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Roger Humphries: Onstage With Horace Silver

Sunday, 16 February 2014 10:56 AM Written by

Drummer Roger Humphries, subject of an upcoming documentary film, chronicled in today's PG, by both Nate Guidry's video and Kevin Kirkland's story, celebrates another of the many Pittsburgh jazz luminaries who've left a worldwide impact. Roger notes the influence of Art Blakey on his playing, the man who taught him his famous "press roll," demonstrated in the video. Blakey, the Pittsburgh-born drummer who founded the Jazz Messengers, led a band that became a pillar of the Hard Bop movement in jazz and a virtual musical conservatory for generations of jazz greats, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis among them.

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The Beatles On American TV B.S. (Before Sullivan)

Thursday, 06 February 2014 06:51 AM Written by

Scott Mervis's piece on the Beatles got the correct order of the Beatles' coverage in the months prior to their first visit and Ed Sullivan Show appearances.  What you didn't see, however, were the videos themselves.  This is all of them, from the first, on November 18, till the Jack Paar segment on January 3, 1964.   Oh, when you're done with this check out the fantastic PG  Interactive Beatles Quiz.

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Fuzztone: Who Used It First?

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 06:31 AM Written by

In discussing the fuzztone sound for guitars and basses, a lot of claims are made by fans about how it all began. Everybody knows Keith Richards' used it on the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.  And of course Paul McCartney played "fuzz bass," using the same or similar tone-altering device as Keith, on tune "Think For Yourself" on Rubber Soul.   As noted so often on this blog, for various reasons, the truth is often not that simple.  I'll try to put it in a coherent order. 

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Roger Humphries & Horace Silver: Two Jazz Classics

Friday, 31 January 2014 12:41 PM Written by

Today, PG Movie Editor Barb Vancheri discussed the new documentary on the life of Pittsburgh Jazz Legend Roger Humphries, at 70, still active in the city of his birth.  This is the article.

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Seeger, Dylan and Newport 1965: Myth and Truth

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 06:12 AM Written by

One of the lasting myths regarding Pete Seeger involves his reaction to Bob Dylan's notorious "electric" appearance at the July, 1965 Newport Folk Festival. 

The Cliff Notes version is Dylan, whose latest album Bringing It All Back Home had upset many folk purists with its amplified accompaniment, performed at Newport on July 25 with amplified backing by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, who played the festival on their own. 

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A Well-Lived Life: Pete Seeger: 1919-2014

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 06:15 AM Written by

There will be ample of obituaries and elegiac biographies of Pete Seeger, who died yesterday at age 94. Happily he enjoyed considerable honors over the past decade, before and after his 90th birthday in 2009.  I'd rather let the music do the job. Here are some carefully selected clips with a bit of context.

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My Scorecard On The Grammys (Relevant Categories)

Monday, 27 January 2014 06:15 PM Written by

I must be slipping.  My choices for Grammy Awards usually don't pan out.  They didn't when I was a voting member of NARAS.  But funny thing. This time I nailed three of the five I called here.

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My Take on The Grammys (Relevant Categories)

Friday, 24 January 2014 06:12 AM Written by

I don't pay a hell of a lot of attention to the Grammys because while I think NARAS (disclosure: I'm a former voting member of the Nashville Chapter) is an organization with great value, I think the TV presentation is just one more boring, bloated awards extravaganza not unlike the CMA Awards, the Peoples' Choice Awards, the Emmys the Oscars and nearly all other BS awards shows.

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