• Read our interview with the eminent Armstrong scholar

  • Musicians and journalists share their lists of favorite jazz albums recorded during the 1960′s with our readers

  • This edition features Alex Steinweiss record album covers from his prime period — the late 1940′s and early 1950′s. 

  • Royal had studied her from the bandstand each and every night since their first gig. Such a little thing she was.

     

     

  • Interview with Louis Armstrong biographer Thomas Brothers
  • What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz albums from the 1960's?
  • "Cover Stories with Paul Morris, Vol. 7"
  • New Short Fiction Award -- "Fever" by Yvonne McBride
rubydee1 Features » In Memoriam

Ruby Dee, 1922 – 2014

Ruby Dee, perhaps best known for her work on stage and screen in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun — a play the New York Times’ Frank Rich said “changed American theater forever” — and for her political activism, particularly during the era of the civil rights movement, died on June 11.

To read Bruce Weber’s comprehensive New York Times obituary, click here.
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armstrongjune12a Interviews » Biographers

Interview with Thomas Brothers — author of Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

In Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism, Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans, following the story of the great jazz musician into his most creatively fertile years in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Armstrong created not one but two modern musical styles. Brothers wields his own tremendous skill in making the connections between history and music accessible to everyone as Armstrong shucks and jives across the page. Through Brothers’s expert ears and eyes we meet an Armstrong whose quickness and sureness, so evident in his performances, served him well in his encounters with racism while his music soared across the airwaves into homes all over America.

Brothers discusses his book with Jerry Jazz Musician publisher Joe Maita in an April, 2014 interview. […] Continue reading »

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A good read — Nate Chinen on Jimmy Giuffre

In anticipation of Tuesday’s release of The Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 — previously unreleased live recordings from 1965, during an extended period when Giuffre’s published output was virtually non-existent — Nate Chinen filed a terrific account of Giuffre, which appeared in Sunday’s New York Times. It is well worth a read. Click here to do so.
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sugarray111 Quiz Show

Monday Jazz Quiz #41

Before becoming a full time musician, this pianist was a welterweight boxer who once fought “Sugar” Ray Robinson. Who is he?

Red Garland

Mel Powell

John Lewis

Billy Taylor

Elmo Hope

Wynton Kelly

Barry Harris

Hank Jones
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