May 6, 1986
The CalArts Jazz Ensemble received the highest honors in the small ensemble category at the 28th Annual Collegiate Jazz Festival held recently at Notre Dame University. The ensemble received the outstanding performance award, playing works by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Ornette Coleman. CalArts student musicians garnered six of the eight outstanding individual instrumentalists awards.
May 4, 1997 |
Back in 1958, long before he became an esteemed filmmaker, Robert Benton decided to gather all the jazz musicians he possibly could for a group photo, taken by the late Art Kane, in front of a Harlem brownstone for an Esquire cover story on the golden age of jazz. Documentarian Jean Bach has been no less inspired than Benton in getting the surviving musicians to speak of those who have died--legends like Thelonius Monk, Lester Young, Charles Mingus and Pee Wee Russell.
December 6, 1990 |
American jazz trumpeter Bill Hardman, a leading member of drummer Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers group in the 1960s and '70s, has died at 57 in a Paris hospital of a brain hemorrhage, friends said today. Hardman, who also played alongside pianist Thelonious Monk and bassist Charles Mingus, had lived for several years in Paris with his wife. Blakey died earlier this year.
November 29, 1992 |
* * *1/2 Gil Evans and Lee Konitz, "Heroes," "Anti-Heroes," Verve. Evans refused to allow these two duet sessions with alto saxophonist Konitz to be released during his lifetime. Always his own most severe critic, he felt that his sometimes awkward piano playing was simply not good enough for public presentation in such a stark setting. He was wrong.
May 13, 2003 |
They billed themselves simply as the Quintet. The performance on May 15, 1953, would become known as possibly the greatest jazz concert of all time. Dizzy Gillespie working his trumpet. Charlie "Bird" Parker on the saxophone. Max Roach on drums. Charles Mingus on bass and Bud Powell on the piano. The five jazz legends played together only this one time, a Toronto concert that brought together key architects of the modern jazz style known as bebop.