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Who was Bobby Jaspar?

December 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Bobby Jaspar (20 February 1926 – 28 February 1963) was a cool jazz and hard bop saxophonist, flautist and composer born in Liège, Belgium. He was married to the jazz singer Blossom Dearie.

As a child Jaspar learned to play piano and clarinet. He then took up the tenor sax and flute. Playing with the “Bop Shots” band was some of the first work in the jazz business. Jaspar moved to Paris in 1950, playing and recording with the best musicians of that time. He met his wife “Blossom Dearie” while in Paris.

In the mid-fifties after much consideration and encouragement from his friends and peers, Jaspar decided to try playing in the United States. This was a turning point in his career as he ended up playing and cutting records with the quintet of J. J. Johnson, with Kenny Burrell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Donald Byrd to name a few.

In 1961/1962, Jaspar returned to Europe for a year and played in concerts and made several recordings. Jaspar formed a successful quintet with the  Belgian guitarist René Thomas. In some sessions, Chet Baker was added to form a great sextet. One of those sessions was immortalised on the record Chet Is Back, recorded in 1962.

Bobby Jaspar died from a heart attack in Febuary 1963, he was only 37.


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Tenor Legend…Joe Lovano

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

He is the most accomplished, improvisational, post bop jazz saxophonist, in todays modern jazz scene.

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite tenors!!


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On January 30th. in 2010,  Joe Lovano will be at the Singletary Center in Lexington, Ky.  tickets/info

February 18 – University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
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Side Steps

December 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Side Steps

I received this 5 disc boxed set for Christmas and haven’t stopped listening to it since. The remastering and quality of the music is superb!! The music here in opened up a part of his music I had not heard before, being only familiar with his more popular albums. This is definitely a side of the artist that must be heard if you count yourself as a fan. John Coltrane’s legendary Prestige recordings as a sideman to a host of jazz legends including Gene Ammons, Tadd Dameron, Red Garland, and Sonny Rollins. This 5-disc box set features 24-bit remastering from the original analog master tapes, a 72-page book with rare photographs, discography, and sessionography, some great essays by noted music historian Ashley Kahn, interview transcript with Prestige founder Bob Weinstock, and fully reproduced original album cover artwork and notes. 10 albums are represented in this set, some in their entirety. This completes the Prestige label’s trilogy of John Coltrane. Check out “Fearless Leader” and “Interplay” the first 2 boxed sets in this trilogy.

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Merry Christmas…To Everyone!!

December 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Thank you for following, and I wish everyone a happy and safe Holiday!!

To help you celebrate the Holiday NPR has several streams that you can listen to from Jingle Jams, to Paul Winters holiday concert.

My favorite is Jazz Piano Christmas, NPR invites great jazz keyboardists, revered giants and fresh new voices alike, to spin unique takes on holiday music, live in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This year, variety was the theme: The six pianists who took the stage — Eldar, Robert Glasper, Patricia Barber, Joe Sample, Ramsey Lewis and Dr. Billy Taylor — ranged in age from 22 to 88. You can also listen to past years programs, A Treat!!

The Christmas Song

December 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Today is the 65th aniversary of the most recorded and most loved song, The Christmas Song”, commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire“ or “Merry Christmas to You”, is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by vocalist Mel Tormé and Bob Wells. According to Tormé, the song was written during a blistering hot summer. In an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool,” the most-performed (according to BMI) Christmas song was born.

John Patitucci

December 22, 2009 1 comment

John Patitucci is a Grammy winning jazz double bass and electric bass player of Italian descent and born in Brooklyn, New York. He began playing the electric bass at age ten, composing and performing at age 12, as well as the acoustic bass at 15, and the piano one year later. After moving west, he studied classical bass at San Francisco State University and Long Beach State University.

Patitucci has released twelve albums as a leader. In addition to his solo work, Patitucci has played on albums by B.B. King, Chick Corea, Joanne Brackeen, Harvest (a little-known Christian music group popular in the 1970s and 1980s), Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Was Not Was, Roby Duke, Dave Grusin, Natalie Cole, Bon Jovi, Queen Latifah, Sting, and Carly Simon.

As a performer, he has played with his own band, and with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, and Tony Williams. He was selected to be the bassist for the GRP All-Star Big Band. Some of the many pop and Brazilian artists he has played with include Sting, Natalie Cole, Carole King, Astrud and Joao Gilberto, Airto Moreira and Flora Purim. Patitucci has worked with film composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, Ry Cooder, Henry Mancini, and John Williams.

Patitucci has led several projects of his own, in addition to playing with Chick Corea’s Elektric Band and Akoustic Band and on projects with Stan Getz, Freddie Hubbard, Danilo Pérez, and Roger Waters, among others. He now is active in Wayne Shorter’s popular quartet. The group won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Album for the album Beyond the Sound Barrier in 2006.

Bebop Clarinetist

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Buddy DeFranco began his professional career just as swing music and big bands many of which were led by clarinetists like Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman were fading in popularity. While most jazz clarinet players did not adapt to this change, DeFranco successfully continued to play clarinet exclusively, and was one of the few bebop clarinetists.

In 1950, DeFranco spent a year with the famous Count Basie Septet. His small combo in the early 1950s included jazz modernist Sonny Clark on the piano and guitarist Tal Farlow. He was bandleader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1966 to 1974. He has also performed with Gene Krupa, Charlie Barnet, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and many others, and has released dozens of albums as a leader.