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3:59 pm
Thu April 18, 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

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 3:42 pm

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.

Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Juan De Marcos And The Afro-Cuban All Stars: Dig That 'Dundunbanza'

Juan de Marcos González of the Afro-Cuban All Stars performs live for Jazz24.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 3:22 pm

Many music lovers know Juan de Marcos González as the man who teamed up with guitarist Ry Cooder to create Buena Vista Social Club. But González was busy celebrating the history of Cuban music long before Cooder arrived on the scene.

Concurrently with the Buena Vista project, González was recording an album with his own band, The Afro-Cuban All Stars. The orchestra now contains expatriate Cuban musicians, young and old alike, from around the world.

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3:44 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

A List Of 5 Songs About ... Lists

Detail from the cover art to Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson.
Verve Records

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:42 am

Over the past few years, Take Five's theme-based jazz lists have covered a wide variety of subjects. We've covered the careers of legends, the cutting-edge work of up-and-coming artists, styles, periods, holidays, regional scenes and more. Today, Take Five goes "meta" and presents a list of songs about... lists.

The lyrical conceits of these five songs are simply to list things. And, of course, feel free to suggest your favorite songs about lists that weren't included here. ("What, no 'Route 66'? Really?")

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Favorite Sessions
7:03 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Graham Dechter: Youth, Steeped In Tradition

Graham Dechter performs at the Jazz24 studios in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 4:30 pm

Graham Dechter is a 26-year-old jazz guitarist who's been living his dream. Dechter was invited to join the world-famous Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at 19, and now, seven years later, he's leading his own group — and just released his second album, Takin It There. Here's a clip of the Graham Dechter Quartet performing the title track in the Jazz24/KPLU studios.

Personnel

  • Jeff Hamilton, drums
  • Josh Nelson, piano
  • Christoph Luty, bass

Credits

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A Blog Supreme
4:30 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Coleman Hawkins: Tenor Saxophone, Front And Center

Coleman Hawkins in 1946.
William Gottlieb The Library Of Congress

Originally published on Thu November 22, 2012 9:54 pm

When tenor saxophonist John Coltrane recorded his composition "Giant Steps" in 1959, he created something that changed the way musicians thought about improvisation and harmony. Decades earlier, the man who took the first leaps and bounds with the tenor sax in jazz was Coleman Hawkins.

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Favorite Sessions
6:18 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Bill Charlap: The American Songbook, Handled With Care

Bill Charlap performs at KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer KPLU

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:53 am

It's no wonder that pianist Bill Charlap loves the music that has come to be called The Great American Songbook — the songs of great Tin Pan Alley composers such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. He grew up with it. Charlap was born and raised in New York, the son of Moose Charlap (a Broadway composer) and Sandy Stern, a self-described "popular singer with jazz overtones."

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1:39 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Django's Legacy: 21st-Century Gypsy Jazz

Versatile guitarist Frank Vignola has clearly studied Django Reinhardt-style jazz.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun October 7, 2012 4:05 pm

Django Reinhardt has achieved an almost godlike status among those who love jazz guitar. When he and violinist Stephane Grappelli formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1934, they created a new sound in jazz: The guitar and violin served as the lead instrumental voices, propelled by two hard-swinging rhythm guitars and a bass.

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Favorite Sessions
8:41 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Cyrus Chestnut: Nobody Like 'The Nutman'

Cyrus Chestnut performs on Jazz24.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 2:53 pm

Pianist Cyrus Chestnut took his time making a name for himself on the jazz scene: For a decade starting in the mid-1980s, he apprenticed as pianist for Jon Hendricks, Betty Carter, Donald Harrison and Wynton Marsalis. But since then, he's toured the world and recorded 15 albums as a bandleader.

In this performance and interview, Cyrus describes his gospel roots and his discovery of jazz, and discusses how he approaches interpreting other composers' music.

Set List

  • "Tonk"
  • "Polka Dots And Moonbeams"
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7:03 am
Sat September 15, 2012

Cannonball Adderley: 5 Songs From A Joyous Soul

Cannonball Adderley.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 7:56 pm

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2:09 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Karrin Allyson: Swinging Jazz Standards

Jazz singer Karrin Allyson on KPLU in Seattle.
Justin Steyer Jazz24

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 3:16 pm

Over the past 20 years, vocalist Karrin Allyson has recorded 13 albums that cover vast musical territory. She's explored The Great American Songbook, the musical styles of Brazil and France, the blues and the work of contemporary songwriters. She's recorded a tribute to John Coltrane and an album of late-night ballads, and she's earned four Grammy nominations.

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