Sarah Vaughan

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Jazz Unlimited for December 4, 2016 is “The Music of J.J. Johnson.” Trombonist J.J. Johnson was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He began piano lessons at the age of nine and started on trombone at 14. Initially, he played in big bands, making his recording debut with Benny Carter. Johnson was one of the first trombonists to master the intricate and highly technical bebop musical language. He played on the first Jazz At the Philharmonic Concert. In the 1950’s, he and fellow trombonist Kai...

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Jazz Unlimited for August 14, 2016 will be “The Career of Teddy Edwards.” Tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards would have been better known had he lived in New York. His 58-year playing career was mostly in the Los Angeles area. He was a soloist with his own groups, the big bands of Gerald Wilson, Onzy Matthews and Joe Castro and worked in studios. In addition to the above, he will be heard with his own quartet and tentette, Howard McGhee, Dexter Gordon, Helen Humes, Benny Carter, Frank Butler,...

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, May 1, 2016 will be “The Career of Jimmy Cobb.” Best known for his associations with Miles Davis and the Wynton Kelly Trio, drummer Jimmy Cobb is now 87 and still going strong. He was born in Washington D.C. in 1929 and was first heard in 1948 with Dinah Washington and Dizzy Gillespie. We will hear selections from his career that span the years from 1954 to 2014 with Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley, Dinah Washington, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Bobby Timmons, Wes...

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, August 16 will be “The Career of Ray Brown.” Oscar Peterson introduced him as “The Relentless Ray Brown.” He was born in Pittsburgh in 1926 and began piano lessons at age eight. When he got to high school, he began playing bass with Jimmy Blanton as his major influence. He went to New York in at the age of 20. He was soon invited to a rehearsal and the musicians there included Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Al Haig and Max Roach. Dizzy hired him on the spot and...

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Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, July 26 will be “The Norman Granz Labels-Part 2.” Entrepreneur-Promoter Norman Granz founded the Clef, Norgran,Verve and Pablo record labels. After Granz sold Verve, the label has become a powerhouse, recording many styles of jazz with such artists as Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Ventura, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan, Zoot Sims, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges, Charlie Haden, Gil Evans, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others. The Slide Show...

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The Sunday, March 29 Jazz Unlimited show is “Jazz Giants for March and April.” These musicians are the ones who have changed the way we listen to jazz. They have set the styles. These musicians include Bix Beiderbecke, Harry Carney, Lionel Hampton, Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Carmen McRae, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Larry Coryell, Thad Jones, Charles Mingus, Pee Wee Russell, Johnny Griffin, Red Norvo, Sarah Vaughan, Randy Weston, Billie Holiday, Jim Hall, George Adams, Paul...

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On the March 31 Jazz Unlimited show, we will present jazz giants born in March and April. Some of the artists include Bix Beiderbecke, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton, Sarah Vaughan, Nat "King" Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Pee Wee Russell, Carmen McRae and Michael Brecker. Check out my photos of Michael Brecker, Brad Mehldau and John Pattitucci on the slide show. Here is a video of Lionel Hampton (introduced by Patti Page) playing "Flying Home" in 1957.