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  • На Alfa Jazz Fest откроется новое джаз-радио

    С 25 по 29 июня во Львове пройдет Alfa Jazz Fest, на котором откроется новый радио-поток Аристократы-Джаз.

    Радио Аристократы можно услышать только через интернет, тем не менее Ярослав Лодыгин, Данила Хомутовский и Лера Чачибая являются активными деятелями радио рынка, и представляют новый проект - Аристократы Джаз.

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  • Умер знаменитый трубач Маркус Белгрейв

    Маркус БельгрейвМаркус Белгрейв (Marcus Belgrave), трубач из Детройта, чья карьера началась ещё в 1950-м, умер 24 мая в Анн-Арбор, штат Мичиган. Причина смерти явилась сердечная недостаточность. Белгрейв был госпитализирован в апреле с осложнениями хронического обструктивного заболевания легких и застойной сердечной недостаточности. Об этом сообщается в некрологе, опубликованном в Detroit Free Press. Маркусу Бельгрейву было 78 лет.

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  • Eubie Blake

    Eubie BlakeRagtime, for most Americans, meant a tinkling piano; and no one played the ragtime piano any better or longer than Eubie Blake. Blake, a musician, composer, and performer born in Baltimore in 1883, published his first rags in 1914. He met his lifelong friend and collaborator, Noble Sissle, the following year. The team of Blake and Sissle went on to write and perform such notable musical hits as "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and such successful Broadway shows as "Shuffle Along."

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  • Стартовал конкурс гитаристов имени Уэса Монтгомери

    Уэс МонтгомериЛэйбл Resonance Records объявил о запуске своего Международного конкурса джазовой гитары имени Уэса Монтгомери (Wes Montgomery) и в настоящее время предлагает спонсорские возможности на различных уровнях. Согласно пресс-релизу, конкурс открыт для конкурсантов в возрасте от 14 до 33 лет. Гитаристам предлагается представить на сайт конкурса аудио и видеозаписи их игры на гитаре.

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  • Саксофонист и педагог Пол Джеффри умер на 82-м году жизни

    Саксофонист и композитор Пол Джеффри (Paul Jeffrey)Саксофонист и композитор Пол Джеффри (Paul Jeffrey), работавший директором джазовых исследований при Университете Дьюка в Северной Каролине (North Carolina’s Duke University), умер 20 марта после продолжительной болезни в возрасте 81 год. О его смерти сообщают местные новостные агентства Северной Каролины.

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  • Pony Poindexter

    Pony PoindexterOne of the first bop-oriented jazz musicians to start doubling on soprano, Pony Poindexter should have been much better known during his lifetime. As with many saxophonists, the clarinet was his first instrument before switching to alto and tenor. Poindexter worked very early on with Sidney Desvigne in New Orleans (1940) and later attended the Candell Conservatory of Music in Oakland. He was with the 1947 Billy Eckstine Big Band and toured with Eckstine a few times during 1948-1950. Poindexter was based in the San Francisco Bay Area during much of his life, traveling a bit while with Lionel Hampton during 1951-1952. He worked steadily as both a sideman and a leader in local clubs throughout the 1950s. Neal Hefti, who was aware of Poindexter's talents early on, wrote "Little Pony" for the Count Basie Orchestra in 1951 (it was a

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  • Sir Roland Hanna

    Roland HannaRoland Hanna began learning music from his father, a saxophone player and minister, at an early age. He began studying classical piano at the age of 11. Surrounded by a burgeoning, regionally distinctive bop scene, Hanna began playing with some of the Detroit area's noted jazz musicians, including Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Hank Jones, and Woody Anderson, while still a student at Detroit's Cass Technical High School. In the newsletter published by the Institute for Studies in American Music (ISAM), Mark Tucker described the characteristics of the postwar Detroit school of piano playing: "advanced harmonic knowledge, a strong relationship with bebop, a

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  • Trumpeter Lew Soloff Dies at 71

    Lew SoloffLew Soloff, a fixture on the New York jazz scene for a half-century, and best known for his association with Blood, Sweat and Tears, died this morning, March 8, in New York City. His daughter, Laura Solomon, confirming Soloff’s death, stated on her Facebook page that he suffered a massive heart attack while returning home after eating dinner with his family. Soloff was 71.

    Soloff was best known for his five-year stint with jazz-rock pioneers Blood, Sweat and Tears, which he joined in 1968. He was present on the group’s Grammy-winning self-titled second album, performing at Woodstock with the group and contributing prominently to the hit “Spinning Wheel.” He remained with BS&T until 1973, recording five albums in all with the band. He also contributed regularly to recordings by Gil Evans and Carla Bley and served as a sideman for many other artists, as well as recording several albums as a leader.

    Born Lewis Soloff in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Feb. 20, 1944, Soloff was raised in Lakewood, N.J., where he first studied piano. He switched to trumpet at age10 and developed an interest in jazz. He attended Juilliard Preparatory, then the Eastman School of Music beginning in 1961, followed by a year in graduate school at Juilliard.

    Soloff’s first professional association was with the Latin bandleader Machito, and in 1966 he joined Maynard Ferguson’s outfit. Soloff also played during this time in a big band co-led by Joe Henderson and Kenny Dorham, as well as with pianist/arranger Gil Evans, with whom Soloff would continue to collaborate until Evans’ death in 1988. Soloff also spent time during the late ’60s working with Tito Puente, Clark Terry, Eddie Palmieri and others, but it was his role as a core member of Blood, Sweat and Tears during that band’s commercial peak that brought him his greatest and most lasting recognition.

    During the 1980s, Soloff was a member of the group Members Only and, beginning in 1983, the Manhattan Jazz Quintet, with which he recorded more than 20 albums (most for the Japanese market, where the group was extremely popular). He recorded nine albums as a leader, beginning with Hanalei Bay in 1986; the last was 2004’s Air on a G String.

    Soloff’s contributions to the discography of Carla Bley occurred between 1988 and 2008. Other artists with whom Soloff record or played, according to a bio on his website, were Roy Ayers, Bob Belden, George Benson, Benny Carter, Stanley Clarke, Paquito D’Rivera, Miles Davis/Quincy Jones, Mercer Ellington, Grant Green, Lionel Hampton, Bob James, Herbie Mann, Tania Maria, Carmen McRae, Laura Nyro, Jaco Pastorius, Mongo Santamaria, Little Jimmy Scott, Wayne Shorter and Stanley Turrentine. The site also states that Soloff accompanied many well-known vocalists, including Tony Bennett, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Barbra Streisand, and also appeared on projects by Phillip Glass, Kip Hanrahan, John Mayall and Dr. John. Soloff also contributed music to numerous film soundtracks.

    As an educator, he was on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music for nearly 20 years and served an adjunct faculty member at Julliard and New School.

    By Jazz Times


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  • Resonance to Issue Unreleased Live Wes Montgomery LP

    guitarist Wes MontgomeryOne Night in Indy, a previously unreleased live recording of guitarist Wes Montgomery with the Eddie Higgins Trio, will be released on vinyl by Resonance Records for Record Store Day, April 18. The tape was presented to the label by photojournalist Duncan Schiedt before he passed away last year. The music was recorded at a club Duncan and friends ran called The Indianapolis Jazz Club (aka The IJC) on Sunday, January 18,1959. The trio includes Montgomery on guitar, Higgins on piano, an unknown bassist and Walter Perkins (Ahmad Jamal's trio drummer before Vernell Fournier) on drums.

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  • Билл Доггет

    Билл Доггетт Bill DoggettИменно Биллу Доггету сам Диззи Гиллеспи в своей автобиографии приписывает происхождение своего прозвища. «Пианист Билл Доггет объявил: «Этот маленький диззи-кот с юга, который носит трубу в бумажном пакете, не читает с листа!». Так появилось слово Диззи», - пишет Гиллеспи.

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