Bruce Klauber

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03/10/10    Albums

Lorraine Desmarais Big Band
Lorraine Desmarais Big Band

Until now, pianist/composer Lorraine Desmarais’ recordings have been with small groups. On this, her 10th recording, she wanted to do something different. She’s proven to be nothing if not versatile, and this is quite the ambitious undertaking. These charts...


03/10/10    Albums

Do It Again
Nicki Parrott/Rossano Sportiello

Nicki Parrott is a rarity: a bassist who sings. And she does both very well. This is the second Arbors outing for this charming duo of her and pianist Rossano Sportiello. Parrott first came to the U.S. in 1994 from Australia via an arts grant, enabling her...

02/11/10    Community Articles

Peter Erskine: Straight Ahead

Drummer Erkskine's fabulous playing on Frank Macchia's "Folk Songs for Jazzers" is among is best.

11/12/09    Community Articles

Louis Prima: Life After Keely Smith

Gia Maione, entertainer Louis Prima's fifth and final wife, is keeping her husband's music, legend and legacy going, while fighting for truth and accuracy.

10/28/09    Community Articles

The Lost Drum Battles

Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich performed their famed, "drum battle" dozens of times" in person, but only two films and three recordings of their legendary duel survive. Drummers of a certain age continue to ask the question: "Is there more stuff out there?"

09/29/09    Community Articles

Mitch Miller: The Kitsch of Mitch

The legendary oboist, conductor, record producer and television star is now 98 years old and still following the elusive, bouncing ball.

09/21/09    Community Articles

The Missing Artie Shaw: Retraction and Clarification

The Academy Award-winning documentary on enigmatic jazz genius Artie Shaw, is protected under copyright and will not be made available via as essayed in a previous posting.

09/18/09    Community Articles

The Missing Artie Shaw

"Time is All You've Got" was an Academy Award-winning documentary film on the life and music of the late, legendary, clarinetist/bandleader Artie Shaw. It was mysteriously pulled from distribution shortly after its 1987 release. What happened?

09/11/09    Community Articles

Louis Prima and 9/11

The plan to fly to Las Vegas to interview famed, Louis Prima drummer Jimmy Vincent, for a documentary about early rock drummers, never happened. We were ready to leave for the airport on the morning of 9/11,when the World Trade Center disaster happend...

09/06/09    Community Articles

This is Chris

Obiturary/tribute of Chris Connor, the epitome of "cool" jazz singers, who passed away at the age of 81.

09/01/09    Community Articles

Where's Benny?

The planned Benny Goodman/Louis Armstrong tour of 1953 should have been one of the highlights in jazz history. It wasn't, as Goodman left the tour for unknown reasons. One recording, however, does survive and it's well worth having.

08/27/09    Community Articles

Where's Benny 1953?

In 1953, Benny Goodman teamed up with Louis Armstrong for a tour that never materialized. Though Goodman recruited many of his star sidemen from 1937-1938, he couldn't or wouldn't compete with Armstrong, became ill and left the tour. Here's the story...

07/24/09    Community Articles

Anita...Oh Anita!

A review of the superb documentary about the legendary jazz singer.

07/22/09    Community Articles

Vic Damone: What Makes Vic Tick

The famed singer's history, music, influences, famed associates and assorted wives as told by Vic Damone himself.

07/02/09    Community Articles

Slingerland Drum Company Dead. Again.

For the past several years, the Gibson guitar company, owner of the Slingerland brand name since 1994, has done absolutely nothing with what was once among the most famous name on drums. And no one seems to know why.

06/11/09    Community Articles

The Last Time I Saw Paris

What passes for entertainment in the casino lounges of Atlantic City

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About Bruce Klauber


Bruce Klauber joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 20, 2009