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June 19, 2015 The baritone saxophonist performs many of his original compositions, including "Ontet" and "Good Neighbor Thelonious."
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Ella Fitzgerald: Putting all her Easter eggs in one basket.
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April 21, 2011 If being hopped up on baskets full of sugary springtime sweets doesn't put a spring in your step, then here are five songs to help you hop into the Easter spirit.
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September 10, 2010 Nominated for a 1995 Academy Award, Jean Bach's A Great Day in Harlem documented the gathering of 57 jazz greats on a Harlem front stoop for an Esquire magazine shoot in 1959. Bach remembers the legacy of this iconic image, including those who have appeared on Piano Jazz.
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A classic West Coast jazz quartet: saxophonist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Dodge, pianist Dave Brubeck, bassist Bob Bates.
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October 14, 2008 As opposed to the hard-bop sound dominant on the East Coast during the '50s, the West Coast sound was a bit mellower and more lyrical, with blended harmonies and more interest in composition and arrangement than improvisation. In these five songs, you'll hear all the definitive aspects of the West Coast jazz sound.
Gerry Mulligan in Marciac, France, Aug. 13, 1993.
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April 16, 2008 Arguably the most influential baritone saxophonist in jazz history, Mulligan developed the big horn into a solo instrument and helped engineer the sound that came to be known as "cool jazz."
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November 8, 2007 To many, autumn is the most pleasant season in which to visit New York: The sight of leaves turning colors and falling through Central Park is breathtaking. If you're daydreaming about New York, you'll need a soundtrack, courtesy of WDUQ.
August 1, 2001 By the time Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster recorded this album, they already had an established working relationship. For years, the two saxophonists had been playing in informal, private jam sessions in Los Angeles. The CD reissue of Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster has five bonus tracks.
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August 1, 2001 In 1963, Gerry Mulligan brought an outstanding sextet to the Nola Studios in New York City to create an album that paid homage to the bossa nova and samba craze. The result of their piano-less collaboration was Night Lights, summed up by jazz critic Murray Horwitz as an album in which "Poland meets Brazil."
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