Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Bop: Clifford Jordan & John Gilmore “Blowing In From Chicago” (Blue Note)

By Devon Wendell There’s nothing quite like a gritty Chicago tenor saxophone battle, especially during the post war hard-bop era. By the mid ‘50s, Players like Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons, Von Freeman, and John Neely were blowing at each other with this insatiable hypo-manic bop that would make your head spin. What these men played… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Bop: Clifford Jordan & John Gilmore “Blowing In From Chicago” (Blue Note)

Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Dixieland Jazz: “Wild Bill Davison & The Jazz Giants” ( Sackville/Delmark)

By Devon Wendell Wild Bill Davison was a truly unique and brilliant cornet player. He was one of the bright stars from Eddie Condon’s band since the 1920s. His thick exaggerated vibrato and dynamic attack created a truly distinct sound. He could play soft and gentle one moment, and in the next one of his… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Dixieland Jazz: “Wild Bill Davison & The Jazz Giants” ( Sackville/Delmark)

Q & A: Don Lucoff — Jazz Media Expert and Managing Director of the Portland Jazz Festival

By Don Heckman Don Lucoff’s DL Media company has been one of the jazz world’s primary public relations and marketing consultants since 1988.  In addition to a more than two decade association with Blue Note, Lucoff has worked with virtually every major and independent record label as well as a stellar list of individual jazz… Read More Q & A: Don Lucoff — Jazz Media Expert and Managing Director of the Portland Jazz Festival