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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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Howard McGhee

Howard McGhee West Coast

By Armand Lewis Historians have dated the dawn of modern jazz in Los Angeles to December 10, 1945: The opening night of the Charlie Parker / Dizzy Gillespie Quintet at Billy Berg’s nightclub in Hollywood. While this date mark...
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Lars Gullin in 1964

Lars Gullin – Liquid Moves

Bebop and Beyond by Armand Lewis While modern jazz originated in the United States during the mid 1940s, it quickly spread around the world and by the 1950s, there were jazz modernists in most industrialized countries, includin...
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Chet Baker in Germany, 1979

By Armand Lewis There have been few lives as tortured, yet so prolific as Chet Baker’s. The lyrical trumpeter with the choirboy voice would record literally hundreds of albums while spending much of his life dealing with the ...
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Bill Evans – On a Monday in ’76

Bebop and Beyond By Armand Lewis In 1976, pianist Bill Evans was settled into what would come to be known as his great 1970s trio. Yet, the group would be together for just two years. While his bassist Eddie Gomez had been with...
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Sonny Criss: Imperial Sessions

By Armand Lewis Historians have dated the dawn of modern jazz in Los Angeles to December 10, 1945: the Jazz is one of the very few musical genres that has a capitol. The capitol of country music may be Nashville, but the capito...
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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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Miles Davis and the First Quintet

BY ARMAND LEWIS ON THE EVENING OF July 17th, 1955, Columbia Records producer George Avakian realized that he had a problem. He had just witnessed Miles Davis’ stellar performance at the Newport Jazz Festival and knew that if...
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Jutta Hipp

Jutta Hipp

LOST RADIO SESSIONS FOUND By Armand Lewis Women have never had an easy time as jazz instrumentalists. The stresses of leading a band, the difficulties of life on the road, the competitive nature of soloing and not least, the ti...
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