Doctor Dee on Jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. If you’re like me, you appreciate it year round, but I’d like to take this opportunity to make the effort to find a new group, a new venue, or a new series to check out. With that in mind, I’ll be sharing here the ones I know about in our…

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Doctor Dee on Jazz

The Darling Saxophone Four March is Women’s History month – which leads me to consider the role – or lack thereof – women have played, and continue to play in Jazz. All of us can list the female vocalists who have made a name for themselves in Jazz – from Bessie Smith through Billie Holiday…

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Doctor Dee on Jazz

I’ve been fortunate to catch several performances in the past few weeks – various group sizes – from trios to octets. And of course there is a variety of instruments; but there are two that are constant – drums and bass. The bass – correctly called the double bass – was not originally part of…

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Doctor Dee on Jazz

Just saw the list of newly arrived Jazz for the Manieri collection at the Anacortes Library. The first one listed set off a train of thought that I’m sharing this month. That first listing? Celebrating the Music and Lyrics of Dave and Iola Brubeck by the Dan Brubeck Quartet – a great listen by the…

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Doctor Dee on Jazz

November 29 will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Billy Strayhorn, one of least known major Jazz composers and arrangers during his lifetime – overshadowed by Duke Ellington with whom he worked for nearly 30 years. It would appear that a major factor in his lack of recognition was his own reticence –…

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Doctor Dee on Jazz

Jazz has been played on nearly any instrument one can name – anything – and everything – from accordion to zither. But, perhaps the predominant instrument is one invented/developed by a Belgian instrument maker, Adolphe Sax and patented almost 170 years ago in 1846. It was originally designed for orchestras, concert bands and marching bands,…

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Doctor Dee on Jazz

I’ve been listening to, and enjoying Jazz for over 50 years. Three years ago, I was offered the opportunity to host a Jazz show on KSVR in Mount Vernon – The Doctor’s Den, Mondays from 8 to 10. More recently, I’ve been hosting and producing Fourth Corner Jazz, recordings of live performances in Skagit and…

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A Guy with Lots of Heart: The Tale of Chris Terrell

Photo credit: Anacortes Magazine   By Deanne Savage There are some people who unify, support and encourage. Chief among them, in our magical little burb, is Chris Terrell. Chris’ vision has been to “Bring people together through art and music”. He is happy to let others shine, whilst he maneuvers his way about town (camera…

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John Gilbreath: Jazz Guru…

Illustration by Shannon Perry   By Deanne Savage You always know, when you are in the presence of  a Guru –  they exude confidence, elegance and oodles of knowledge; combined with a humble spirit. I felt the Force, meeting John Gilbreath for the first time this week. John is an artist and craftsman with entrepreneurial…

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The dialogue of JAZZ…

Photo credit, www.revive-music.com By Deanne Savage I recently received an email from local teacher, Laura Spehar. We are working on a Manieri/APLJC sponsored Swing Dance to be held at Fidalgo Elementary School on May 29th.  Laura said something in her email that delighted me and I want to share it with you: “Jazz music inspires…

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