November 30, 2011

Jazz News: A New Post for Jason Moran

Jazz pianist/composer Jason Moran has been selected as the artistic adviser for the Kennedy Center jazz program. Here's the story:

Jason Moran to be Kennedy Center jazz adviser
by Brett Zongker, Associated Press

Washington -- The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday tapped 36-year-old pianist and composer Jason Moran to be its artistic adviser for jazz, a post held by acclaimed musician Billy Taylor until his death in December at 89. More...

November 26, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: November 25 to December 1

November 25
  • Cornetist Nat Adderley born 1931 in Tampa, FL.
  • Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond born 1924 in San Francisco, CA.
  • Pianist/composer Willie “The Lion” Smith born 1897 in Goshen, NY.
November 26
  • Duke Ellington records “I’m Just A Lucky So-and-So,” 1945.
  • Charlie Parker records “KoKo” at his first session as a leader, 1945.
  • Louis Armstrong records “After You’ve Gone,” 1929.
November 27
  • Bandleader/composer Maria Schneider born 1960 in Windom, MN.
  • Violinist Eddie South born 1904 in Louisiana, MO.
  • Pianist Jacky Terrasson born 1966 in Berlin, Germany.
November 28
  • Drummer George Wettling born 1907 in Topeka, KS.
  • Tenor saxophonist Lester Young records The President Plays with Oscar Peterson, 1952.
  • Saxophonist/composer Gigi Gryce born 1927 in Pensacola, FL.
November 29
  • Drummer Adam Nussbaum born 1955 in New York, NY.
  • Trumpeter Lee Morgan records The Rajah, with tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley and pianist Cedar Walton, 1966.
  • Composer/pianist Billy Strayhorn born 1915 in Dayton, OH.
November 30
  • Trumpeter Jack Sheldon born 1931 in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Louis Armstrong records Satchmo at Symphony Hall with drummer Big Sid Catlett and trombonist Jack Teagarden, 1947.
  • Bunny Berigan records Bix Beiderbecke’s “In A Mist,” 1938.
December 1
  • Saxophonist Jimmy Lyons born 1933 in Jersey City, NJ.
  • Bassist/composer Jaco Pastorius born 1951 in Norristown, PA, and records The Birthday Concert, 1981.
  • Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin records Five Birds and a Monk with pianist Stanley Cowell, 1978.

Source: Smithsonian Jazz

November 23, 2011

Jazz News: Paul Motian is Dead

Jazz drummer Paul Motian has died. The New York Times has the story:

Paul Motian, Jazz Drummer, Is Dead at 80
by Ben Ratliff

Paul Motian, a drummer, bandleader, composer and one of the most influential jazz musicians of the last 50 years, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 80 and lived in Manhattan. More...

November 19, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: November 18 to November 24

November 18
  • Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra records Hoagy Carmichael’s “Washboard Blues,” 1927.
  • Trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Don Cherry born 1936 in Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Tenor saxophonist John Coltrane records “Alabama,” 1963, in reaction to the church bombings in that state that killed four girls.
November 19
  • Drummer/bandleader Chick Webb records “Don’t Be That Way,” 1934.
  • Trombonist/bandleader Tommy Dorsey born 1905 in Shenandoah, PA.
  • Pianist Teddy Wilson records “Pennies From Heaven” with vocalist Billie Holiday and clarinetist Benny Goodman, 1936.
November 20
  • Trumpeter Miles Davis records arranger Gil Evans’ version of “Concierto de Aranjuez,” 1959.
  • Tenor saxophonist Don Braden born 1963 in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Guitarist Skeeter Best born 1914 in Kinston, NC.
November 21
  • Pianist Geoff Keezer born 1970 in Eau Claire, WI.
  • Xylphonist/composer Red Norvo records “Dance of the Octopus,” 1933, with Benny Goodman on bass clarinet.
  • Tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins born 1904 in St. Joseph, MO.
November 22
  • Pianist/arranger Horace Henderson born 1904 in Cuthbert, GA.
  • Trombonist /arranger/composer Jimmy Knepper born 1927 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Composer/author/conductor Gunther Schuller born 1925 in Jackson Heights, NY.
November 23
  • Bassist/composer Ray Drummond born 1946 in Brookline, MS.
  • Composer Johnny Mandel born 1925 in New York, NY.
  • Drummer Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers record At the Café Bohemia, with trumpeter Kenny Dorham, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, and pianist Horace Silver, 1955.
November 24
  • Vocalist Bessie Smith makes her last recordings, including “Give Me A Pigfoot,” 1933.
  • Organist/arranger Will Bill Davis born 1918 in Glasgow, MO.
  • Saxophonist/composer/arranger Al Cohn born 1925 in New York, NY.

Source: Smithsonian Jazz

November 12, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: November 11 to November 17

November 11
  • Duke Ellington’s band records Billy Strayhorn’s “Progressive Gavotte,” 1947.
  • Cornetist Don Cherry records “Where is Brooklyn?” with tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, 1966.
  • Trumpeter Willie Cook born 1923 in Tangipahoa, IN.
November 12
  • Bassist Sam Jones born 1924 in Jacksonville, FL.
  • Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five record their first piece, “My Heart,” 1925.
  • Trumpeter/arranger Buck Clayton born 1911 in Parsons, KS.
November 13
  • Pianist Hampton Hawes born 1928 in Los Angeles, CA.
  • Cecil Taylor Quintet, with John Coltrane and Kenny Dorham, records Hard-Driving Jazz, 1958.
  • Drummer Idris Muhammad born 1939 in New Orleans, LA.
November 14
  • Pianist Don Ewell born 1916 in Baltimore, MD.
  • Guitarist Billy Bauer born 1915 in New York, NY.
  • Benny Carter Meets Oscar Peterson recorded 1986.
November 15
  • Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk makes his last studio recordings with bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Art Blakey, 1971.
  • Drummer Gus Johnson born 1913 in Tyler, TX.
  • Guitarist Kevin Eubanks born 1957 in Philadelphia, PA.
November 16
  • Composer W.C. Handy born 1873 in Muscle Shoals, AL.
  • Guitarist/bandleader Eddie Condon born 1905 in Goodland, IN.
  • Louis Armstrong records “Big Butter and Egg Man,” 1926.
November 17
  • Bassist/bandleader Ben Allison born 1966 in New Haven, CT.
  • Trombonist Roswell Rudd born 1935 in Sharon, CT.
  • Trumpeter Doc Cheatham and pianist Sammy Price record Duets, 1976.

Source: Smithsonian Jazz

November 5, 2011

This Week in Jazz History: November 4 to November 10

November 4
  • Pianist Joe Sullivan born 1906 in Chicago, IL.
  • Louis Armstrong records Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust,” 1931.
  • Alto saxophonist Charlie Parker records “Klactoveedsedstene,” with drummer Max Roach, 1947.
November 5
  • Vocalist Ella Fitzgerald records “Goodnight, My Love” with Benny Goodman’s band, 1936.
  • Jimmie Lunceford’s band records Sy Oliver’s version of “Annie Laurie” featuring trombonist/vocalist Trummy Young, 1937.
  • Pianist Keith Jarrett records his solo The Sun Bear Concerts in Kyoto, Japan, 1975.
November 6
  • Arranger Andy Gibson born 1913 in Zanesville, OH.
  • Pianist Claude Thornhill’s band records Gil Evans’ arrangement of “Donna Lee” featuring alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, 1947.
  • The World Saxophone Quartet records Steppin’, 1981
November 7
  • Tenor saxophonist David S. Ware born 1949 in Plainfield, NJ.
  • The historic Live at Fargo recording is made of the Ellington band in 1940, giving us an informal listen to the band at its zenith.
  • Pianist Joe Bushkin born 1916 in New York, NY.
November 8
  • Trumpeter Kamau Adilifu (Charles Sullivan) born 1944 in New York, NY.
  • Vocalist Billie Holiday records “Don’t Explain,” 1944.
  • Guitarist Russell Malone born 1963 in Albany, GA.
November 9
  • Two alto saxophonists born: Jesse Davis 1965 in New Orleans, LA, and Pete Brown 1906 in Baltimore, MD.
  • Count Basie records “How Long Blues” with his All American Rhythm Section (guitarist Freddie Green, bassist Walter Page, and drummer Jo Jones), 1938.
  • Pianist Oscar Peterson records “If You Could See Me Now” with guitarist Joe Pass, 1983.
November 10
  • Pianist Paul Bley born 1932 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Bassist Walter Page’s Blue Devils make their only recordings, “Blue Devil Blues” and “Squabblin’,” 1929.
  • Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner born 1965 in Fairborn, OH.

Source: Smithsonian Jazz