July 2, 2013
You could literally say that Cab Calloway was a Christmas gift to the jazz world. he was born on Christmas Day in 1907. He started out by performing in many of Baltimore's jazz clubs. At the beginning of his career he followed his sister who was an accomplished bandleader. It is obvious that music was in his family lineage. It wasn't long before his band was performing at the Cotton Club. He was a co-host band there with Duke Ellington. Not to shabby company. Calloway's career did not only focus on music. His voice was heard in Betty Boop cartoons.Confused? Here â€˜s a little help . He was also part of several feature films and did quite a bit of dancing. It is said that he did the first version of Michael Jackson's moon walk. In one of his movies Calloway can be seen performing a gliding back step which was very similar to Michael Jackson's moon walk. When Calloway performed the move, www.directtelevisionpackages.com/, it was called the buzz. He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz hall of fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame. He was also honored with a Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 2008. Cab Calloway passed away six months after having a stroke in 1994.
May 14, 2013
Edward Kennedy Ellington was born on April 29th, 1899 in Washington, D.C. He began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. Because of his dignified manner, a childhood friend gave him the nickname "Duke." He was to become one of the most important figures in jazz and big band music.
He composed his first piece at the age of fifteen, "Soda Fountain Rag," which he would play as a one-step, two-step, tango, foxtrot, and waltz. He began listening to ragtime pianists in Philadelphia and Atlantic City as well.The full explanation can be found at http://talkingtrumpet.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/duke-ellington-the-wise-musician-and-cootie-williams/
He learned to read sheet music and began playing professionally at the age of seventeen.
In 1917, he formed his first group, "The Duke's Serenaders. He moved to Harlem in the 1920's, becoming a prominent figure of The Harlem Renaissance. "Duke Ellington and His Kentucky Club Orchestra" was a ten-piece orchestra that played at an all-black revue in Harlem.
Ellington had many successful hits in the 1930's, including "Mood Indigo," "It Don't Mean a Thing," and "In a Sentimental Mood." He aimed to extend the length of a track from three minutes, playing one song on both sides of a record to allow more time for the expression of free-form jazz.
March 25, 2013
Thomas Francis Dorsey, aka Tommy Dorsey, was one of the most famous and successful musicians during the Swing era of music, 1935-45. An accomplished trombone player, he was well-known for his melodic and smooth style. His expressive playing coupled with his clean technique got him the nickname the "Sentimental Gentleman of Swing." He was a talented and temperamental instrumentalist, composer and bandleader.
Born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania in 1905 the Irish boy learned to play the trumpet and trombone from his coal miner dad, who was a part-time musician. At 17 Tommy started playing in a band with his older brother, the also famous Jimmy Dorsey, but the band soon broke-up due to the brothers' constant fighting. After taking over leadership of the Dorsey band, Tommy continued to compose and play Swing and Big Band music. His lyrical musical style was very popular, especially the ballads, and his music helped to promote careers of young singers of the day, most notably Frank Sinatra. Dorsey married three times, had four children and died at age 51.
July 27, 2012
The Newport Jazz festival was founded by Elaine Lorillard and her husband, Louis. The couple hired jazz musician George Wein to help organize the event. It was the rst outdoor music festival in America devoted exclusively to jazz. Since its inception, the festival set the stage for historical performances by many of the world's greatest jazz artists, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
From August 3-5, jazz enthusiasts from all over the world will descend on the beautiful coastal town of Newport, Rhode Island, for two full days of jazz. Performances will be held on one of three stages at Fort Adams, located at the mouth of Newport Harbor. The festival will be launched at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino on Friday night. Kicking off the festival is Dr. John and the Lower 911 featuring Jon Cleary, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and special guests Catherine Russell and Jonathan Batiste. You can view the complete festival lineup at newportjazzfest.net. If you cant be there, you can see the performances via NPR Music live video webcast. When the music stops playing, make sure check out the music channels through your satellitetv headquarters for a daily diet of jazz and blues programming.
November 6, 2011
When you think of Jimmy Dorsey, you think of a Jazz musician who was definitely multi-faceted. He did not just play music. He did not just play an instrument. His magic fingers majestically moved over the clarinet, saxophone and trumpet. He not only played the instruments, he was also a big band leader.
You could say that Jimmy Dorsey was part of a family with good musical lineage. he was the son of a music teacher and the older brother of Tommy Dorsey. So you could say he was born into music. He did work musically with his brother. With his brother Tommy, who played the trombone, he formed a band called the Dorsey's Novelty Six. This band became one of the first bands to broadcast.
Another thing that Jimmy Dorsey did was movies. He appeared in six films. This included a bio-pic film that he did with his brother Tommy. In his career Jimmy Dorsey scored eleven number one hits. He also managed to have some honors bestowed upon him. Jimmy Dorsey was elected into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame. Along with that honor he was also made a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame.
Jimmy Dorsey left us way to soon. He died June 12, 1957 at the age of 53. This was only a few short months after his Brother Tommy passed.
November 3, 2011
Charlie Christian was one of the best known jazz musicians in the 1930's. He was widely known for playing the jazz electric guitar and can be called the first great amplified guitar soloist. Charles Christian was born in 1916 and was raised in Oklahoma City. His parents were both musicians and his father taught him and his two brothers how to play. He played along with Benny Goodman and was a member of the Benny Goodman Sextet from 1930 to 1941. He also made many musical recordings as a sideman with Goodman.Want more? Click here.
His style of music contributed to the music referred to as bop or bebop music. He never recorded as a leader professionally, but there have been some recordings released of his sessions as a sideman featured as a soloist. Charlie Christian's music was often referred to as sounding horn like. He was not only influenced by guitar players but also horn players. He influenced other guitarists such as B.B. King, Chuck Berry, and Jimi Hendrix. Carlos Santana and Eddie Cochran are also among the list of musicians influenced by Christian. Charlie Christian died in 1942. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an Early Influence.
November 1, 2011
Bennett "Benny" Carter was born on August 6, 1907 and died on July 12, 2003. He was a jazz musician that played the saxophone, clarinet and trumpet. He also composed music and directed bands. Benny's interest in music started at a very young age. His interest grew when he began taking piano lessons from his mothers. When Benny was fifteen, he was already sitting in at some of the hottest jazz spots in Harlem. Benny gained experience by working as a sideman for some of the most successful bands in New York.
He enjoyed working with bands, but he knew that he wanted to his career to the next level. In 1928, he began recording with Charlie Johnson's Orchestra. One year later, he formed his first big band. Benny enjoyed a long and prolific career releasing over 14 albums. He has also worked as an arranger on several other albums.
Benny was nominated for seven Grammys and won two. He was awarded the lifetime achievement award in 1987 and in 1996 he won an award for Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Benny was married five times. He married his fifth wife in 1979 and they remained married until his death. He also has a daughter and two grandchildren.Want to know more? Go ahead: Benny Goodman via Japan
October 28, 2011
You could literally say that Cab Calloway was a Christmas gift to the jazz world. he was born on Christmas Day in 1907. He started out by performing in many of Baltimore's jazz clubs. At the beginning of his career he followed his sister who was an accomplished bandleader. It is obvious that music was in his family lineage.
It wasn't long before his band was performing at the Cotton Club. He was a co-host band there with Duke Ellington. Not to shabby company. Calloway's career did not only focus on music. His voice was heard in Betty Boop cartoons.Confused? Here
's a little help . He was also part of several feature films and did quite a bit of dancing. It is said that he did the first version of Michael Jackson's moon walk. In one of his movies Calloway can be seen performing a gliding back step which was very similar to Michael Jackson's moon walk. When Calloway performed the move, it was called the buzz.
He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz hall of fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame. He was also honored with a Grammy Lifetime achievement award in 2008. Cab Calloway passed away six months after having a stroke in 1994.