Jazz secrets revealed

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Some essential gems of jazz history hidden in an obscure book I came across about about jazz in Kansas City

The book is built around dozens of great musicians who lived through its Golden Age telling the story…in their own words.

Some of the diamonds I uncovered:

* The essential differences between New Orleans, Chicago, and … Read more

Back to school – Re-visioning jazz education

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Monika Herzig, Vic Hobson, David Wright in conversation with Jazz on the Tube’s Ken McCarthy.

The inspiration for the conversation was Vic Hobson’s revelation that Louis Armstrong’s art was built on top of his experience as a street corner vocal quartet singer as documented in his book Creating the Jazz Solo.

It seems that all … Read more

Ornette’s boyhood career

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Within months of picking up the saxophone, Ornette was a working musicians in some of the scariest dives in Fort Worth, bringing home much needed money for his family whose father, a baseball player and singer, died when Ornette was seven.

We talk about this and other topics and read from A.B. Spellman’s classic: “Four Lives … Read more

The making of “Cortijo and His Time Machine” – Harvey Averne

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Produced by Coco Records in 1974

– Ken McCarthy
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Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Saxophonist Wardell Gray

Interview with Abraham Ravett

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Ken McCarthy’s Jazz on the Tube interviews filmmaker Abraham Ravett about his film “Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Tenor Saxophonist Wardell Gray.”

Tenor saxophone giant Wardell Gray was born February 13, 1921, in Oklahoma City. OK. He was a graduate of the Cass Technical High School, a Detroit school that also lists … Read more