Jess Stacy: Swing Pianist Extraordinaire, Often forgotten
Jess Stacy is well known for his momentous solo on “Sing, Sing, Sing” from Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall concert. But he seems to be a forgotten figure these days and unrightfully so. JazzWax shines a well deserved spotlight on the great Stacy.
Django Reinhardt’s Triumphant Visit to New York
Django Reinhardt’s visit to America in 1946 was big news and was touring mostly with the Ellington band. From jerryjazzmusician comes this collection of anecdotes from this legendary pairing.
The Mosaic Records Tumblr has been a real treasure trove lately!
Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson Together: Boogie Woogie Dream
Albert Ammons (the one with the dancing eyebrows) and Pete Johnson execute a killin’ duet on Boogie Woogie Dream, so named because it is from a dream sequence in this short film featuring Lena Horne. The pianistically easiest thing about boogie woogie is hardest element in execution. Check out how they lock into a tempo with their left hands and create a deep, solid groove over which they dance with their right hands. Talk about locking in the tempo….