Thea English

Thea English

WWOZ is truly a musical gumbo. It is a delicious mixture of spicy flavors that contribute to this city's beautiful and rich heritage. I've listened to this station for seven years and it is fantastic! To be satirical, I'll describe this station metaphorically.

The main ingredient in this gumbo is a quart of jazz music. Every weekday afternoon dedicated and enthusiastic disc jockeys play the best in classic and modern jazz. You can hear great legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald,Bi …

I remember the first time I attended Jazz Fest. I was in my freshman year in college and a group of teachers brought us. When I arrived there, it was amazing! There were thousands of people walking around with bottles of water, beer, Cokes and sno-balls. The tents featured various styles of music;gospel, jazz, blues, and world music. I loved the jazz tent the most. The beautiful sounds of the piano, trumpet and saxophone were breathtaking. I visited the food vendors and the amount of delicacies …
29.01.2011

Timeless Treasures

Published in Jazz Viewpoints
All Blues

If you're looking for a sensual, poetic and harmonious song, then this is the one. Miles Davis plays the trumpet in a mellow and unified way and this is truly a gem. He and John Coltrane work really well on this song and I give it a rating of five glasses of Zinfandel.

A Night in Tunisia

I'm always reminded of Latin jazz when I hear this song. It has a mystic, subtle element and is danceable. Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker do a fantastic job with this tune …

While listening to a Branford Marsallis interview on NPR, he stated that jazz is not for young folks. However, I think there are many young people out there who actually enjoy jazz. Here's my story.

It was an unusually hot March afternoon and I was flipping through the radio stations. Most of the urban disc jockeys played the same songs within five minutes of each other and and I wanted to hear something different. I was sixteen years old at the time. So I find this wonderful grassroots stati …

On Saturday nights I look forward to listening to NPR’s weekly program, Jazzset with Dee-Dee Bridgewater. She gives great interviews and goes beyond just announcing an artist’s name and song. She gives me the history behind them. I feel that this program preserves one of America’s most timeless music, jazz. And this is why I think Congress shouldn’t cut funding for programs such as NPR. NPR is really more than just a jazz station. It showcases other forms of music such as blues, country, classic …
Best Contemporary Jazz Album Nominees

1. Deep Into It by Larry Carlson
2. Speaking of Now by the Pat Metheny Group
3. Uberjam by the John Scolfield Band
4. Mint Jam by the Yellowjackets
5. Faces and Places by Joe Zawinul


Best Jazz Vocal Album Nominees

1. For Ella by Patti Austin
2. Ask A Woman Who Knows by Natalie Cole
3. Etta Jones Sings Lady Day
4. Live in Paris by Diana Krall
5. Brazilian Duos by Luciana Souza


Best Jazz Instrumental …
**ADDED SHOW**
Tuesday, February 11 & Wednesday, February 12, 2003 - 8:00pm & 10:30pm
2003 Grammy Nominee Dave Valentin & His Quintet with Dave Valentin, flute; Bill O'Connell, piano; Ruben Rodriguez, bass; Robbie Ameen, drums; Milton Cardona, congas
Tickets: $20.00 at table / $10.00 at bar


Sunday, February 2, 2003 - 12:30pm & 2:30pm
East Meets West Jazz Brunch
Miki Hayama
Tickets: $19.50, includes brunch and 1 drink


Monday, February 3, 2003 - 8:00pm & 10:30 …

29.01.2011

Mongo Santamaria Dies

Published in News Story
Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría, passed away at 3:00 A.M., Saturday February 1st. After suffering three strokes he was disconnected from life support at Miami's Baptist Hospital. He died surrounded by his family and leaves the most influential conga playing legacy in history. …
Jack Maher, who served more than three decades as publisher of respected jazz magazine Down Beat and its parent company, Maher Publications, has died. He was 78.

Maher died Friday at Good Samaritan Hospital in suburban Downers Grove. The cause of death was not specified.

``Jack Maher was a cheerleader, a taskmaster, a visionary, a curmudgeon when he wanted to be, and your grandfather when he wanted to be,'' said longtime Down Beat staffer Frank Alkyer, whom Maher appointed last year as his …

CRESCENT MOON/COLUMBIA TO RELEASE "TRUMPET EVOLUTION" ON MAY 6 GRAMMY AND EMMY WINNING MUSICIAN¹S MOST AMBITIOUS ALBUM TO DATE PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST TRUMPET PLAYERS OF THE 20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND - FROM KING OLIVER TO WYNTON MARSALIS

ALL 19 TRACKS ON CD WERE EXCLUSEVELY CHOSEN BY SANDOVAL, THEN EACH WERE TRANSCRIBED, RE-ARRANGED AND RECORDED BY SANDOVAL WITH GUIDANCE FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCER QUINCY JONES

On May 6 Crescent Moon/Columbia Records will release "Trumpet Evolution" the n …

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