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John Finley: Soul Singer

Fifty years between starting a career in the music business and releasing your first solo album sounds like the epitome of forward planning, but it isn’t as if Toronto-based...

Doris Day: a great entertainer, not a symbol of repression

She never won an Oscar, never won a Grammy. But, except for perhaps Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, no other American entertainer left such an impressive legacy as Doris...

Blood, Sweat And Fred

Strings reattached

Still Clinging To The Wreckage 11/20

Shorty Rogers was one of the most multi-talented of the West Coast musicians of the 50s. He was a gifted improviser, who nonetheless was not ashamed to admit his...

Looking for Ted Curson

Obituary: Ginger Baker

The Rhythm Changes Guide

This is a very useful new guide to playing rhythm changes in jazz by Lukas Gabric, a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition and a member of the...

JJ 02/61: In My Opinion – Jimmy Skidmore

This is one of a series of taped interviews with musicians, who are asked to give a snap opinion on a set of records played to them. Although no...

Billie

Director James Erskine's valuable documentary intertwines Holiday's story with that of Linda Kuehl, a literary journalist who in 1970 began a biography of her. Kuehl was a Jewish liberal...

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