Doctor Dee on Jazz July 2016

Summer is here – and so are Jazz Festivals; using a search engine on the web, will bring up hundreds – and the list is incomplete. There are two in our area that are not included in any list I could find: Bellingham’s Bellhaven Festival in Fairhaven on September 10 and the Jazz Stage that…

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Over a long weekend recently I was delighted to attend three performances that included young Jazz musicians. We are blessed here in the NW corner of Washington to have several Jazz educators working with young musicians – introducing them, teaching them, and mentoring them in the art form we love – Jazz. This month I…

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The youngest Heath Brother – Albert (better known as ‘Tootie’) was in our area at the end of April (Jazz Appreciation Month). As most everyone knows, Tootie – who turned 81 this spring, is a drummer. Seeing and hearing him twice (Skagit Valley College on Thursday and the Majestic on Friday – April 28 and…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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