Angeles music scene. There, he quickly found work and became known... Continue Reading →

Kenny Wheeler. Artist Biography

Kenny Wheeler. Artist Biography Jazz trumpeter and flügelhornist Kenny Wheeler was one of the most advanced voices on his instrument. Blessed with a full, lovely tone and an astounding range, Wheeler sounded equally at home in fiery free jazz explorations or softer, more lyrical post-bop meditations. Wheeler was born in 1930 in Toronto, Ontario, and began playing trumpet at age... Continue Reading →

Horace Silver. Playing Style.

Horace Silver. Playing Style. Silver’s early recordings displayed a crisp, chipper but slightly wayward style, idiosyncratic enough to take him out of the increasingly stratified realms of bebop. In contrast to the more elaborate bebop piano, he stressed straightforward melodies rather than complex harmonies, and included short riffs and motifs that came and went over... Continue Reading →

Lester Young. Post- War Recording and Carrer

Lester Young. Post- War Recording and Carrer Young’s career after World War II was far more prolific and lucrative than in the pre-war years in terms of recordings made, live performances, and annual income. Young joined Norman Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) troupe in 1946, touring regularly with them over the next 12 years.... Continue Reading →

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