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Archive for December, 2014


BARNEY JOSEPHSON & CAFE SOCIETY FETED – A VENT

“CAFE SOCETY SWING” is the name of a revue-type show wrapped around a bio at 59E59 in Manhattan.  It stars, in reverse alphabetical order,  Charenee Wade, Allan Harris and Cyrille Aimée, vocals –Harris doubles on guitar– in front of a talent-laden jazz octet.  It’s center is one BARNEY JOSEPHSON and his clubs CAFE SOCIETY.  (That is not a typo; there were two, uptown and down.)  And there, dear readers, ends any similarity to this review and that which appeared in the New York Times.  In short, the Times got it wrong!

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BUDDY DeFRANCO : MAJOR CLARINET VOICE STILLED

Every major stop on the jazz trail had its instrument.  New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong and his cornet and trumpet.  Chicago, Bud Freeman and the tenor sax;  Kansas City, Jo Jones and the hi hat and brushes.  Then came the Swing Era.  The voice was Benny Goodman’s clarinet.  Soon every bandleader played one or featured sidemen who did.  Woody Herman had successful hits as he mastered the alto sax but switched to the clarinet.  Ditto Jimmy Dorsey.  Too simplistic?  Perhaps, but you get my point.

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EVENT-FILLED LAST QUARTER 0F 2014: LOST & FOUND

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SPATE OF MOVIES WITH JAZZ IN THEATERS AND ON TELEVISION

“KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON”

By now we’ve all heard of the movie “Keep On Keepin’ On” starring CLARK TERRY and a piano phenom named JUSTIN KAUFLIN.  Advisement:  Bring tissues, lots of ‘em.  Herewith a few others.

There’s one about overlooked bebop pianist JOE ALBANY entitled “Low Down,” a loving portrait by his daughter Amy.  And there’s another which features jazz called “Whiplash.”

There’s a further jazz connection in that “Low Down” is directed by Jeff Preiss who is the brother of jazz deejay (WKCR) and journalist Cliff.

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