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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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Oscar Peterson – “Cakewalk”

Pianist Oscar Peterson was first discovered by producer Norman Granz in the late 40’s, who…

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Nov. 12, 1925…Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five record their first songs

On November 12, 1925, Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five met up at the Okeh…

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A short history of Leonard Cohen and jazz

In 1979, Leonard Cohen returned to the folk acoustic sounds of his earlier album with…

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That time Dizzy ran for U.S. president

Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie wasn’t only a key innovator of bebop and the jazz idiom at…

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Earl Hines and His Orchestra – Stormy Monday Blues (1942)

“Stormy Monday Blues” was written by Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine and Bob Crowder, and recorded…

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JAZZIZ Exclusive: Anthony Strong live big band tracks

Following his 2015 big band album On a Clear Day, British jazz singer-pianist Anthony Strong…

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The past, present and future of “In Movement”

In the mid-60’s, a young Jack DeJohnette attended a John Coltrane concert at a Chicago…

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Interview with Albare

When it comes to Albare and jazz, the question is “what doesn’t he do?” rather…

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5 landmark Bud Powell recordings from his golden period

Bud Powell is one of the most influential jazz pianists of all time. His harmonic…

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Sept. 26, 1962…”Duke Ellington & John Coltrane” is recorded

Duke Ellington & John Coltrane was recorded on September 26, 1963 and released on February…

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Tommy: The Musical

A Conversation With Tommy LiPuma For renowned producer Tommy LiPuma’s 80th birthday, he was honored…

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Louis Armstrong and the Colored Waif’s Home for Boys

On January 1, 1913, Louis Armstrong attended a New Year’s Eve parade and shot six…

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