Edward Lee Morgan

The Trumpet That Listens by MARK ALLRED “Every listener to jazz has had a few experiences so startling that they are literally unforgettable. One of mine took place during an engagement the Dizzy Gillespie big band had at Birdland in 1957. My back was to the bandstand as the band started playing Night In Tunisia.…

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Joni Mitchell

Biography: Joni Mitchell (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943) – Part Two by Mark Allred As promised this 2nd part of Joni Mitchell will delve a little deeper specifically in the individual Mitchell songs from the CDs in the Manieri Collection. Joni Mitchell wrote, “And we’ll laugh and toast to nothing and smash our…

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Joni Mitchell

Biography: Joni Mitchell (born Roberta Joan Anderson; November 7, 1943) – Part One: Joni Mitchell by Mark Allred “A singer, composer and lyricist of exceptional talent and unmatched influence, Joni Mitchell has crafted an extraordinary body of work spanning more than 40 years and is widely regarded as one of the brightest musical lights of…

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J. J. JOHNSON

Biography: Indianapolis-born trombonist/composer J. J. Johnson virtually reinvented the trombone for the purposes of postwar jazz.  A perfectionist in the realm of music and a man utterly dedicated to making the trombone do what he wanted, Johnson evolved a level of expertise previously undreamed of in jazz, his smooth delivery of the most complex passages…

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Freddie Hubbard

Biography: Hubbard started playing the mellophone and trumpet in his school band, studying at the Jordan Conservatory with the principal trumpeter of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. In his teens Hubbard worked locally with brothers Wes and Monk Montgomery and worked with bassist Larry Ridley and saxophonist James Spaulding. In 1958, at the age of 20,…

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Conrad Herwig

Biography: (b. November 1, 1959 Lawton, Oklahoma, USA) by Mark Allred “But the great thing about jazz is that nothing is so sacred that it can’t be recomposed and reinvented and rediscovered.”  – Conrad Herwig New York jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig has recorded over 19 albums as a leader.  (Maybe more by the time you read this.) In 2009…

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Dave Douglas

Biography: DAVE DOUGLAS (born March 24, 1963) “Trumpet Player of the Year”, “Jazz Artist of the Year”, the Guy with Two First Names by Mark Allred By now, Dave Douglas has been named “Trumpet Player of the Year” and “Jazz Artist of the Year” and “Composer of the Year” and the leader of “Record of…

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Eric Dolphy

Biography: “This is not music to roller skate by,” wrote A.B. Spellman of jazz multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy’s 1964 release Out to Lunch.  Consisting entirely of compositions written by Dolphy, Out to Lunch demands attention from the listener from its first notes.  By the third song on the album, Dolphy has taken the lead on three different instruments (alto sax, flute,…

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Harry Lillis “Bing” Crosby

Biography For many, Bing Crosby’s musical legacy remains nothing more than the annual Christmas ritual of watching the 1954 film White Christmas.  He appears to some as the antiquated song and dance man in black and white; the old fashioned voice of a crooner.  Not that he ever complained about being a seasonal standard.  “Anywhere…

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Julian Edwin Adderley

Biography: Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley, a legendary alto saxophonist, was born in Tampa, FL on Sept. 15, 1928. The nickname “Cannonball” came to him early on in his childhood and referred to his portly stature. He will always be known for amusing and educational rapport with his audience, often-times explaining what he and his musicians…

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