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Anthony Weller + Herb Pomeroy

Boston trumpeter and educator Herb Pomeroy (above) was known largely for his big band work as a leader and sideman. But in the early 2000s, Pomeroy led a gorgeous, romantic working trio consisting of Pomeroy on trumpet, Anthony Weller on guitar and David Landoni on bass. The group recorded three albums—two live and one in the studio. Live At Cafe Beaujolais in Gloucester, Mass., was their first in 1999, followed by Aluminum Baby recorded in Boston in 2003 and then Live at 75 Chestnut in Boston ...
Tags: Florida, Boston, Flower, Herb, David, Harvard, South Africa, Jazz, Gloucester, Wall Street Journal, Stella, Anthony, New England, Beaujolais, Thomas, Chet Baker


Best cocktail bars in Denver

Denver is a wonderful city to visit for many reasons. It’s beautiful, it has some of the best recreational cannabis dispensaries in the US, and it has an excellent restaurant and bar scene. Over the past few years, it’s also become a destination-worthy cocktail city. Along with classic bars that have been around since Prohibition, it seems like a new cocktail haunt is opening every other week in Denver. The city’s cocktail community is tightly knit, and it’s clear that there is a lot of suppo...
Tags: Travel, California, US, America, Manhattan, Cocktails, Denver, Churchill, All, Chet Baker, Bacardi, Denver Colorado, Mile High City, Ellie, LoDo, Oxford Hotel


Alan Broadbent: New York Notes

I began paying attention to pianist-arranger Alan Broadbent in 1973, when Woody Herman's Giant Steps came out. It was my senior year in high school, and the wife of the band's drummer, Ed Soph, was one of my teachers. I wasn't much of a student during high school until my last year, when I began acing everything. I have no idea what motivated the turnaround. Perhaps the editorship of the high school newspaper straightened me out. Or maybe it was the new batch of young teachers who were less for...
Tags: New York, Jazz, Miles Davis, Alan, Chet Baker, Herman, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Dandy, Lennie Tristano, Woody Herman, Marc Myers, Tristano, Sonny Stitt, Harvie, Alan Broadbent


Billy VerPlanck: Playgirls Jazz

Arranger-trombonist Billy VerPlanck's real first name was John. He called himself Billy after hearing Woody Herman's trombonist Bill Harris in the 1940s. VerPlanck was in Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra in 1952, and with Claude Thornhill from 1953 to 1955. Then he played with Charlie Spivak, where he met his future wife, Marlene, the band's singer. They both moved to Tommy Dorsey's band for seven months in '56. When Dorsey died in November, Billy re-joined Jimmy Dorsey's band and wound up on his So Ra...
Tags: Playboy, Jazz, Woods, Dorsey, Billy, Chet Baker, HARRIS, Allen, Powell, Savoy, Charlie Parker, Tommy Dorsey, John He, Marlene, Phil Woods, Horace Silver


AmaWaterways: 2019 Smooth Jazz Christmas Markets River Cruise

HOLIDAY JAZZ CRUISE FEATURING JAZZ TRUMPETER RICK BRAUN Join AmaWaterways on December 13, 2019, for a swingin’ Magical Christmas Markets cruise! Discover the magic of the season with AmaWaterways aboard AmaSonata during a special holiday jazz cruise featuring smooth jazz trumpeter and producer Rick Braun! Enjoy four exclusive Rick Braun Unplugged performances as you sail for 7 nights along the Danube River from Vienna, Austria to Nuremberg, Germany, exploring Europe’s spectacular Christmas mark...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, Blog, Miles Davis, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Rod Stewart, Chet Baker, Vienna Austria, Danube River, Rick, Nuremberg Germany, Clifford Brown, Freddie Hubbard, AmaWaterways


Birth of the West Coast Cool

In late 1949 and '50, the Miles Davis Nonet recorded 12 songs in New York that were arranged by Davis, Gil Evans, John Carisi, John Lewis and Gerry Mulligan. The music was unusual in that it seemed to apply the relaxed feel of the Claude Thornhill Orchestra to bebop. Of the dozen songs recorded in January 1949, April 1949 and March 1950, only six were released by Capitol in the 78rpm era. Jeru and Godchild were paired, along with Move and Budo from the January 1949 session; and Israel and Bop...
Tags: New York, Israel, Los Angeles, Davis, Jazz, Miles Davis, West Coast, Columbia, Columbia Records, Chet Baker, Capitol, Mulligan, Pete Rugolo, Venus de Milo, Gerry Mulligan, Haig


Stockholm Trailer: Witness the Hostage Situation That Shocked the World

Stockholm trailer: Witness the hostage situation that shocked the world The official trailer for writer-director Robert Budreau’s forthcoming crime drama Stockholm has been released (via Entertainment Weekly), highlighting the bizarre bank robbery and hostage situation that happened in Sweden. Starring Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke as Lars Nystrom, Mark Strong as Gunnar Sorensson and Noomi Rapace as Bianca Lind, you can check out the video below. RELATED: Close Trailer: Noomi Rapace Must...
Tags: Movies, Sweden, Ethan Hawke, Jason Blum, Mark Strong, Stockholm, Robert, Chet Baker, Hawke, Ethan, ComingSoon, Movie News, Billy Batson, Sierra Affinity, Robert Budreau, Noomi Rapace


Bob Freedman (1934-2018)

Robert M. Freedman, a jazz pianist, saxophonist and Grammy-winning arranger who orchestrated for artists ranging from Sarah Vaughan and Harry Belefonte to Maynard Ferguson and Paul Simon, and scored theme music for TV shows, including ABC's Monday Night Football, died on Dec. 22, 2018. He was 84. Bob was a long-time JazzWax reader and an avid email correspondent, particularly whenever I posted on Ferguson or Pomeroy. I was informed late last year that Bob might have passed away, a fact I relaye...
Tags: Abc, Boston, Paul Simon, Arizona, Broadway, Army, Jazz, Ferguson, Bob, Quincy Jones, Chet Baker, Cranston, Berry, Newport, Scottsdale Ariz, Mount Vernon


Bob Freedman (1934-2019)

Robert M. Freedman, a jazz pianist, saxophonist and Grammy-winning arranger who orchestrated for artists ranging from Sarah Vaughan and Harry Belefonte to Maynard Ferguson and Paul Simon, and scored theme music for TV shows including ABC's Monday Night Football, died on Dec. 22, 2018. He was 94. Bob was a long-time JazzWax reader  and an avid email correspondent, especially when I posted on Ferguson or Pomeroy. I was informed late last year that Bob might have passed away, a fact I relayed to Bi...
Tags: Abc, Boston, Paul Simon, Arizona, Broadway, Army, Jazz, Ferguson, Bob, Quincy Jones, Chet Baker, Cranston, Berry, Newport, Scottsdale Ariz, Tate


Let's Talk About Sex, Baby: Every Trick You Need To Seduce Someone With A Playlist

A woman goes home with a man. She looks around his bachelor pad, taking in his wall art: Klimt, Lichtenstein, and an Arcade Fire concert poster — clearly, he contains multitudes. While she's making the rounds of his black-leathered pad, he slips over to his record player (no matter what year it is, he has a record player, because he is “smooth”) and drops that needle. The dulcet sounds of Lana Del Rey’s “Cherry” start to pipe through the apartment. Or maybe it's Chet Baker’s “I Fall In Love Too...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Lana Del Rey, Beyonce, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Britney Spears, Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, David Byrne, Janet Jackson, Frank Ocean, Chet Baker, Jagger, Khia


Don, Oscar and Aretha

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Don Chadwick, co-designer of the Aeron chair, for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). The ergonomic Aeron was first introduced in the late 1990s. Instead of upholstery, the chair's seat and back are constructed of a tightly woven two-way suspension system. It feels like you're sitting in a taut net. Don started out as a kid building model planes.  Here's Don on the Aeron... SiriusXM. If you missed me on SiriusXM'...
Tags: Japan, New York, Aretha Franklin, House, Smokey Robinson, Jazz, Miles Davis, Mansion, Wall Street Journal, Baker, Kenton, Chet Baker, Don, Charlie Parker, Smokey, Kenny Rogers


Chet Baker: '60s, '70s & '80s

The last day of the year always feels exhilarating and melancholy. Exhilarating, because we're on the threshold of a new year fresh with promise and hope. Melancholy, because another year is sliding from the present to the past, becoming a memory rather than a real-time experience. It's a day of sighs. The horn that sounds most to me like December 31st is Chet Baker's. It's innocent and melodic but there's enomrous sadness in there, too. Chet Baker died in 1988. Here are five videos of Baker i...
Tags: London, Sweden, Belgium, Jazz, Tokyo, Elvis Costello, Baker, Stockholm, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Marc Myers, Ronnie Scott, Victor Lewis, Rene Urtreger, Franco Manzecchi, Jim McNeely


Burt, Otis and Lenny

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Burt Ward for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). If the name doesn't ring a bell, Burt played Robin on TV's Batman series in the 1960s. Burt talked about growing up in Beverly Hills, his father's touring ice show and how he wound up auditioning and winning the Boy Wonder roll. The show remains one of the most intelligent sitcoms of the decade—delightfully sophisticated and sophomoric. I did ask Burt how they filmed the...
Tags: Youtube, Pennsylvania, Netherlands, Beverly Hills, Jazz, Npr, Mansion, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Robin, Chet Baker, Frankie, Bruce, Barrett, Milan Italy, Lenny


Burt, Otis and Lenny

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Burt Ward for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). If the name doesn't ring a bell, Burt played Robin on TV's Batman series in the 1960s. Burt talked about growing up in Beverly Hills, his father's touring ice show and how Burt wound up auditioning and winning the Boy Wonder roll. The show remains one of the most intelligent sitcoms of the decade—both delightfully sophisticated and sophomoric. I did ask Burt how they fi...
Tags: Youtube, Pennsylvania, Netherlands, Beverly Hills, Jazz, Npr, Mansion, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Robin, Chet Baker, Philly, Frankie, Bruce, Barrett, Milan Italy


Roger, Bobbie and Buddy

In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Roger McGuinn, co-founder of the Byrds and a folk-rock pioneer, for my "House Call" column in the Mansion section (go here). Roger talked about moving around the country as a child during his parents' book tour in the late 1940s, only to wind up in Chicago on a bike hearing Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel. That moment sparked his interest in music and guitars. Here are the Byrds in 1965 playing Turn, Turn, Turn, with Roger wearing the gran...
Tags: New York, Nbc, Mississippi, Washington, Chicago, House, Jazz, Elvis Presley, Mansion, St Louis, Wall Street Journal, WSJ, Lucky, Bobbie Gentry, Peter, Chet Baker


Hot Track: I Talk to the Trees

In an effort to capitalize on Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Lowe's Broadway winning streak in the 1950s, Orrin Keepnews of Riverside Records produced an album in July 1959 of Chet Baker playing their songs. Aptly titled Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Lowe, the album featured the lyrical trumpeter accompanied by some of the prettiest jazz players in New York. On I Talk to the Trees, from Paint Your Wagon (1951), Baker was teamed with Herbie Mann (fl) Zoot Sims (ts), Pepper Adams (bar),...
Tags: New York, Broadway, Jazz, Evans, Baker, Jarvis, Chet Baker, Adams, Lowe, Sims, Mann, Bill Evans, Lerner, Herbie Mann, Alan Jay Lerner, Orrin Keepnews


Tony Fruscella: Lost Trumpet

Tony Fruscella is among the least known trumpeters of the cool jazz movement. His dry tone sits somewhere on a sliding scale between Miles Davis and Chet Baker, with touches of Art Farmer. Yet Fruscella's sound was plenty distinct. With Fruscella, there were no piercing or bent notes or a fleshy romanticism. His improvised lines were highly melodic but his tone was introspective and dry, like fine sand. When you listen to him, you hear a horn expressing nocturnal introspection free of flash or ...
Tags: New York, Atlantic, New Jersey, Broadway, Jazz, Miles Davis, Mitchell, Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Birdland, Ridgewood High School, Bill Crow, Phil Woods, Marc Myers, Phil Urso, Gene Allen


COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS: PETRA VAN NUIS and DENNIS LUXION, “BECAUSE WE’RE NIGHT PEOPLE”

Hearing the fine singer Petra van Nuis make music is always a pleasure: her delicate, incisive way inside the songs reveals new shadings and gleams.  For those of us who don’t get to Chicago, here’s good news — a new … Continue reading →
Tags: Chicago, Bliss, Jazz, Chet Baker, Andy Brown, Generosities, It's All True, The Heroes Among Us, The Real Thing, The Things We Love, Jazz Lives, Michael Steinman, Ruby Braff, Ellis Larkins, Pay Attention, That Was Fun


Tomasz Stańko obituary

Trumpeter who created a unique jazz alchemy from a mix of artistic genresThe trumpeter and composer Tomasz Stańko, who has died aged 76, was an artist of genre-spanning vision and imagination who was a key figure of Polish jazz in the 1960s, and over the ensuing decades came to occupy a unique place on the world stage with his alchemies of modern American jazz, east European folk and contemporary-classical music. He took inspiration from poetry, literature, philosophy and visual art, bonded by w...
Tags: Europe, Music, World news, New York Times, Poland, Jazz, Chet Baker, Stanko, Tomasz Stanko, Miles Davis Don Cherry


Django Festival Allstars

One of the best kept secrets in jazz is the Django Festival Allstars. Formed in 2002, they recapture the joyous and nostalgic sound of gypsy jazz made popular in Paris by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappeli just before World War II. It's infectious music, and once you hear it, you get caught up in the bounce and conversational quality of the instrumental exchanges. [Photo above of the Django Festival Allstars courtesy of Pat Philips Stratta] The Allstars perform worldwide, but next week they...
Tags: New York, France, Paris, New Orleans, Jazz, Pat, Chet Baker, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Birdland, Django Reinhardt, Django, Hot Club, Michel Legrand, Dorado Schmitt, Marc Myers


A Week In Niigata, Japan, On A $32,780 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: an assistant language teacher who makes $32,780 per year and spends some of her money this week on aloe yogurt-flavored gummy candies. Editor's note: All prices have been converted to U.S. dollars.Occupation: Assistant Language TeacherIndustry: Educat...
Tags: Spotify, Fashion, Music, Japan, Boston, New York City, America, Thailand, Cambodia, Silicon Valley, Starbucks, Vancouver, Public Enemy, Avengers, Coke, Chet Baker


Top Stories From AJBlogs For The Weekend Of 05.13.18

Recent Listening In Brief: Hersch, Davis-Coltrane & Hamilton Fred Hersch Trio, Live In Europe (Palmetto) Hersch opens his new trio album with Thelonious Monk’s “We See” and closes it with an unaccompanied performance of “Blue Monk.” A longtime source of ...  read more AJBlog: RiffTides Published 2018-05-12 Fragile fool A friend of mine has just discovered the music of Chet Baker, about whom I wrote sixteen years ago in  The Wall Street Journal . Since that piece, a review of James Gavin’s  ...
Tags: Art, Thelonious Monk, Times, Ajblogs, Chet Baker, James Gavin, Kyle Abraham, Kyle Abraham Abraham, 05.13.18, Marcella Lewis, Keerati Jinakunwiphat, Ian Douglas Kyle Abraham


Discover the Retirement Home for Elderly Musicians Created by Giuseppe Verdi: Created in 1899, It Still Lives On Today

Among my works, the one I like best is the Home that I have had built in Milan for accommodating old singers not favored by fortune, or who, when they were young did not possess the virtue of saving. Poor and dear companions of my life!  —Giuseppe Verdi Is there a remedy for the isolation of old age? What about the jolly fraternity and competitiveness of an art college dorm, as envisioned by opera composer Giuseppe Verdi? Shortly before his death, the composer donated all royalties from ...
Tags: Google, Music, Milan, College, Life, New York Times, Dustin Hoffman, Royal Opera House, Financial Times, Verdi, Chet Baker, Facebook Twitter, Giuseppe Verdi, Metropolitan Opera, Maria Callas, Nadia Boulanger


How I Learned to Love Jazz ...A guest post by Frank A. Salamone

Golden Grill, Lake Avenue, Charlotte I must have been about 10 or 11 when I first caught the jazz bug. I had heard jazz on the radio, of course. It was still the 1940s and jazz and jazz-influenced music was still on the air. You could hear Gerry Mulligan, for example, on an afternoon music show Gerry and Chet Baker might be squeezed in between Frank Sinatra and Doris Day but they were heard as part of the music scene. But I had no idea that there was a whole genre of music called jazz. Howe...
Tags: Jazz, Rochester, Frank Sinatra, Charlotte, Chet Baker, Jake, Greg, Gerry, Gerry Mulligan, Doris Day, Greg Bell, Jazz History, Other Voices, Frank A Salamone, Golden Grill Lake Avenue Charlotte, Golden Grill


This Week's Interesting Music Releases - February 9, 2018

Alela Diane's Cusp, Joan as Police Woman's Damned Devotion, Son Lux's Brighter Wounds, and Black Panther: The Album are the albums I have heard and can recommend this week. Reissues include remastered vinyl editions of three Ramones albums: their self-titled album, Leaving Home, and Rocket to Russia. Archival releases include a Prince covers album. This week's interesting music releases: Alela Diane: Cusp The Atlas Moth: Coma Noir Bear McCreary: Outlander: Season 3 Soundtrack Brian Fall...
Tags: Europe, Music, Russia, San Francisco, Spain, David, Liverpool, Richard Thompson, David Lynch, Nina Simone, Ringo Starr, Ringo, Joan, David Duchovny, Franz Ferdinand, Chet Baker


Entering the Unknown with Film Composer Jon Brion

"Even when I don't like something initially these days, I usually let it sit with me for awhile, 'cos, ya know, film is by its very nature a multimedia event, meaning you're taking in a lot of stuff," muses composer Jon Brion. "There's a lot of things that can throw you. You can not like the style of the thing. You can not like the manner that somebody has -- the director or the writer or a particular performer. "Or a movie can even be mixed in a way where it's assaultive," he conti...
Tags: Music, Interview, Kanye West, Soundtrack, John Malkovich, Catholic, Greta Gerwig, Justin Timberlake, Judd Apatow, Frank Ocean, Chet Baker, Dave Matthews Band, John C Reilly, Greta, Jon Brion, Lady Bird


Album Review: Carey Frank, “Something to Remember Him By”

Ye gods, this is GOOD.  Like “mega-good”.  The moment the album started playing, I thought I was wrong and that this was an old Jimmy Smith album – A New Star, A New Sound Volume 2, perhaps – but that’s impossible since I know that album six ways to Sunday.  No, this astounding piece of work is courtesy of Carey Frank, who has been serving as the touring keyboardist in the Tedeschi Trucks band as of late.  Mr. Frank delivers here, with guitarist Bruce Forman, a devastating set of standards that...
Tags: Music, Jazz, Rob Ross, Album Reviews, Frank, Hammond, Chet Baker, Jimmy Smith, Los Angeles CA, Ye, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Forman, Tedeschi Trucks, Hammond Organ, Carey Frank, Bruce Forman


Leo Richardson: The Chase

News this week that Britain's Prince Harry's will marry American actress Meghan Markle in May isn't the only good word about British-American relations. Yesterday, I listened to British tenor saxophonist Leo Richardson's new album. It pays tribute to American hard bop. I'm happy to report that the musical coupling is a perfect match. Released on Britain's Ubuntu label, Richardson's The Chase is loaded with hard-charging blowing. On the album, Richardson is joined by pianist Rick Simpson, bassi...
Tags: London, Britain, Jazz, Harry, Art Blakey, Ubuntu, Collins, Joe, Henderson, Chet Baker, Coltrane, Richardson, Richards, Hubbard, Dexter Gordon, Ed Richardson


Chet Baker: Limelight Sessions

In January 1964, trumpeter Chet Baker was arrested at the Blue Note in Berlin. Earlier, at a local pharmacy, he had foolishly tried to fill prescriptions for Jetrium from two different doctors—a sign of abuse or hoarding with an intent to sell. More commonly known as dextromoramide , Jetrium was a powerful opioid analgesic about three times as potent as morphine. After his arrest, Baker was confined to a sanitarium for just over a month. Rather than jail him the way the Italians had years ear...
Tags: New York, Berlin, Frankfurt, Jazz, Herbie Hancock, States, Baker, Jfk Airport, Chet Baker, Pamela, Newport Jazz Festival, James Gavin, Michael Fleming, Halper, Smalls, Marc Myers


Kenny Burrell: Freedom

In March 1963, guitarist Kenny Burrell was at Rudy Van Gelder's studio in New Jersey to record singles for Blue Note or songs for an album. For whatever reason, the musicians on the date only could manage to get through three songs, with each one requiring a high number of takes. Burrell returned to Van Gelder's studio in October 1964 to record five songs with a completely different group. Here again, a sizable number of takes were needed on most tracks. Long story short, the material wasn't di...
Tags: Japan, New Jersey, Jazz, Herbie Hancock, States, Bash, Chet Baker, Capitol, Burrell, Rudy Van Gelder, Kenny Burrell, Milt Hinton, Burell, Bill English, Marc Myers, Hank Jones