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June 2017
April 2017 Issue: The Late Great Larry Coryell

Jacqui Naylor

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A short history of … “The ‘In’ Crowd” (Billy Page, 1964)

The cutoff point for jazz standard would appear to be the 1970’s. Very few jazz…

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JAZZIZ Exclusive: BANDA MAGDA – “Tam Tam” video premiere

World-jazz collective Banda Magda will release their third album, Tigre, on September 15 on Verve…

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Ottawa Jazz Festival: Weather challenges outside, jazz blooms inside

James Hale wraps up his report on the 2017 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival. For its…

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Ottawa Jazz Festival report: Improvising masters, four decades on

James Hale reviews BassDrumBone’s performance at the 2017 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June 29, 2017). Bassist…

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Ottawa Jazz Festival report: At the Ottawa Jazz Festival, Popular Trio Takes One Final Bow

James Hale reviews The Bad Plus’ performance from the 2017 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival (June…

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Ottawa Jazz Festival report: Rocking on the Hudson River

James Hale’s report on day 3 of the 37th TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, featuring Hudson: Jack…

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A short history of … “Misty” (Erroll Garner, 1954)

“Misty” was composed by pianist Erroll Garner in 1954. Garner originally wrote the song as…

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A short history of … “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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A short history of … “Good Morning Heartache” (I. Higgenbotham, D. Fisher, E. Drake, 1946)

“Good Morning Heartache” was written by Irene Higgenbotham, Dan Fisher, and Ervin Drake for vocalist…

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A short history of … “One O’Clock Jump” (Count Basie, 1937)

“One O’Clock Jump” was composed by Count Basie in 1937, in collaboration with saxophonist Buster…

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A short history of … “Ornithology” (Charlie Parker and Benny Harris, 1946)

“Ornithology” was composed by saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Benny Harris. It was first recorded…

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A short history of … “Memories of You” (Eubie Blake and Andy Razaf, 1930)

“Memories of You” was composed by pianist Eubie Blake and lyricist Andy Razaf in 1930 for…

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A short history of … “Muskrat Ramble” (Kid Ory, 1926)

“Muskrat Ramble” was written by trombonist Kid Ory in 1926 and first recorded that same…

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A short history of … “Satin Doll” (Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, 1953)

“Satin Doll” is a jazz standard written in 1953 by bandleader and composer Duke Ellington…

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Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington: the story of a friendship

In 1956, producer Norman Granz inaugurated vocalist Ella Fitzgerald’s Song Book series with the album…

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A short history of … “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (Ella Fitzgerald and Van Alexander, 1938)

“A-Tisket, A-Tasket” was the breakthrough hit of vocalist Ella Fitzgerald with the Chick Webb Orchestra….

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A short history of … “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (Fats Waller, Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf, 1929)

“Ain’t Misbehavin’” was composed in 1929 by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks, with lyrics by…

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Top 10 Herbie Hancock albums

Pianist, keyboardist, and composer Herbie Hancock is one of the all-time jazz greats. Born in…

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Record Store Day: Our pick of 10 of the best jazz releases

Record Store Day, the internationally celebrated day of vinyl records dedicated to supporting local independent…

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JAZZIZ Exclusive: Listen to two tracks from Michael Wolff’s upcoming album “Zenith”

JAZZIZ is happy to present an exclusive audio stream of “The Doc” and “Giant Steps,”…

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