Larry Appelbaum

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January/February 2006    DVDs

Rendezvous in New York
Chick Corea

In late 2001, Chick Corea celebrated his 60th birthday with a three-week acoustic engagement at the Blue Note in New York City. The musical party included Corea in nine different musical settings, from duos and trios to larger ensembles. A double-CD amuse...

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12/12/05    Concerts

James Moody’s 80th Birthday Celebration

James Moody’s 80th Birthday Celebration at the Kennedy Center was an entertaining blend of thrown-down jazz and lighthearted fun. Backed by the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Moody and fellow NEA Jazz Masters Slide Hampton, Jimmy Heath and Paquito D’Rivera...

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09/21/05    Concerts

Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition

Norwegian guitarist Lage Lund, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, has won the 19th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Lage's artful arrangement of Billy Strayhorn’s “Isfahan” and his darting, articulate lines on Wayne Shorter’s...

08/15/05    Concerts

Jazz em Agosto

In an increasingly globalized music business that commodifies culture for mass consumption, it’s reassuring that Jazz em Agosto upholds its distinctive identity and high artistic standards. The annual avant music festival takes place over nine days in Lisbon...

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05/23/05    Concerts

Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival 2007

Over the course of three days and nights the 10th annual Mary Lou Williams Women In Jazz Festival paid tribute to its namesake while striking a balance between artistry, entertainment and a commitment to jazz education. The festival began with Japanese pianist...

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04/02/05    Concerts

Billy Taylor's Final Performance

If Dr. Billy Taylor had merely played piano for the past six decades, he would have secured an honored place in the jazz history books for his skills and creativity. But Taylor has accomplished a great deal more during a distinguished career as composer...

03/21/05    Concerts

Dutch Jazz Meeting

The best way to be immersed in the Dutch jazz scene is to attend the three-day musical feast in Amsterdam known as the Dutch Jazz Meeting. Every couple of years the Dutch Jazz Connection invites concert producers from around the world to experience the best...

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November 2004    Features

Dana Gioia & the National Endowment for the Arts: Can Jazz Matter?

Larry Appelbaum talks to the head of the National Endowment for the Arts, which is leading an organized charge to promote jazz to the American public.

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09/16/04    Concerts

25th Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition

Gretchen Parlato won first place in the 17th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition finals on Monday night at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Parlato, a New York City-based singer and power-yoga instructor who studied ethnomusicology...

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08/02/04    Concerts

Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival 2004

Toronto is home to a jazz scene that rivals, and in most cases exceeds that of most other cities. One reason may be the sheer number of excellent musicians that reside there, but the city also has a cultural infrastructure that supports the music, including...

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06/08/04    Concerts

Concerts — September 2004

This year’s Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest was filled with surprises, both on and off the stage. First, while walking through the hotel lobby on the eve of the festival I heard a familiar guitar sound. It was an unbilled guest appearance by Steve Khan playing...

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July/August 2003    Big Bands

Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
Duke Ellington

Among serious jazz listeners, Duke Ellington is considered the greatest musician of the 20th century, and conventional wisdom has it that his greatest work was recorded with his early 1940s orchestra featuring bassist Jimmy Blanton and tenor saxophonist...

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July/August 2003    Big Bands

At the Hurricane
Duke Ellington

Ellington's Blanton-Webster band was short-lived, as the bassist Jimmy Blanton passed away of tuberculosis at 23 in mid-1942. Ben Webster stayed on for a while longer, and he was one of the featured soloists when the Ellington Orchestra opened a six-month...

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July/August 2003    Big Bands

The Treasury Shows, Volume 7
Duke Ellington and his Orchestra

Toward the end of World War Two, Ellington and his orchestra were featured on a series of radio broadcasts designed to promote the sale of U.S. Treasury Bonds. These Treasury broadcasts, "Your Saturday Date With the Duke," were issued some years ago on vinyl...

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July/August 2003    Big Bands

Once Upon a Time
Earl Hines

Once Upon a Time (Impulse) is basically a 1966 Ellington date with Earl "Fatha" Hines at the piano and trumpeters Ray Nance, Cat Anderson, Bill Berry and Clark Terry; trombonists Lawrence Brown and Buster Cooper; saxophonists Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope...

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July/August 2003    Big Bands

Duke Ellington/Sacred Music
Aardvark Jazz Orchestra

For more than 30 years, trumpeter and composer Mark Harvey has led his Aardvark Jazz Orchestra in the Boston area. Their performances and recordings show they're not afraid to take chances, so it's intriguing to hear what they've done on Duke Ellington/Sacred...

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About Larry Appelbaum

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Larry Appelbaum is a Senior Music Reference Librarian and jazz specialist in the Music Division at the Library of Congress. He writes for various music magazines and websites around the world, curates a film series and hosts a jazz radio program for WPFW-FM in Washington DC.