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The Criterion Channel presently is streaming the 1981 Ron Mann documentary Imagine the Sound, probably the foremost film ever made on the free jazz scene. It features four greats–Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, and Art Dixon–and is a combination of performances and interviews. I could listen to Shepp talk about what he does, Coltrane, […]

McCoy Tyner, RIP

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On March 6, 2020

The great jazz pianist is gone, at the age of 81. Tyner’s famous for his legendary work with John Coltrane at the peak of the saxophone master’s career between 1961 and 1965. Somewhat oddl

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This is the grave of Jean-Baptiste “Illinois” Jacquet. Born in 1922 in Louisiana, Jacquet and his parents moved to Houston when he was young. His father was a bandleader, though he didn’t make enough at it to not have to work otherwise. So Jacquet grew up around music and he and his brothers played in […]
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This is the grave of Duke Ellington. Born in 1899 to a pair of pianists in Washington, Edward Kennedy Ellington followed his parents to the piano from a young age. Although he was more interested in baseball as a child and worked for awhile selling peanuts at Senators games, he also began composing music. While […]
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