February, 2014 Newsletter

February 15th, 2014

Jerry Jazz Musician February 2014 Newsletter

Jerry Jazz Musician Newsletter

February, 2014

This month on Jerry Jazz Musician, we visit with Stanley Crouch, author of Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker


* An interview with Why Jazz Happened author Marc Myers

* “A Moment in Time” looks at Stan Getz, 1954; Miles Davis, 1957; and Donald Byrd, 1959

* “Liner Notes” features Coltrane Live at Birdland, as written by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)

* “Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Volume 4″ invites readers to revisit the album art of the 1950′s, when LP’s took over the music market, and the art was “entertaining!”

* “Great Encounters” tells the stories of  The night Bill Cosby and John Coltrane played Birdland together and When the “top-notch” players in Chicago (1931) “gave a dance

* “Masters of Jazz Photography” looks at photos of Gjon Mili

* Arya Jenkins’ new short story is called “The Bluest Train” 

* Poets write about George Lewis, Charlie Parker, and Albert and Donald Ayler

* “Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion” asks the question:  “Who was your childhood hero?’  Gary Burton, Pat Martino, and others share thoughts on theirs

* “Monday Jazz Quiz” — Four new editions, including the most recent question:   Although he had success as a bandleader in the 1930′s, he is best known for being manager of Harlem’s Minton’s Playhouse during the birth of bebop. Who was he?

*  We also look at critical opinion following the February, 1964 appearance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan; “Unspeakable Jazz Must Go” reproduces conservative writings about jazz in 1921; “My Funny Valentine” presents the history of the famed Rodgers and Hart standard

All this and more…All found at Jerry Jazz Musician, the site “Devoted to Jazz and 20th Century America”


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In This Issue

Michael Cuscuna, Mosaic Records co-founder, is interviewed about his successful career as a jazz producer, discographer, and entrepreneur...Also in this issue, in celebration of Blue Note’s 80th year, we asked prominent writers and musicians the following question: “What are 4 or 5 of your all-time favorite Blue Note albums; a new collection of jazz poetry; “On the Turntable,” is a new playlist of 18 recently released jazz recordings from six artists – Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, Matt Brewer, Tom Harrell, Zela Margossian and Aaron Burnett; two new podcasts by Bob Hecht; a new “Jazz History Quiz”; a new feature called “Pressed for All Time,”; a new photo-narrative by Charles Ingham; and…lots more.

On the Turntable

This month, a playlist of 18 recently released jazz recordings by six artists -- Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano. Matt Brewer, Tom Harrell, Zela Margossian, and Aaron Burnett


In this month’s collection, with great jazz artists at the core of their work, 16 poets remember, revere, ponder, laugh, dream, and listen

The Joys of Jazz

In this new volume of his podcasts, Bob presents two stories, one on Clifford Brown (featuring the trumpeter Charlie Porter) and the other is part two of his program on stride piano, including a conversation with Mike Lipskin

Short Fiction

Short Fiction Contest-winning story #51 — “Crossing the Ribbon,” by Linnea Kellar

“What are 4 or 5 of your all-time favorite Blue Note albums?”

Dianne Reeves, Nate Chinen, Gary Giddins, Michael Cuscuna, Eliane Elias and Ashley Kahn are among the 12 writers, musicians, and music executives who list and write about their favorite Blue Note albums

Pressed for All Time

In an excerpt from his book Pressed for All Time, Michael Jarrett interviews producer Creed Taylor about how he came to use tape overdubs during the 1957 Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross Sing a Song of Basie recording session


“Thinking about the Truesdells” — a photo-narrative by Charles Ingham

Jazz History Quiz #128

Although he was famous for modernizing the sound of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra -- “On the Sunny Side of the Street” was his biggest hit while working for Dorsey (pictured) -- this arranger will forever be best-known for his work with the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. Who is he?

Great Encounters

In this edition, Bob Dylan recalls what Thelonious Monk told him about music at New York’s Blue Note club in c. 1961.


Jerry Jazz Musician regularly publishes a series of posts featuring excerpts of the photography and stories/captions found in Jazz in Available Light by Veryl Oakland. In this edition, Mr. Oakland's photographs and stories feature Stan Getz, Sun Ra, and Carla Bley.


Maxine Gordon, author of Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon, discusses her late husband’s complex, fascinating life.

Cover Stories with Paul Morris

In this edition, Paul writes about jazz album covers that offer glimpses into intriguing corners of the culture of the 1950’s

Coming Soon

"The Photography Issue" will feature an interview with jazz photographer Carol Friedman (her photo of Wynton Marsalis is pictured), as well as with Michael Cuscuna on unreleased photos by Blue Note's Francis Wolff.

In the previous issue

Jeffrey Stewart, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, is interviewed about Locke (pictured), the father of the Harlem Renaissance. Also in this issue…A new collection of jazz poetry; "On the Turntable," a new playlist of 19 recommended recordings by five jazz artists; three new podcasts by Bob Hecht; a new “Great Encounters”; several short stories; the photography of Veryl Oakland and Charles Ingham; a new Jazz History Quiz; and lots more…

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