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Oscar Pettiford

Oscar Pettiford in Germany

KEEPING TIME WITH OSCAR PETTIFORD by Armand Lewis ~ During the swing era, the bass was rarely prominent in either performance or recording. Used almost exclusively to “keep time” and to maintain the rhythmic foundation behi...
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Lester Young

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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Teddy Wilson

The Jackie Robinson of Jazz: Teddy Wilson

Bebop And Beyond By Armand Lewis n every field, someone is the first to accomplish something. For instance, George Washington was the first U.S. President, the Wright Brothers were the first to fly in a self-powered aircraft, a...
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Grant Green

Grant Green

THE HOLY BARBARIAN By Armand Lewis Nightclubs come and nightclubs go. Troubles with rents, liquor licenses, attracting enough patrons to cover the overhead and pay the performers and staff are all understandable reasons for hig...
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Jackie McLean

Jackie McLean

SUGAR FREE By Armand Lewis There was a time when jazz musicians learned their instruments and developed their styles relatively informally. Family members and neighbors, private teachers, grade school and high school music clas...
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dizzy-gillespie

Jazz Ambassador

Dizzy Gillespie by Armand Lewis In the early 1950s, with the Cold War heating up to a fevered pitch, rhetoric on both the U.S. and Soviet sides ratcheted up the propaganda as well as the weaponry, with literally every aspect of...
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Hank Mobley

Hank Mobley: Newark 1953

HANK MOBLEY: NEWARK 1953 By Armand Lewis There are extremely talented artists in all creative fields who do not get adequate recognition during their lifetimes. Other artists are modestly successful during their lives, but thei...
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Wayne Shorter Without a Net Jazz

Wayne Shorter Returns to Blue Note

Time And Age Can’t Diminish Wayne Shorter By Armand Lewis ayne Shorter is one of the few chameleons in jazz. Adaptable to any musical setting he finds himself in, the saxophonist’s career spans everything from the hard ...
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Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land

BY ARMAND LEWIS IN 1975, DUTCH JAZZ CONCERT promoter Wim Wigt decided it was time to start his own record label. Wigt had built up a strong business as a concert promoter and artist manager for a large number of well-known ja...
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