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April 15, 2014
by Egil
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Today: The late Bessie Smith was born in 1894, 120 years ago

It’s a long old road, but I know I’m gonna find the end. ~Bessie Smith – Press: Who are your favorite singers? Bob Dylan: Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday and Nancy Sinatra ~Bob Dylan press conference – Paris, May … Continue reading

April 12, 2014
by Hallgeir
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Today: Herbie Hancock is 74 Happy Birthday

I don’t look at music from the standpoint of being a musician; I look at it from the standpoint of being a human being. ~Herbie Hancock It’s not exclusive, but inclusive, which is the whole spirit of jazz. ~Herbie Hancock … Continue reading

March 27, 2014
by Egil
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The late Sarah Vaughan was born in 1924, 90 years ago

When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don’t even notice. ~Sarah Vaughan – Possessor of one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century, Sarah Vaughan ranked with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday in … Continue reading

March 20, 2014
by Egil
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Today: Gil Evans passed away in 1988 – 26 years ago

He does it all, and he does it in ways that surprise you and conform to the needs and the genius of the soloist. ~Gary Giddins, jazz writer – Evans, like most musical geniuses (a title bestowed by Miles [Davis]) … Continue reading

March 18, 2014
by Egil
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Today: Miles Davis released “Round About Midnight” in 1957

 There’s little else to say except that ‘Round About Midnight is among the most essential of Davis’ Columbia recordings. ~Thom Jurek (allmusic.com) An absolute classic of modern jazz, with brilliant solo work from the leader and from Coltrane, who was … Continue reading

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