Tag Archives: jazz

A blind Englishman playing cool piano jazz – George Shearing

George Shearing died a week ago, and for reasons I don’t really understand, the mainstream media just barely noticed. I listened, read, and wondered. There were a few obituaries. Just not very many for a man who’s been so central

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Libby Holman, the first torch singer

I’d heard the name, but I’d never had occasion to look for Libby Holman on-line or anywhere else. But the next essay after Ned Rorem’s essay on Josephine Baker was about Libby Holman. The same Libby Holman I found in

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When and why Alberta Hunter lied about her age

And sometimes lying is just the thing!

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There has never been anyone like Josephine Baker.

Another biography in our collection of remarkable African-American women entertainers.

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Gustav Mahler and Bricktop

Such riches! and such variety. Gustav Mahler and Bricktop.

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The Art of Less-is-More: Marian McPartland

What can her life tell us about art and artists? That they are indeed, obsessed. In the case of Marian McPartland, joyously.

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An adventure in jazz

I think I’ve heard the name of Lee Konitz for as long as I’ve been aware that there was jazz in the world. I wish I knew more about the music and the man. I do know he’s 82 and

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Sculpture and a jazz piano

All about two old women and what they accomplished.

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