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Greeks of Amherst: A Handful of Jazzfolk

Downbeat. The Pantheon. Animal House. Amherst. Doogie Howzer. What do these things have in common? Well, they’re all connected to that thing where I trawl Wikipedia to collect names of jazzmen and jazzwomen and put up another kooky post. Jazz. … Continue reading

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Norwegian Jazz Drummers from Hamre to Hulbækmo

We continue our alphabetical exploration of the Norwegian jazz scene, which started by chance but continues with plodding, mind-numbing deliberateness. But if you’re just joining us, don’t fall asleep just yet! We are on percussionists and the letter H, which turns … Continue reading

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Funny Jazz Bass Names from M to S: Fording the Fjord

We learn a lot of things at this joint. Things like, whoa, Norway totally dominates funny jazz bass names. At least for the first half of the alphabet. Now we’re here to see if it’s true for M-S. Place your … Continue reading

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Herman Poole Blount aka Sun Ra

As the centenary of his birth approaches (May 22, 1914), we honor Sun Ra, born Herman Poole Blount, legally named Le Sony’r Ra, and going also at various times by the names Le Sonra and Sonny Lee. That’s a lot … Continue reading

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Toots Thielemans

(Gulp.)  wdydfae here. I must start with a slavish thank you to the incomparable BoFN crew for asking me on! Well, OK, let’s be realistic about this. In fact, it was probably just Amb and Liz cornering Dave and pleading, … Continue reading

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