Jazz and Blues

Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald 1917-1996
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The "first lady of song" Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the U.S. for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold more than 40 million albums.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Joe Henderson

Joe Henderson 1937-2001
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Influenced by Lester Young initially, then by Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, Joe Henderson created his own unique sound. 

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Jazz and Blues
7:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Jazz salutes its disc jockeys

Symphony Sid Torin (left) hosts a program at WHOM featuring the saxophonist Arnett Cobb.
William Gottlieb The Library of Congress

The advent of bebop added a fresh sound to American music. It also added new voices to some metropolitan radio stations: the late-night jazz DJs who specialized in presenting this new music to their fellow hipster nightflies. To recognize the work of the groundbreaking DJs who lent them critical exposure, jazz musicians of the period would occasionally write songs in their honor. Here are five of those songs.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus 1922-1979
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Charles Mingus was a virtuoso bass player, accomplished pianist, bandleader and composer.  Influenced both by church choirs and Duke Ellington, he studied double bass and composition with classical masters.

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Jazz Northwest
3:01 pm
Sun April 21, 2013

Chuck Deardorf - Dave Peterson Group on Jazz Northwest

Dave Peterson & Chuck Deardorf

A Seattle all-star group played this month's Art of Jazz concert at The Seattle Art Museum.  Co-led by Chuck Deardorf on bass and Dave Peterson on guitar, the group also includes Rich Cole on tenor sax, Bill Anschell, piano, and John Bishop on drums.   Highlights from the concert aired on Jazz Northwest, 88.5 KPLU on Sunday, April 20 at 2 PM PDT.

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Jazz & Blues
12:01 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

'Another Man Done Gone' - a powerful tale of woe on a chain gang

Vera Hall

'Another Man Done Gone'

Repression of African Americans didn’t stop at the end of the Civil War, and prisons and chain gangs were full of black people arrested for minor violations. This song, “Another Man Done Gone”, tells of the death of a man on one of those chain gangs.

Folklorist Alan Lomax recorded Vera Hall singing “Another Man Done Gone” in 1940, and praised her as having the "loveliest untrained voice [he] had ever recorded."

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Jazz Caliente celebrates Jazz April

Tito Puente 1923-2000
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We've been celebrating Jazz April (Jazz Appreciation Month + International Jazz Day April 30) by posting birthday remembrances of the legendary jazz artists who were born this month.

Latin Jazz innovators, percussionists and bandleaders are well-represented in April too: 

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Buster Williams

Buster Williams
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Bassist Buster Williams is a living legend of jazz,who has worked with Miles Davis, Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, McCoy Tyner, Woody Shaw, Benny Golson, and Kenny Baron, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Herbie Mann

Herbie Mann 1930-2003
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Herbie Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was jazz music's preeminent flautist during the 1960s, an early pioneer of the fusion of jazz and world music.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith 1894-1937
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Bessie Smith started out as a street musician in Chattanooga.  She was mentored in traveling shows and vaudeville by Ma Rainey.

By the early 1920s she was one of the most popular Blues singers in vaudeville.

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Jazz Northwest
8:33 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Ballard Jazz Festival featured on Jazz Northwest on 4/14

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and it's being celebrated with three jazz festivals around Seattle this month.  On this week's Jazz Northwest we'll preview The Ballard Jazz Festival with over 60 musicians performing in various locations around Ballard, April 17-20.  Included are The Brotherhood of the Drum, The Guitar Summit, and The Ballard Jazz Walk with a dozen locations featuring many of Seattle's favorite jazz artists.  The Festival concludes with the mainstage event at the Nordic Heritage Museum featuring Gary Bartz with the George Colligan Trio, and the Lew Soloff Quartet.

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Blues Time Machine
12:01 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

'Somebody's got to go' - the path from from blues to rap

Lonnie Johnson, one of the first guitar masters.

The Blues Time Machine

Lonnie Johnson was one of the first American guitar masters, with a style that bridged jazz and blues, as well as country styles. Though often labeled as a “blues” player, he was versatile and accomplished enough to be a guest artist with Louis Armstong’s Hot Five in 1927, and with Duke Ellington in 1928.

Among his many contributions, he is considered the first to play single-string guitar solos and was a major influence on jazz guitar pioneers Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt. He recorded “Somebody’s Got To Go” in 1941.

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Jazz and Blues
10:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Jazz April Birthday: Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock
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Pianist, bandleader, composer and producer Herbie Hancock has had a career that's lasted five decades and garnered 14 Grammy® Awards.

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Jazz Caliente
12:00 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Cuban guitar master Manuel Galbán's music lives on

Manuel Galbán 1931-2011
(Credit: Alejandro Perez/HiRes)

Ry Cooder called him a "guitar wizard."

Jon Pareles of The New York Times wrote in 2003:  “Mr. Galbán was one of the wonders of Cuban music in the 1960s.  His playing pulled together two almost contradictory approaches: the floating reverb of surf guitar and the percussive, snapping sound of the tres, the small guitar that’s a fulcrum between rhythm and melody in Cuban son groups.”

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Jazz
3:06 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

The Creators Of Jazz Appreciation Month Start Celebrating

A group of musicians and major donors pose with Lionel Hampton's vibraphone at the 2013 Jazz Appreciation Month launch. From left: Mark Dibner of The Argus Fund, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, Fran Morris Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, pianist Randy Weston, Richard Rosman of the Ella Fitzgerald foundation and Smithsonian American History Museum Director John Gray.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 2:42 pm

The 12th official Jazz Appreciation Month began when April did. But today, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which founded the JAM campaign, kick started its own celebration with a series of performances, discussions and ceremonies.

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