October 23, 1988 |
"BEBOP." Milt Jackson. East-West 7 90991-2. "Bebop" as an album title (spelled without the hyphen, as it was in the book "Inside Bebop" in 1949 and has been ever since) is a rarity. Time was when the word was considered controversial and uncommercial; today it's almost nostalgic. As this new recording reminds us, veteran boppers like Jackson, J.J.
June 25, 1989 |
Faye Dunaway and Richard Widmark are starring in "Cold Sassy Tree," an adaptation of the Olive Ann Burns novel for the TNT cable channel. Widmark plays a widowed grandfather who falls in love with Dunaway's milliner character. Briefly noted: Reruns of "The Golden Girls" will join the NBC daytime schedule July 5, replacing "Wheel of Fortune," which is moving to CBS. . . . "Freddy's Nightmares" has been renewed for a second season in syndication, with 22 new episodes ordered. Robert Englund will be back as Freddy Krueger, host and occasional featured villain in the thriller anthology series.
August 23, 1985 |
Disorganization almost scuttled the International Jazz Hall of Fame's second induction and awards ceremony. Some musicians from the Count Basie and Woody Herman orchestras refused to play Wednesday night when their paychecks were not available by 8 p.m, the scheduled start time of the charity event at downtown Kansas City's Music Hall. "No pay, no play," said the manager for Woody Herman, one of several jazz greats inducted into the Hall of Fame Wednesday night.
January 26, 1986 |
When veteran jazz singer Ernie Andrews sings "Cabaret" on the intimate stage of Marla's Memory Lane, the words are persuading, a smooth and compelling suggestion. "The music. I come here to hear the music," says Ibelle Winston. "When I don't want to hear all this 'Hey baby, it's me and you' kind of disco-type talk, I come here, because it's mellow." Marla's Memory Lane on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in southwest Los Angeles has become a neighborhood refuge for serious jazz lovers.
March 1, 1991 |
Looking regal and colorful in his dashiki and fez, Dizzy Gillespie is dominating the bandstand at the Vine Street Bar & Grill. The group he is leading here is not his United Nation Orchestra, but the quintet with which he usually travels. Looking well and evidently rested after a long layoff, the seminal bebopper seemed to be in good shape; long, well-controlled runs issued from his legendary bent horn in the intimate room.
April 21, 1987 |
Any visit to town by Dizzy Gillespie is an occasion as rare and welcome as a rainbow, but his weekend at the Catalina Restaurant was something doubly special, as the capacity crowds clearly recognized. Of the 1986 band, only bassist John Lee remains.
December 14, 1987 |
Leroy (Slam) Stewart, the Big Band bass player known for his novel manner of humming an improvised jazz solo and simultaneously bowing in octave unison on the bass, died Thursday in his Binghamton, N.Y., home. He was 73. A native of Englewood, N.J., he studied at the Boston Conservatory. After working with Peanuts Holland in Buffalo, Stewart met Slim Gailliard at Jock's Place in Harlem in 1937, and they teamed as "Slim and Slam." In 1938, they scored the national hit "Flat Foot Floogee."
June 1, 2013 |
Jean Bach, who told the story behind a celebrated photograph of jazz luminaries in the award-winning 1994 documentary "A Great Day in Harlem," died Monday in New York City at age 94. The hourlong film chronicles an extraordinary moment in jazz history when 57 celebrated artists -- including Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Gene Krupa, Bud Freeman, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Mingus and Sonny Rollins --...
October 22, 1993 |
For most of his musical life, pianist-composer Lalo Schifrin, who has played with Dizzy Gillespie and written soundtracks for such films as "Dirty Harry" and "The Beverly Hillbillies," says he's felt like a fish out of water. "I grew up in classical music," says the 61-year-old native of Buenos Aires, whose father was a symphony musician. "But at age 13, I discovered jazz--Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie--and I became a convert.
January 24, 2000 |
Dizzy Gillespie is a tough act to follow. Correctly known as one of the founding fathers of bebop, he is credited perhaps a bit less than he should be as a first-rate composer, arranger and band leader. Add to that his engaging skills as an entertainer, scat singer and jokester, and a complete picture of Gillespie as one of the consummate 20th century artists emerges.