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Benny Golson On Piano Jazz

Jun 24, 2016

Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson began studying piano as a child, but was soon seduced by the tenor-saxophone sounds he heard on jazz records. He gained recognition as a composer when he joined Dizzy Gillespie's big band, and he went on to form a hard-bop group called The Jazztet with trumpeter Art Farmer. Golson has devoted much of his time to jazz education and continues to record and tour regularly.

C.W. Stoneking On World Cafe

Jun 23, 2016

Blues singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking is touring the U.S. for the first time this summer, but he's been well known in Australia for over 20 years. His last record, Gon' Boogaloo, even earned him a ARIA Award (the Australian equivalent of a Grammy) for Best Blues and Roots Album.

Monty Alexander On Piano Jazz

Jun 17, 2016

Pianist Monty Alexander grew up in Kingston, Jamaica. His earliest musical experiences came from the folk and popular songs of his country, as well as from the calypso rhythms that originated from Trinidad. Alexander moved to Miami in 1961 and worked in clubs before moving in 1962 to New York City, where he performed at Minton's Playhouse.

Return Of The Jazz Harp

Jun 17, 2016

The harp may be one of the most ancient musical instruments, but it isn't particularly prominent in jazz. Despite the mid-century emergence of innovators Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane, the harp has remained on the fringe.

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