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Amoeba SF Acquires Over 600 Vintage Jazz Magazines

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, August 29, 2016 08:02pm | Post a Comment

Jazz Review, Vintage magazinesAmoeba Music SF recently acquired over 600 vintage Jazz magazines, spanning from the late 1940s to the early 1990s! Titles include Down Beat, Metronome, Jazz Review, Jazz Journal (UK), CODA (Canada), and more. These issues are in great shape and you have to see them to believe them. Beautiful photography and design in both color and black & white grace the covers of these collectible time capsules of the Jazz scene. Come down to Amoeba SF and check them out in both the Magazines/Books section and in the glass collectors' case in the Jazz section.

Of particular note, we've got a complete run of Jazz Review (1958-1961), the monthly magazine started by Nat Hentoff, Hsio Wen Shih, and Martin Williams in New York, which features essays, articles, and reviews by Jazz musicians as well as by other notables such as LeRoi Jones and Harvey Pekar. We've also got pristine issues of CODA, the Canadian publication that featured less-mainstream artists than Down Beat (we've got Down Beat too from the late 1940s through the 1970s). Check out the complete volumes of Jazz Journal, which was like a British version of Down Beat that focused mainly on Blues and Jazz musicians. These are fascinating artifacts as they feature rarely seen photos of American musicians taken on tour in the UK and Europe, plus articles and photography by Paul Oliver and Valerie Wilmer, among others.

Metronome Magazine

 

Toots Thielemans [1923 - 2016]

Posted by Billyjam, August 22, 2016 08:00pm | Post a Comment

Earlier today 94 year old jazz harmonica artist Toots Thielmans died. Reportedly the Belgian born passed peacefully in his Belgian hospital bed where he'd been since last month with a shoulder injury following a fall. "Toots" was born Jean-Baptiste Frederic Isidore Thielemans in 1923 in Belgium. He arrived in America in 1952  joining Charlie Parker's All Star band. In the years since he would collaborate with such artists as Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Quincy Jones called Toots Thielemans "one of the greatest musicians of our time."

To many Toots will forever be remembered as the harmonica player on his Sesame Street theme (audio below). There is much more including such scores as "Midnight Cowboy," "Sugarland Express," and ''The Getaway," A passionate lifelong musician he was performing up until just a couple of years ago. The aptly named Toots 90 video below of him & ensemble doing John Barry's "Midnight Cowboy" is from only four years ago when he was already 90 years of age. Next month in the Belgium town of La `Hulpe, that he grew up in, a jazz festival in his name has been long planned.  

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21 Essential New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

Posted by Amoebite, February 8, 2016 04:01pm | Post a Comment

21 Essentisl New Orleans Records for Fat Tuesday

If you are just dipping your toe into the mighty muddy Mississippi-sludge sounds of New Orleans music, here is a list to get your mojo workin', courtesy of members of the Amoeba family who are lifelong New Orleans music fanatics.

KAREN: The New Orleans sound is that rare gumbo of musical complements: a meaty stew of blues, R&B, jazz, African rhythms, Cuban, French, country Cajun, hip hop and so much more. But what defines New Orleans music? That is the unanswerable question. You can say it's this or it's that — it's the syncopation or the bass or the raw, funky rhythm. But really it's the soul of the music — the undefinable "Get Down" or "Get On Up." This is the music that carries your soul down the block on a second-line funeral procession — and gets your feet dancing in a musky club on Frenchman Street. It is playful. Funky. Deep and swampy. Raw and dirty. Mournful. Plaintive. And everything in between. It isn't defined by a drum beat. Or maybe it is. You've just got to listen for yourself.

Here are my top picks for records you need to own. Essential New Orleans listening, in no particular order. This is my own Dirty Dozen:

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The Wild Tchoupitoulas - The Wild Tchoupitoulas

The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center, December 20

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, November 29, 2015 06:06pm | Post a Comment

The Klezmatics at SFJAZZ Center

Amoeba sponsors two shows with GRAMMY-winning Jewish klezmer superstars The Klezmatics at the SFJAZZ Center on Sunday, December 20th. Making their SFJAZZ Center debut just after the Festival of Light, The Klezmatics will perform seasonal music from their 2006 album Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah, which sets lyrics by the late Woody Guthrie to their delightful original compositions.

Formed in the New York’s East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics led the resurgence of the nearly-forgotten klezmer tradition and contemporized it with an irreverent dose of punk rock attitude, and since their inception, have been one of most visible faces of today’s Yiddish culture. Enduring a number of personnel changes over the past two decades, the band has revolved around original members Lorin Sklamberg on lead vocals and accordion, trumpeter/keyboardist Frank London, and bassist Paul Morrissett. They have collaborated with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, Pulitzer prize winner Tony Kushner, and Israeli vocalist Chava Alberstein, and have released eleven diverse albums including the GRAMMY-winning Wonder Wheel, their first session that set previously unused Woody Guthrie lyrics to their own original material. The group’s most recent release is 2011’s historic document Live at Town Hall and the concurrently released documentary film The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground

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Thousands of Louis Armstrong Exclusive Remastered Downloads Hit Amoeba's Vinyl Vaults

Posted by Amoebite, November 18, 2015 05:34pm | Post a Comment

louis armstrongAmoeba Music has painstakingly remastered thousands of tracks from jazz genius Louis Armstrong’s vast catalog, and you can now download them all at Amoeba.com’s Vinyl Vaults!

Here is Louis as you’ve never heard him. More than 600 sides have been expertly remastered from pristine original 78s that sound amazing—plus thousands of hard-to-find and undiscovered songs remastered from out-of-print and obscure vinyl sources not found elsewhere digitally!

Check out our beautifully restored rare Louis versions of “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Just A Gigolo” and many others. We have also remastered dozens of live shows, including the previously legendary, previously unheard “Live at Kitsilano High School” show from Vancouver in 1952—plus hundreds of lost radio and TV performances for your listening pleasure.

Here’s an example of the remastering we’ve done for these Louis Armstrong tracks on the song “Static Strut” from the original Vocalion 78 released in 1926. Hear the song change from the original to the Amoeba-remastered version at the 20-second mark.

Watch this performance below of Louis Armstrong live in Copenhagen in 1934 for another example of our remastering. Audio restoration begins at the 51-second mark. Songs include “I Cover the Waterfront” and “Dinah.”

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