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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 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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Chet Baker, 1945. Photo by Bobby Willoughby

Chet Baker in New York

BY ARMAND LEWIS IN THE LATE 1950S, THERE were three major jazz record labels in New York. Blue Note, Prestige and Riverside all churned out records as fast as their musicians could rehearse and record new material. With the ma...
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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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Thelonious Monk Returns to Paris

BEBOP AND BEYOND 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 comp...
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Chet Baker, 1983. Wikimedia Commons, Michiel Hendryckx

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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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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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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