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Roy Campbell, RIP

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On January 13, 2014
The great jazz trumpeter has passed, way too young. I saw him play with Other Dimensions in Music (also featuring William Parker, Rashid Bakr, and Daniel Carter) in Atlanta in 1999. Here’s a piece from the band in 2009.

The Cry of Jazz

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On November 1, 2013

Edward Bland’s 1959 documentary The Cry of Jazz is one of the most remarkable films I’ve ever seen. An early statement of the black nationalism that would become famous in the late 60s, Bland argu

Armstrong

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On September 21, 2013
For your Saturday night, Louis Armstrong in Copenhagen, either 1933 or 1934 (sources use different dates). This has to be one of the first recordings of live music on film. Sound is pretty good too.

David S. Ware, RIP

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On October 19, 2012
The great saxophonist David S. Ware has passed at the age of 62. I knew he had been sick for a long time. He received a kidney transplant 2 years ago, donated by a fan, which goes to show the devotion of the followers of this titanic artist. I had hoped this would mean many […]

Pete Cosey, RIP

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On June 6, 2012

The great guitarist for Miles Davis’ mid-70s bands has passed. Very sad. [SL]: A backhanded tribute to a great innovator: “Howlin’ Wolf looked at me and he said ‘Why don’

Ron Carter

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On March 2, 2012

It’s not like we don’t already know that the legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter is amazing. But he’s also super cool for playing a big role in the American Federation of Musicians att

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