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  • girlsinger Book Review: 'Girl Singer,' Mick Carlon
    Girl Singer By Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press © 2015 pp. 164 paperback This is the third novel in the jazzseries for juveniles. The reader follows a 19 year old African-American girl singer.In this fictional account, she meets real-life characters such as bandleader William “Count” Basie, Lester ” Pres” Young, drummer Jo Jones vocalists Billie Holiday … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Girl Singer,’ Mick Carlon"...
  • bergcrantz CD Review: 'Soulfully Yours,' Anders Bergcrantz
    Anders Bergcrantz: Soulfully Yours Vanguard Music Boulevard Malmo, Sweden www.vanguardmusicboulevard.com Anders Bergcrantz is a prize-winning Swedishtrumpeter/composer. He has just released this recording of seven compositions, six of which are his originals and the seventh is composition of his wife, an internationally acclaimed composer, Anna-Lena Laurin. There are varying personnel on these seven numbers, some with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Soulfully Yours,’ Anders Bergcrantz"...
  • kilgore CD Review: 'This and That,' Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky
    Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky: This and That Arbors Records: ARCD 19455 Recorded April 25-27, 2016 Munich, Germany Here’s a professionally performed CD—just vocal and piano with 15 tunes by Gershwin, Ellington, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and others. What makes it special is the pairing of Rebecca Kilgore with German pianist Bernd Lhotzky. Many readers … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘This and That,’ Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky"...
  • pressedforalltime Book Review: 'Pressed for All Time' by Michael Jarrett
    PRESSED FOR ALL TIME: Producing the Great Jazz Albums From Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday To Miles Davis and Diana Krall ©Michael Jarrett, 2016 University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill pp. 303 with index Michael Jarrett is a published author and jazz authority as well as an English professor at Pennsylvania State University at York, Pa. … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Pressed for All Time’ by Michael Jarrett"...
  • whitemanbook Book Review: 'King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue'
    KING OF JAZZ: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue By James Layton and David Pierce Media History Press 1725 Grand View Ave. Severn, MD 21144 ©2016, pp. 303 This elegant book, 8 ¾ x 11”, comes at a time when the 1930 early Technicolor movie about Paul Whiteman and his band is undergoing a revival. The authors … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue’"...
  • lifewithlouis Book Review: 'Travels with Louis' by Mick Carlon
    Travels with Louis By Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press LLC © 2012 pp.245, paperback, 5”X7½” This is the second book of its kind by author Mick Carlon. His previous book, Riding on Duke’s Train was about a young African-American boy who is befriended by Duke Ellington and is invited on tour. This book has a similar … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Travels with Louis’ by Mick Carlon"...
  • loveforsale Book Review: 'Love for Sale: Pop Music in America' by David Hajdu
    LOVE FOR SALE: Pop Music in America David Hajdu Farrar, Strauss and Giroux ©2016 pp. 307 with end notes and index Author of this book, David Hajdu, is a professor of journalism at Columbia University. He’s music critic for The Nation as well as a songwriter and librettist. His biography of Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Love for Sale: Pop Music in America’ by David Hajdu"...
  • bopapocalypse Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff's 'Bop Apocalypse'
    Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats & Drugs By Martin Torgoff Da Capo Press ©2016, pp. 393 with bibliography and end notes Martin Torgoff—journalist, author and film-maker—has taken a unique point of view in this book. He has covered the use of recreational and hence illegal drugs in the U. S. since the 1920s until … Continue reading "Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff’s ‘Bop Apocalypse’"...
  • hefti-cover CD Review: 'Ain't That Right!' by Adrian Cunningham
    ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM Ain’t That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti Arbors Records © 2014 There’s a saying, “Any book is new until you’ve read it.” This could apply to recordings as well. Here’s a CD from 2014 from Arbors Records featuring multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham playing the music of Neal Hefti. It’s a small-group recording with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Ain’t That Right!’ by Adrian Cunningham"...
  • murphy CD Review: 'Summer Breeze' by Greg Murphy
    SUMMER BREEZE Greg Murphy, piano Whaling City Sound, New Bedford, MA Greg Murphy is a seasoned pianist and composer who has assembled a great team for this, his fourth CD as leader. It’s a mix of jazz compositions by outstanding artists as well as Murphy’s own well-honed compositions. Trio work includes bassist Eric Wheeler and … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Summer Breeze’ by Greg Murphy"...

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