12 Street Rag – The evolution of jazz in a single tune

Inspired by Chapter One (pgs. 28-34) of Texan Jazz by Dave Oliphant

Composer Euday Bowman (1915)
Born November 9, 1887, Fort Worth, Texas

Louis Armstrong – Recorded 1927

Benny Moten & His Kansas City Orchestra – Recorded 1927

Duke Ellington – 1931

Fats Waller – Recorded 1935

Count Basie with Lester Young – Recorded 1939

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Interview with Gilberto Valdés Zequeira – in his 90th year


Jazz on the Tube brought Gilberto (left) and his friend
David Amram together again in Havana after a 40 year absence

Interview with Gilberto Valdés Zequeira

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Gilberto Valdés Zequeira was born in Havana on August 16, 1928.

As a kid he listened to Chano Pozo’s rehearsals in the Colon neighborhood of Havana.

His vocal group had … Read more

Ronnie Burrage: Drummer, bandleader, producer, historian, educator, activist

Interview with Ronnie Burrage

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Who do call when you need a rock solid drummer?

Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Fortune, Doc Cheatham, Sir Rolland Hanna, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Chico Freeman, Hamiet Bluiett, and many others have all agreed: Ronnie Burrage.

In this call, we talk about Ronnie’s … Read more

Judy Carmichael – Jazz Inspired – Part Two

Interview with Judy Carmichael

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Part Two of our conversation with Judy Carmichael

Pianist, singer, song writer, author, producer – and host of the best jazz interview show on the radio (and the Internet): Jazz Inspired. Click here for more info about Judy Click here to listen to Judy’s Jazz Inspired interview with Alan Broadbent

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Randy Klein and Jazzheads.com

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What do you do if you’re a composer and can’t get your work recorded? (A very common scenario by the way)

You start your own record label of course and that’s exactly what composer/songwriter/educator Randy Klein did.

And the music world is a richer place because of it,

Among other gems, Jazzheads.com is the label for … Read more