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The news that Pittsburgh jazz icon Erroll Garner's professional archives have been donated to the University of Pittsburgh's Library System, thanks to the estate of his Pittsburgh-born manager, the late Martha Glaser, is welcome in the extreme.  So is the upcoming September 18th release of a revised and expanded 60th Anniversary Edition of his landmark 1955 Columbia album Concert By The Sea, with notes by, among others, Pitt Jazz Program Director Geri Allen, who co-produced the collection with Steve Rosenthal.  The three-disc edition will include the complete concert, a new version of the edited (originally released) show and interviews done right after the Carmel show with Garner and his sidemen.

It more than justifies this revised re-post of the "Pittsburgh Jazz Legends 8: Erroll Garner" entry that first ran on this blog back in 2012.

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RIP To Two Masters: Ornette Coleman, Jim Ed Brown

Friday, 12 June 2015 06:34 AM Written by

In the past 24 hours, two masters, one in jazz, the other in country, died, both acclaimed and not that far apart in age. This is by no means a definitive overview of their work, but just a brief survey.

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 My take on Kurt Elling's just-released album.  Elling wil be at the "Celebration Of Jazz" at Heinz Hall wiht Ramsey Lewis and Sean Jones on June 16.t


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The Weavers' Ronnie Gilbert: Singer-Actor-Activist

Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:56 AM Written by


Singer-actress Ronnie Gilbert died four days ago in Mill Valley, Californa at age 88. Her passing received ample notice because of her role as vocalist and social activist, most notably as a member of the folk quartet the Weavers, consisting of herself, Pete Seeger, Fred Hellerman and Lee Hays. Hellerman is the last surviving member of the original group.

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Colbert's New Bandleader Jon Batiste: A Sampler

Friday, 05 June 2015 06:36 AM Written by


Stephen Colbert isn't fooling around. It's no surprise he's helping gin up buzz prior to the start of the September 8 debut of CBS's The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. It seems he isn't fooling around when it comes to picking a bandleader. The choice: the celebrated New Orleans musician Jon Batiste.

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Review: Little Richard Reissued

Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:06 AM Written by

 I will never forget seeing Little Richard as the headliner at the Syria Mosque on the cold evening of January 17, 1971.

Little Richard

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My review of the new Willie Nelson-Merle Haggard collaboration, released today.

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A Bro-Country Antidote: Mo Pitney

Monday, 01 June 2015 06:39 AM Written by

Saturday night's Chesney-Church-Gilbert concert is history, with fewer logistical issues than before. For those who've OD'ed on that and other  contemporary country fare (exclude Church--I consider him his own man), I give you a new voice, one that will hopefully gain some traction in the very near future.

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