Jazz fans from all over flocked to Ellington’s performances in huge numbers, and he gained popular recognition for his compositions that came through the years ahead. Bix Beiderbecke: Beiderbecke was a pioneer in bringing about the jazz ballad genre, and his takes on ‘Singin The Blues’ and ‘I’m Coming Virginia’ were received well all over. He recorded his first song with The Wolverines in 1924, and went on to join and tour widely with Frankie Trumbauer. Both later joined Jean Goldkette Orchestra in 1926. The duo also went ahead to join the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in New York. Beiderbecke’s performance on radio broadcasts got him recognition nationally.
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Talented jazz trio promise exciting gig
I think thats defining the quality of his art. Some critics dubbed his groups sound chamber jazz for its classical overtones and its carefully wrought compositions, most by Mr. Hamilton. Key members of the group included Buddy Collette (and later Paul Horn) on flute, John Pisano on guitar, Carson Smith on bass and cellist Fred Katz, who died in September. Mr. Hamilton and his quintet recorded many albums and were featured in the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success , a drama starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis about a malicious gossip columnist and a toadying press agent.
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Chico Hamilton, jazz drummer and composer, dies at 92
“His amazing technique, ability to anticipate, listen for subtle cues and memory like a tape recorder enables him to breeze through standard jazz tunes. He is also a talented musician on keyboard, bass, and any other instrument he picks up.” Sagen will “turn down” just about any other offer to play music with Randall. No stranger to the Taranaki jazz scene, American-born Sagen is much admired for his keyboard virtuosity. Taught to play piano by his jazz musician grandparents in the United States as a 16-year-old, he won the Piano Chair at the Monterey Jazz Festival. This led to an appearance playing with the legendary jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie’s band. An accomplished composer, Sagen has played in America, Japan and Europe. Eight years ago he and his wife Mary “fell in love” with New Plymouth, where they operate a software and design business.
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