Most people outside of the jazz world – and even many people within it – know exactly one song by pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi song. And that song, of course, is “Stairway to Heaven. Just kidding. Guaraldi is the composer of “Charlie Brown Theme,” which truly is a great tune. But [...]Read more >>
The first annual Asian-American Jazz Festival is set to unfold over three days in Los Angeles. Headliners include pianist Hiromi, Filipina singer Charmaine Clamor, Korean jazz quintet Prelude, and the champion of the 2006 London International Vocal Jazz Competition, Filipino Mon David. Those performers will be complemented by an eclectic [...]Read more >>
Rounder Records has announced that it will release jazz chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux’s first DVD, Somethin’ Grand, on November 24. The 142-minute disc will include a full-length concert, five bonus acoustic performances and an hour-long documentary on the singer’s life and career. The concert, filmed earlier this year in a Los [...]Read more >>
Saxophonist Dave Koz was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 22. Barry Manilow and The Pursuit of Happyness author Chris Gardner were guest speakers at the ceremony. The crowd included actor Jason Alexander, Foo Fighters vocalist/guitarist Dave Grohl and Johnny Mathis. Chris Botti, Rick [...]Read more >>
James P. Johnson, the father of stride piano, the composer of “The Charleston” and “The Carolina Shout,” and one of the founders of modern jazz piano, lies in an unmarked grave in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Queens, New York. To remedy that unfortunate situation, the James P. Johnson Foundation [...]Read more >>
On October 6, Prestige Records will release Side Steps, a five-disc boxed set documenting John Coltrane’s work as a Prestige sideman for session leaders Sonny Rollins, Gene Ammons, Red Garland, Tadd Dameron and others. This is the third and final installment in a series of Coltrane boxed sets that Prestige [...]Read more >>
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