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Last Weeks Jazz – 2/16/15

By Sam Griffith

Some interesting jazz news from the past two weeks. Grammy winners were announced in jazz categories, several musician interviews and a trailer to “The Connection” was on the New York Times page.

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Last Week’s Jazz – 2/2/15

By Sam Griffith

Jazz news is sometimes interesting, and always bizarre. Kenny G might have pushed for the development of the frappuccino. Everything else that happened last week seems to come from Jason Moran or Charles Lloyd.

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Last Week’s Jazz – 1/26/15

By Sam Griffith

Some interesting posts this week in jazz news. Danilo Perez is doing amazing work in his native country of Panama, a summary/review on the death of the Great American Songbook, the Nina Simone biopic premiered and robots are now playing jazz (and not just talking about it!).

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Last Week’s Jazz – 1/5/2015

By Sam Griffith

This post is probably better titled “Last Month’s Jazz”. We have a lot to catch up here at Dizzyland and we’ll probably be spending a few days discussing everything that we’ve missed in the last month. A lot of great stuff here. Jazz musicians getting older, discussions of the year 2014 in jazz, a great Cannonball Adderley video and a heart-warming story about Mike LeDonne.

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Last Weeks Jazz – 12/1/14

By Sam Griffith

‘Tis the season for Jazz books! Several new jazz books were announced or released over the holiday including works on Frank Foster, Gigi Gryce and current jazz stars. Here are some links to interesting jazz items from the past week:

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Last Week’s Jazz – 11/24/14

By Sam Griffith

Here is some interesting things that happened last week. Several (new?) bio-pics, some performances, a delightful Matt Wilson interview.

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Herb Pomeroy – Solo and Analysis

Herb Pomeroy – Now’s The Time

by Carl Schultz

Herb Pomeroy was a Boston based trumpeter that is infrequently discussed in the history of jazz. This is not due to his performance abilities as they have been highly thought of by many musicians, including the great saxophonist Charlie Parker. It was Pomeroy’s abilities as a trumpeter that led Parker to hire him when he was performing in Boston based clubs like Storyville or the Hi-Hat. One such date in 1953 was recorded and released as the BlueNote album, “Charlie Parker Live at Storyville.”

Pomeroy’s solos on this date show a very detailed and thoughtful approach to harmony as well as a way of playing the trumpet that seemed to be in vogue at the time. His playing is frequently in the middle and low registers of the instrument, features a dark yet brassy tone, and a ‘laid-back’ approach in his time-feel. These aspects were not uncommon among trumpeters hired by Parker such as Miles Davis or Chet Baker. Of the material on “Charlie Parker Live at Storyville,” Pomeroy’s solo on the Parker blues, Now’s The Time shows the overall finesse which the former brings to these recordings.

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Jazz Concerts Streaming This Weekend – 10/24/2014

By Sam Griffith

Here is a list of jazz concerts that are streaming for FREE this weekend. Notable performances include the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra playing the Brazilian-inspired music of Duke Ellington and the E.J. Strickland Quartet.  (more…)

Albums from the past 365: Rudy Royston’s 303

by Grant Larson

I have to admit that when I first saw that drummer Rudy Royston was releasing his first album as a leader, I was pretty excited to take a listen. I heard Royston play live for the first time in 2005 at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, CO. At the time, I was a budding musician that had just relocated to Boulder, CO for graduate school at the University of Colorado. Royston left a strong impression on me with his lively, melodic, and tasteful playing. Those qualities certainly are on display in his recently released album 303. (more…)

Jazz Concerts Streaming This Weekend – 10/17/14

By Sam Griffith

Here is your list of jazz concerts that are streaming online for FREE this weekend. Notable performances include: Anat Cohen, the DIVA Big Band, Victor Goines, Ralph Lalama and John Ellis. (Click on the artist to be redirected to the site where the concert will be streamed!) (more…)