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Haden and Hall

Duet Masters Together ~By Armand Lewis Some musical partnerships are simply meant to be, even though they may not be long term. Some come together early in their musical careers, like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, only to...
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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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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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Henderson and Bartz, Spiritualizing the ‘70s

By Armand Lewis In the late 1960s, jazz was in a severe slump and was beginning to re-define itself in a search for a more youthful audience. While some players like Miles Davis embraced a fusion of jazz, electronics and rock, ...
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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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Sonny Sitt

Sonny Sitt — Lone Wolf Alternate

BY ARMAND LEWIS IT’S WIDELY RECOGNIZED that in the 1940s, Charlie Parker revolutionized both jazz and popular music with his lighting fast, ultra-precise style of playing that came to be known as “Be-Bop.” Not as widely ...
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The Shadows of Charles Mingus

Bebop and Beyond By Armand Lewis In the 1930s and ’40s the film industry was totally controlled by the major studios. These companies (including MGM and Paramount) controlled not only production and distribution, but also alm...
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Slim Gaillard – Jazz’s Wandering Comedian

By Armand Lewis Bulee “Slim” Gaillard was a true character. Self-taught, extroverted, a true globe-trotting hipster before the concept of “hip” really existed, Gaillard’s songs, infectious humor and self-invented jive...
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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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