Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Book By Roxanne Orgill

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In this picture book Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill, it is aimed at kids age 8 and up, Orgill recounts the history of jazz through a couple of dozen poems — each accompanied by beautiful and happy drawings by Detroit artist Francis Vallejo. Continue Reading →

Coleman Hawkins, One Of The First Prominent Jazz Musicians In Harlem 1920’s

Coleman_HawkinsColeman Randolph Hawkins November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969, nicknamed Hawk and sometimes “Bean”, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. Berendt explained: “there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn”.  Continue Reading →

‘Harlem Blues’ By Phineas Newborn Jr’s (video)

mr newborn s harlem bluesBefore this posting we had not heard of Phineas Newborn Jr., let alone his glorious Harlem Blues recorded in New York City on February 12, 1969.

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John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie In Harlem (video)

Dizzy-Gillespie-006John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie (pronounced /ɡɨˈlɛspi/; October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was an American jazz trumpet player, bandleader, singer, and composer. Continue Reading →