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Moondog — On the Sidewalks of New York

BY ARMAND LEWIS LOUIS HARDIN WORE MANY hats: composer, poet, street musician and in the words of composers Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, “the founder of minimalism.” But Hardin’s favorite hat was a leather Viking helmet...
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Piano Magic

Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard By Armand Lewis usic may be the universal language, but jazz is a conversation — a conversation between the musicians as well as with the audience. A special subset of these musical conversations...
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Lester Young — The Complete President

BY ARMAND LEWIS PAST GENERATIONS OF Americans were fond of giving nicknames to their friends and peers. From “Honest Abe” Lincoln, to Julius “Groucho” Marx, nicknames were used to celebrate someone by highlighting a pe...
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Erroll Garner – Ready for Take One

by Armand Lewis During much of the twentieth century, many jazz musicians had little formal training. There may have been basic lessons as children, but often by high school age, they were being taught informally by older musi...
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Monk and Coltrane – Definitive Performances

By Armand Lewis There are very few jazz composers who, when you hear their work, you know instantly whose tune you are hearing. Soloists may be easily identified by their individual sound or style, but as composers, very few ar...
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Oscar Peterson Plays and Plays and Plays…

By Armand Lewis During the first half of the Twentieth Century, the heart of the music business was not the performer, but the composer. Recording stars, Radio, Broadway and Hollywood musicals were almost completely dependent ...
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Stan Getz at Cafe Montmartre

By Armand Lewis The 1950s and early ‘60s may have been the greatest era of jazz, but it was not that great for many of the American musicians who played it. The difficulties the working jazz musician faced included the preval...
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100 Years Ago Today

Bebop and Beyond by Armand Lewis On February 26, 1917, five New Orleans musicians went into the Victor Records studios in New York City to record two tunes for release on one 10” 78rpm single. Victor Records 18255 would be re...
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Blue Note: Strong at 75

Alfred Lion Founded The Pioneering Jazz Label in 1939; Today, The label Celebrates Its Rich History With Numerous Re-releases Of Classic Recordings by Armand Lewis ~ Today, independent record labels are the norm rather than the...
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