• Paul shares some of his personal jazz record collection, concentrating on the lesser known and sometimes quirky covers

  • This edition tells the story of Billy Taylor’s 1937 visit to Jelly Roll Morton’s Washington, D.C. club, where he witnessed Morton’s “arrogant wisdom”

  • In November, 1946, at the height of his popularity, Dizzy Gillespie took his big band out on the road, and in 1947 hired Ella Fitzgerald to tour the South.

  • “Songs for Sometime Losers: A Bebop Suite”  is a series of short acrostic riffs  — not unlike a long blistering saxophone or wistful piano solo within a larger piece — that together make up one jazzy whole

  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 14
  • Great Encounters: When Billy Taylor saw Jelly Roll Morton
  • A Moment in Time — Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, 1947
  • “Songs for Sometime Losers: A Bebop Suite” — by Beth Spencer
dizzyella2 Features » A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time — Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie, 1947

In November, 1946, at the height of his popularity, Dizzy Gillespie took his big band out on the road, and in 1947 hired Ella Fitzgerald to tour the South. According to Ella’s biographer Stuart Nicholson, she had been added to this tour in response to Gillespie’s Hepsations tour in 1945, whose groundbreaking sound “had confused and confounded the southerners,” and because Ella could “create balance after the unrelieved diet of bop…The Gillespie band saw Ella as a former swing era star, light-years removed from what they were doing, a palliative to help their music go down with the public.”

Even with Ella, however, things could be challenging. The audience would “listen, stand around and applaud,” band member Howard Johnson said,” and try and pretend they dug it. I think they appreciated the artistry of Dizzy because […] Continue reading »

chickwebb1 Quiz Show » Jazz History Quiz

Jazz History Quiz #75

Known early in his career (when with Chick Webb) as a Louis Armstrong sound-alike both on trumpet and on vocals, his recording of “On the Sunny Side of the Street” sounded so much like Armstrong’s live version that people actually thought it was Armstrong who was copying this trumpeter. Who is he?

Taft Jordan

Jimmy McPartland

Ruby Braff

Frankie Newton

Snooky Young

Shorty Baker

Red Allen

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“To hell with the rules…”

“To hell with the rules. I am going for the unknown.”

– Wayne Shorter

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A combination of still unresolved technological challenges, vacation, travel, and work has caused me to take a bit of a hiatus. I hope to return on a regular basis in the near future. Meanwhile, please enjoy this hour long 2013 performance of the Wayne Shorter Quartet, who we have recently booked for an October 13 appearance in […] Continue reading »

chetbaker2 Literature » Poetry

“Chet Baker” — a poem by Jack Peachum

Tumbling out of the second story window —
an accident, I swear — passing the first floor,
and, “You’ll never make it as a musician, Chet!”,
an endless string of notes plays by my ear,
one solo interlude strung out forever,
reaching, reaching, for the ultimate chord,
my sideman lost in a tinkle of piano keys,
the percussion of the vibraphone,
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