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My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, 1937)

“My Funny Valentine” was a show tune written by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz…

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“Watermelon Man” (Herbie Hancock, 1962)

Herbie Hancock’s famous “Watermelon Man” composition made its first appearance on his 1962 debut solo…

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“A Night in Tunisia” (Dizzy Gillespie, 1942)

“A Night in Tunisia” is a quintessential composition by trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Its origins remain…

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Final day of the Panama Jazz Festival

The annual Panama Jazz Festival wrapped up this past weekend with an outdoor concert featuring…

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Panama Fest features local jazz all-stars

The fourth day of the annual Panama Jazz Festival focused on jazz talent cultivated locally…

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Global grooves accent the Panama Jazz Festival

At the midway point, the five day annual Panama Jazz Festival continued its focus on…

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Esperanza Spalding highlights day 2 of Panama Jazz Fest

Day two of the annual Panama Jazz Festival was highlighted by a gala gathering in…

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Annual Panama Jazz Festival opens with focus on youth

The 14th edition of the annual Panama Jazz Festival launched the five day event with…

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“Honeysuckle Rose” (Fats Waller, 1929)

Despite it being one of his best known compositions, Fats Waller was not particularly impressed…

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“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (Cole Porter, 1936)

“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” was written by Cole Porter in 1936 and is…

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10 great jazz records to give as gifts this Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner. Why not give the gift of jazz to a…

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Dec. 8, 1957…”The Sound of Jazz” is broadcast live on TV

The Sound of Jazz was a one-hour program that aired on CBS Sunday, December 8,…

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“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” (Irving Berlin, 1937)

“I cannot remember the worst December / Just watch the icicles form / What do…

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Dec. 1, 1981…Jaco Pastorius records “The Birthday Concert”

Jaco Pastorius is one of the most influential and tragic figures in jazz history. Within…

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“Take the ‘A’ Train” (Billy Strayhorn, 1939)

“Take the ‘A’ Train” is a Billy Strayhorn compositions from 1939. It quickly became a…

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Tommy LiPuma: how a Leon Russell song catalyzed George Benson’s career

Producer Tommy LiPuma wrote this heartfelt letter, in which he remembers the great Leon Russell,…

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Count Basie and His Orchestra – “Blue and Sentimental” (1938)

“Blue and Sentimental” was written by Count Basie, Jerry Livingston and Mack David. It was…

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Nov. 20, 1959…Miles Davis records “Concierto de Aranjuez”

Trumpeter Miles Davis began his collaboration with composer and bandleader Gil Evans in the late…

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Nov. 18, 1963…John Coltrane records “Alabama”

John Coltrane’s Civil Rights elegy “Alabama” first appeared on Live at Birdland (1964), though it was…

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10 great albums for people who want to get into jazz

Saxophonist Wynton Marsalis once said that “when the music stopped being about dancing, people stopped…

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