The Ginger UPs

The Ginger UPs Sunday, November 12th, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm at the Anacortes Public Librar – 1220 10th Street. Jennifer Spector and Dave Tieman are award-winning songwriters with an easy-breezy style that combine their love of jazz, pop and folk music. Their performances feature David’s exceptional musicianship on electric guitar/bass, Jennifer’s acoustic guitar, her…

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Charlie Haden

Compiled by Louise Vogel Charlie Haden (Charles Edward), bassist, composer, and bandleader was born in the Midwest in 1937 into a musical family. The Haden Family Band played folk music, and sang country and western songs for the Haden Family Radio Show, with Charlie joining them at the tender age of two. He contracted polio…

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Benny Carter

Album Cover: Further Definitions Compiled by Louise Vogel As Duke Ellington once wrote: “The problem of expressing the contributions that Benny Carter has made to popular music is so tremendous it completely fazes me, so extraordinary a musician is he.” Bennett Lester Carter was born in New York City in 1907, and was largely self-taught,…

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Wes Montgomery: Pure Musical Genius

Album Cover: Riverside Records Wes Montgomery (1923-1968) Compiled by Deanne Savage While researching Wes Montgomery, I found this JazzTimes article from 2005, by Josef Woodard. I simply could not come close to writing anything as great as this – so I recommend, you open up this article and read it: http://jazztimes.com/articles/15844-wes-montgomery-the-softer-side-of-genius Also, this YouTube video,…

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ART BLAKEY: Messenger with a Mission

Featured image, from Ken Burns Jazz Series Art Blakey also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina 1919 – 1990 By Deanne Savage Art Blakey: Messenger with a Mission. Jazz drummer Art Blakey was one of the most inspirational and important figures in Jazz for four decades – in fact, his work and sense of helping other…

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LESTER YOUNG: The “Pres”

  photo credit, pbs.org, ken burns jazz series    Lester Young (1909 – 1959) Photo credit, dailymusicbreak.com   By Deanne Savage Before Pharrell Williams sported his hat to become the ultimate contemporary hip-cat; there was a group of young jazz musicians who transformed the jazz world with their playing and their sense of cool style –…

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Earl Hines: Jazz Legend

Earl Hines   One of the most important pianists in the history of jazz… Earl Hines has been called the first modern jazz pianist. His style differed from other pianists of the Twenties in his use of what were then considered unusual rhythms and accents. Earl Kenneth “Fatha” Hines was born on December 28, 1903,…

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Curtis Lee Mayfield

Biography: CURTIS LEE MAYFIELD (b. June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) by Mark Allred You are right. The music of Curtis Mayfield is not considered JAZZ. Yet he has influenced those who are considered jazz. In fact he has influenced many a genre as can be witnessed by the successful cover songs and numerous…

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