Monday, April 2, 2012

Articles » "Berklee College of Music"

About Berklee
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music.

For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. With more than a dozen performance and nonperformance majors, a diverse and talented student body representing more than 70 countries, and a music industry "who's who" of alumni, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

Berklee College of Music is a nonprofit, coeducational institution of higher learning incorporated under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and to train veterans under the G.I. Bill of Rights.

Louis Armstrong, 1901-1971, Trumpeter/Singer

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Biographies » Sophie Milman

Sophie Milman, Singer/Songwriter
Born: 1983 (Ural Mountains, Russia)

Sophie Milman is a charismatic young Russian-born, Israeli-raised, Toronto-based jazz vocalist who’s well on her way to becoming an international sensation.

The intimacy and immediacy of Sophie Milman’s singing reflects the dramatic experiences that shaped her early life. Born in Russia’s Ural Mountains, she left for Israel with her parents in an effort to escape the strictures and uncertainties of life under communism.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Articles » "American Jazz Museum"

American Jazz Museum

Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, MO, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Blue Room jazz club and Gem Theater.

Since its inception in 1997, the Museum has hosted thousands of students, scholars, musicians fans for over 200 performances, education programs, special exhibitions, community events and more each year, providing an opportunity to learn about the legends, honor their legacy, or simply enjoy the sounds of Kansas City jazz. Our mission is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through research, exhibition, education and performance at one of the country's greatest jazz crossroads - 18th & Vine.

As the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition and advancement of jazz, the American Jazz Museum is dedicated to public service and collaborative efforts to expand the influence, awareness and appreciation of jazz within Kansas City and to audiences worldwide.

Videos » "A Day in the Life of Christian McBride"

Spend a day with Christian McBride at home, at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Museum in Harlem and the streets of New York as he gives you just a small glimpse of his unbelievably busy life.

Christian McBride's official website:

Articles » An Introduction to Jazz Music (

An Introduction to Jazz Music
By Jacob Teichroew, Guide

Born in America, jazz can be seen as a reflection of the cultural diversity and individualism of this country. At its core are openness to all influences, and personal expression through improvisation.

Throughout its history, jazz has straddled the worlds of popular music and art music, and it has expanded to a point where its styles are so varied that one may sound completely unrelated to another. First performed in bars, jazz can now be heard in clubs, concert halls, universities, and large festivals all over the world.

The Birth of Jazz:
New Orleans, Louisiana around the turn of the 20th century was a melting pot of cultures. A major port city, people from all over the world came together there, and as a result, musicians were exposed to a variety of music. European classical music, American blues, and South American songs and rhythms came together to form what became known as jazz. The origin of the word jazz is widely disputed, although it is thought to have originally been a sexual term.

Benny Carter, 1907-2003, Alto Saxophonist (*)

(*) Benny Carter was also a clarinetist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Interviews » So in Love: Interview with Jazz Singer Roberta Gambarini (

So in Love: Interview with Jazz Singer Roberta Gambarini
By Nicola Orichuia
April 29, 2011

Roberta Gambarini’s May 13 show at Scullers Jazz Club is in some way a homecoming. Boston was in fact the city where the two-time Grammy Award nominee first moved to in 1998, when she received a scholarship from the New England Conservatory. Her stay wasn’t long, though, as she quickly moved from musical obscurity to jazz stardom. We asked her about her past, present and future:


Can you tell us about how you came to the United States?

It was 1998 and I moved to Boston at the end of August, after receiving a scholarship at the New England Conservatory. But my stay was brief, because the school had signed me up for the national “Thelonius Monk” jazz competition in Washington D.C., which took place just after I arrived in the United States. I came in third place and was noticed by many in the business. I started working right away, and after several months of back and forth between Boston and New York I decided I needed to insert myself fully into the New York musical scene, leaving behind the scholarship.

Biographies » Nat "King" Cole (~britannica)

Nat "King" Cole, Pianist/Singer
Born: March 17, 1919 (Montgomery, AL)
Died: February 15, 1965 (Santa Monica, CA)

Nat "King" Cole, byname of "Nathaniel Adams Cole", family name originally "Coles" was an American musician hailed as one of the best and most influential pianists and small-group leaders of the swing era. Cole attained his greatest commercial success, however, as a vocalist specializing in warm ballads and light swing.

Cole grew up in Chicago, where, by age 12, he sang and played organ in the church where his father was pastor. He formed his first jazz group, the "Royal Dukes", five years later. In 1937, after touring with a black musical revue, he began playing in jazz clubs in Los Angeles. There he formed the "King Cole Trio" (originally King Cole and His Swingsters), with guitarist Oscar Moore (later replaced by Irving Ashby) and bassist Wesley Prince (later replaced by Johnny Miller). The trio specialized in swing music with a delicate touch in that they did not employ a drummer; also unique were the voicings of piano and guitar, often juxtaposed to sound like a single instrument. An influence on jazz pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Cole was known for a compact, syncopated piano style with clean, spare, melodic phrases.

Articles » Gene Lees, Jazz Critic and Historian,
Dies at 82 (

Gene Lees photo by Ruby Washington
Gene Lees, Jazz Critic and Historian, Dies at 82
Published: April 26, 2010

Gene Lees, a prolific jazz critic and historian who approached his subject with a journalist’s rigor and an insider’s understanding, died on Thursday at his home in Ojai, Calif. He was 82.

The apparent cause was a stroke, said Leslie A. Westbrook, a family spokeswoman.

The author of numerous books, Mr. Lees was not just an observer of the music scene, he was also a participant.

He was an accomplished lyricist whose credits included “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars,” the English-language lyric for Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Corcovado,” which was recorded by Frank Sinatra, Astrud Gilberto and many others. He was also a vocalist, with several albums to his credit.

...Unlike other American jazz musicians who experimented with the music from Cuba, the Caribbean, and Latin America, Cal Tjader (1925-1982) never abandoned it, performing it until his death.

Videos » Benny Golson: Take the "A" Train

Benny Golson (tenor saxophone), Fritz Pauer (piano),
Hans Strasser (bass), Joris Dudli (drums)
September 2009, Jazzland (Vienna)

Benny Golson's official website:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Biographies » Michel Petrucciani

Born: December 28, 1962 (Orange, France)
Died: January 6, 1999 (New York City)

Michel Petrucciani came from a family with a musical background. Both his father Tony and brother Philippe played guitar, and his other brother Louis played bass. Although Michel was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, (a genetic disease that causes brittle bones and in his case short stature) he overcame the effects of this disease to become a powerful pianist.

Because of his name, it has sometimes been assumed that Petrucciani is Italian. Michel explained to jazz critic Leonard Father that; his grandfather was a Sicilian who emigrated to France. His father settled in Orange, where Michel was born. However, most of his childhood was spent in Motelimar, near Avignon, where he studied classical music for seven years.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Articles » Ipanema (~wikipedia)

About 15 minutes ago, I listened to "Girl from Ipanema" from an album of Charlie Byrd & Ken Peplowski. It's a special song for me that I never get tired of listening, maybe more than 10 years.

Suddenly I wondered exactly what & where was the "Ipanema"; and I wanted to learn something about there. I found some information on wikipedia, and (by some shortening) I wanted to post it in my blog..

Ipanema is a neighborhood located in the southern region of the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between Leblon and Arpoador. The beach at Ipanema became widely known by the song "The Girl from Ipanema" ("Garota de Ipanema"), written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes.

Articles » Obituary of June Christy (1925-1990)

Jazz Compositions » "Bossa Beguine"

"Bossa Beguine" is a jazz composition written by the legendary pianist/composer Oscar Peterson. I couldn't find detailed information on web about when/where/how/etc. did Oscar Peterson composed this piece.

Probably it first appeared on the album: "Oscar Peterson - Blues Etude (PolyGram)." According to the liner notes of this album, track was recorded December 3, 1965 (Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Louis Hayes on drums) and published by Tomi Music Company (BMI).