Jamal was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began playing piano at the age of three, when his uncle Lawrence challenged him to duplicate what he was doing on the piano. Jamal began formal piano training at the age of seven with Mary Cardwell Dawson, whom he describes as greatly influencing him. His Pittsburgh roots have remained an important part of his identity ("Pittsburgh meant everything to me and it still does," he said in 2001) and it was there that he was immersed in the influence of jazz artists such as Earl Hines, Billy Strayhorn, Mary Lou Williams, and Erroll Garner. Jamal also studied with pianist James Miller and began playing piano professionally at the age of fourteen, at which point he was recognized as a "coming great" by the pianist Art Tatum. When asked about his practice habits by a New York Times critic, Jamal commented that, "I used to practice and practice with the door open, hoping someone would come by and discover me. I was never the practitioner in the sense of twelve hours a day, but I always thought about music. I think about music all the time. He made his first sides in 1951 for the Okeh label with The Three Strings (which would later also be called the Ahmad Jamal Trio, although Jamal himself prefers not to use the term "trio"): the other members were guitarist Ray Crawford and a bassist, at different times Eddie Calhoun (1950–52), Richard Davis (1953–54), andIsrael Crosby (from 1954). The Three Strings arranged an extended engagement at Chicago’s Blue Note, but leapt to fame after performing at the Embers in New York City where John Hammond saw the band play and signed them to Okeh Records. Hammond, a record producer who discovered the talents and enhanced the fame of musicians like Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Count Basie, also helped Jamal’s trio attract critical acclaim. Jamal subsequently recorded for Parrot(1953–55) and Epic (1955) using the piano-guitar-bass lineup. The trio's sound changed significantly when Crawford was replaced with drummer Vernel Fournier in 1957, and the group worked as the "House Trio" at Chicago's Pershing Hotel. The trio released the live album, Live at the Pershing: But Not For Me, which stayed on the Ten Best-selling charts for 108 weeks. Jamal's well known song "Poinciana" was first released on this album..Ive had the opportunity of having a few conversation with Ahamd Jamal, one beautiful brother. recrded in the early 90's in Culver City Ca.
Cobb's most famous work is on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue (1959), considered by many to be the quintessential jazz record. Cobb is the last surviving player from the session. Legendary jazz drummer, Jimmy Cobb, was born in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1929. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy’s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece "Kind of Blue", the most popular jazz recording in history. He also played on "Sketches of Spain", Someday My Prince will Come", "Live at Carnegie Hall, "Live at
the Blackhawk", "Porgy and Bess", and many, many other watermark Miles Davis recordings.
At 87 Jimmy is still going strong teaching and performing. Set back and enjoy the journey with Jimmy Cobb.
A special thanks goes out to Rashid Booker for making it happen.
Songs in Order 1, Simone "Cobb's Grooves" 2, Juicy Lucy (Horace Silver) " Cobb Back in Italy" 3, Flamingo "Earl Bostic" 4, Ain't Necessary So "MD Porgy and Bess" 5, So What "MD Kind of Blue" 6, I Thought " Wynton Kelly Trio" 7, Bye Bye Blackbird " Sarah Vaughn Live in Japan Vol 1" 8, Unit 7 "West Montgomery & Wynton Kelly Trio " Smokin At The Half Note"
At 92, Vibist Terry Gibbs is still Jammin! For an incredible eight decades now, feisty vibraphonist and jazz icon Terry Gibbs has demonstrated the sheer joy of performing. Life is a gas! he seems to be saying with his music.
Let's do this! In performance, he behaves like a exuberant fan of his own band,cheering his accompanists on, punctuating arrangements and
solos with non-verbal interjections. His spirit was cultivated over
the years, having played in significant jazz eras, with the formative
giants of the genre, including Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in
bebop and "the King of Swing," Benny Goodman. That same spirit is in abundance on Terry Gibbs 92 Years Young: Jammin' at the Gibbs House, a collection of songs recorded live in Gibb's living room. All the tracks were done in a single take. Endings were discussed briefly or not at all. There was no rehearsal. This is old school, rare today, the kind of session
sophisticated talents like Terry and not all that many others could
tackle. Gibbs, accompanied by his son Gerry on drums, Mike Gurrola on bass, and John Campbell on piano, sparkles on vibes. His tone is impeccable and his energy belies his senior status. Gibbs' decision to record one more performance, in a very long line of worthwhile recordings, is something to behold, celebrate and enjoy.
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Songs in Order From the CD Terry Gibbs 92 years young "Jammin at The Gibbs House 1,Back Home in Indiana 2, Yardbird Suite 3, Between the Devil and The Deep Blue Sea 4,Just Some G Minor Blues 5,Take The A Train For more information whalingcitysound.com
Billy Childs began piano lessons when he was six. At the age of 16, he started attending the Community School of the Performing Arts, a prestigious music program sponsored by the University of Southern California (USC). After having studied theory there with Marienne Uszler and piano with John Weisenfluh, he attended USC (1975–79), earning a bachelor of music degree in composition, under the tutelage of Robert Linn.
Childs was playing professionally as a teenager and he made his recording debut in 1977 with the J. J. Johnson Quintet during a tour of Japan that is documented as the Yokohama Concert. He gained significant attention during his six-years (1978–84) playing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's group. While influenced early on in his playing by Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, and Chick Corea and in his composing by Paul Hindemith, Maurice Ravel, and Igor Stravinsky, Childs nevertheless had an original conception of his own from near the start, developing his own voice as both a pianist and a composer in jazz and classical music genres. For more information about Billy Childs, his website Billychilds.com
Songs in Order 1,Backward Bop " Rebirth" 2, Peace " Rebirth" 3, Loverman " The Child Within" 4, Flanagan "Portrait of a Player" 5, Tightrope "Rebirth" 6, Rebirth
Spike Lee was born Shelton Jackson Lee on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was making amateur films by age 20, and won a Student Academy Award for his graduate thesis film. Lee drew attention with his first feature, She's Gotta Have It -- one of the most profitable films made in 1986 -- and continues to create films that explore provocative topics like race, politics and violence. He is also known for his documentaries and commercials. Growing up in a relatively well-off African-American family, Lee was making amateur films by age 20. His first student film, Last Hustle in Brooklyn, was completed when he was an undergraduate at Morehouse College. Lee went on to graduate from the New York University Film School in 1982. His thesis film, Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, won a Student Academy Award. This interview was recorded in 1990 when the film Mo Better Blues was release..We sat down at the Chateau Marmont Hotel, LA and talk about the movie MO Better Blues and the jazz club scene.
Born on April 25, 1961, Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by the legendary saxophonist Benny Carter. He studied with drum instructor Roy Sneider and band director Robert Siemele. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody. Allen studied at The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay from 1979 to 1981, and transferred to William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies and Performance.
Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and recorded several recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Benny Golson, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Rickie Lee Jones, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Stern, Nellie McKay, Terence Blanchard, Phil Woods, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs and many others. Allen’s phenomenal sideman discography also includes Jackie McLean (Dynasty), Donald Harrison (Indian Blues, Noveau Swing), Donald Byrd (A City Called Heaven), and Art Farmer (The Company I Keep). Sit back and enjoy this conversation with Carl recorded 4/5/17 for more information about Carl his website carlallen.com
Songs in Order 1, Foot Pattin "Testimonial" 2, My Brotha "The Pursuer" 3, The Message "Testimonial" 4,Holy Land "Testimonial" 5, The Pursuer "The Pursuer"
Francisco Mela was born in 1968 in Bayamo, Cuba. He moved to Boston in 2000 to pursue a degree at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music and, quickly thereafter, the faculty recognized that Mela had much to offer students and promptly hired him to teach at the school. Mela rapidly made a name for himself on the Boston scene, becoming the house drummer at the legendary Wally’s Café Jazz Club. It was at Wally’s that Mela began developing a concept for his own band, one that would feature the sounds of modern jazz with the traditional music he grew up with in Cuba. Francisco Mela is a favorite amongst jazz's elite instrumentalists, among them, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, JoAnne Brackeen, Kenny Barron, Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson and McCoy Tyner, all of whom cite his charisma, sophistication, and life-affirming spirit as an extension of his incredible talents as a composer and drummer.
In 2009, he was tapped by jazz legend McCoy Tyner to join his trio. Said Tyner of his new young drummer, “Mela is just a fantastic player. He has his own style and his own sound, which is what I look for in a drummer.”
Songs in Order 1, "Mela/Kenny Barron" 2, "Fe" 3, "Ancestros" 4, "Lovano Mood" 5, "Reflection" 6, "Drum Solo" For more information Mela and his music, go to his web www.franciscomela.com
Born Eugene McDuffy in Champaign, Illinois, McDuff began playing bass, appearing in Joe Farrell's group. Encouraged by Willis Jackson in whose band he also played bass in the late 50s, McDuff moved to the organ and began to attract the attention of Prestige Records while still with Jackson's group. McDuff soon became a bandleader, leading groups featuring a young George Benson, Red Holloway on saxophone and Joe Dukes on drums.McDuff recorded many classic albums on Prestige including his debut solo Brother Jack in 1960, The Honeydripper (1961), with tenor saxophonist Jimmy Forrest and guitarist Grant Green, and Brother Jack Meets The Boss (1962), featuring Gene Ammons, and Screamin’ (1962). After his tenure at Prestige, McDuff joined the Atlantic Records label for a brief period and then in the 70s recorded for Blue Note. To Seek a New Home (1970) was recorded in England with a line-up featuring blues shouter Jimmy Witherspoon and some of Britain's top jazz musicians of the day, including Terry Smith on guitar and Dick Morrissey on tenor sax.The decreasing interest in jazz and blues during the late 70s and 1980s meant that many jazz musicians went through a lean time and it wasn't until the late 1980s, with The Re-Entry, recorded for the Muse label in 1988, that McDuff once again began a successful period of recordings, initially for Muse, then on the Concord Jazz labefrom 1991. George Benson appeared on his mentor’s 1992 Colour Me Blue album. Despite health problems, McDuff continued working and recording throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and toured Japan with Atsuko Hashimoto in 2000. "Captain" Jack McDuff, as he later became known, died of heart failure at the age of 74 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This interview was recorded in 1995 in Harlem, NY. at the Famous Sylvia's Restaurant
Songs in Order 1, The Live People "Silkin Soul" 2, Vas Dis "Brotherly Love" 3, It's A Wonderful World "Crash" 4, Monhah Joe Dukes "Bringin it Home" 5, Fly Away "The Heatin System" 6, Silk 'N' Soul "Silkin Soul"
Mitchell Butler is a native of Raleigh, NC and currently calls Columbia, SC home. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Performance from East Carolina University. Mitch is also a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Doctor of Music Arts degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies.
Mitch has been the trombonist and leader of a number of musical groups including the Nebulous Jazztet from 2001 to 2006, Modus Bone from 2010 to 2012, the CSU East Bay Faculty Jazztet, and currently the Mitch Butler Quartet. These groups have served as entertainment and educational ensembles for the southeastern United States and the West Coast of the US. These groups perform in venues ranging from night clubs to jazz festivals to music seminars.
Mitch was a member of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra headed by world renowned trumpeter Irvin Mayfield from 2008 to 2010. In February of 2010 the N.O.J.O. won the Grammy Award for large jazz ensemble with the release of the recording "Book One" - a recording that Mitch is featured on. He is also the a soloist on the critically acclaimed Nnenna Freelon and John Brown Big Band album, "Christmas". Mitch has also been a trombonist for the international award winning jazz group JazzBonez, which features six trombones and rhythm section and recorded the critically acclaimed album "Watch It!". Contributions to The New Five Jazz Project based in Austin, Texas, the aforementioned John Brown Big Band based in Durham, NC, the North Carolina Jazz Repertoire Orchestra in Chapel Hill, NC and the Tiffany Austin Quintet based in San Francisco Bay Area, CA have also proven to be important to his musical development as a performer, composer, and/or arranger for those groups. Butler has also performed and/or recorded with musical greats such as Curtis Fuller, Tia Fuller, Derrick Gardner, Aaron Graves, Benny Green, Tim Hagans, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Andre Hayward, Conrad Herwig, Brad Leali, Branford Marsalis, Jason Marshall, Bob Mintzer, Melton Mustafa, Dick Oates, Rufus Reid, Herlin Riley, Stephen Riley, Adonis Rose, Darius Rucker, Grady Tate, Billy Taylor, Gregory Tardy, The Temptations, Ray Vega, Fred Wesley, and many others.
Much time has also been invested as an educator in jazz studies. Mitch was the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at California State University, East Bay in Hayward, CA from 2013 to 2016. Before that, he was Director of Jazz Studies at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC from 2009 to 2013. He has also invested time in music throughout the community, having provided private lessons in trombone and jazz studies as well as participating in clinics/workshops throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, the Southeast, Central Texas, and California. Butler has also held faculty and teaching positions at several institutions including Durham School of the Arts, East Carolina University, North Carolina Central University, Elon University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of Texas at Austin. Mitch is now a full time performing musician, clinician, composer, and arranger.
Mitch Butler is an exclusive Michael Rath Trombones artist and clinician.
For more information on Mitch www.mitchbutlertrombone.com
Songs in Order all live performances 1,The Preacher 2,Clean, 3,Straight No Chaser 4, Sentimental Mood
Greg Abate (born May 31, 1947 in Fall River, Massachusetts) is a jazzsaxophonist, flautist, composer, and arranger. He grew up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In the fifth grade he began to play clarinet.
After high school, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and, after spending some years gigging in California, returned to Berklee in 1972 to finish his education. Later, a second trip to Los Angeles landed him an audition – and the lead alto chair – in the Ray Charles Band from 1973 through 1974.
Soon afterwards, Abate formed a sextet called Channel One. The group's only album, Without Boundaries, was released in 1980. Living in northern Rhode Island, Abate settled in the horn section with Tony Giorgianni's Sax Odyssey and Duke Bellair's Jazz Orchestra. In 1986 Abate was hired by Dick Johnson to be the tenor in the Artie Shaw Band. Abate has also appeared with Jerome Richardson and Red Rodney
Songs in Order 1, Take The Crowell Train 2, Steeplechase " Kindred Spirit " 3, Road to Forever 4, Mr. Parker 5, Whaling City Sound All songs except 2 are from his latist CD "ROAD TO FOREVER" www.gregabate.com
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