July 12, 2010 The sweltering East Coast heat wave had us thinking about all things hot — and not much else. When the temperature is unrelentingly oppressive, sitting around with an iced beverage in hand and music in the background is as pleasant a way to pass the time as you can find.
October 19, 2009 There are thousands of apple varieties — even a new breed called "Jazz." Much like the music that lends its name to this autumn delight, Jazz is a hybrid. The time is ripe for planning that apple-picking day trip, so get the caramel ready for five crisp, fleshy jazz tunes related to a certain favorite fall fruit.
In 1924, Fletcher Henderson hired a young trumpeter who reinvented his band's rhythmic concept. His name was Louis Armstrong.
December 19, 2007 During his orchestra's heyday, Henderson pioneered musical ideas which are now taken for granted. Today, the bandleader, arranger and pianist remains one of the most influential (and yet least-known) masters of jazz.
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August 1, 2001 Fletcher Henderson and saxophonist Don Redman invented a mechanism for ensemble playing that fueled the initial swing craze. Henderson's innovative style is apparent on Ken Burns Jazz: Fletcher Henderson, which spotlights his achievements from 1924-1940.
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