Archives: April 2013

  • April celebrations: Birthdays and anniversaries from composers old and new

    We want to add more titles from composers who are already on, but we’re also trying to add more composers to the site. Looking at the calendar this month we found birthday anniversaries of two artist/composers, and we also found some recording anniversaries. We’re celebrating the middle week of April with these:

    April 16, 1923: Trombonist Bennie Green’s 90th birthday. Listen to his B.G.’s Groove Two.

    April 18, 1925: Celebrate baritone saxophonist Leo Parker’s 88th birthday with Glad Lad.

    April 19, 1958: Art Farmer recorded his end-of-session blues. Hear how he relaxes with Back In The Cage [trumpet solo only, B-flat and C editions].

    April 19, 2000: The 49th anniversary of Lucky Thompson’s 1964 recording of Prey Loot, being celebrated with violinist Regina Carter’s new recording.

    April 20, 1956: The first recording of pianist Barry Harris’s High Step, on a piano-less recording with John Coltrane, Pepper Adams, Curtis Fuller, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones.

    We’re also finishing up more drum transcriptions: check out Charli Persip’s drumming on his recording with Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Three For The Festival.

    In case you haven’t seen Charli talk about his experiences, check out our YouTube channel.

  • 50 years of Kenny Dorham

    April 1, 1963, was the recording date of trumpeter Kenny Dorham’s landmark album Una Mas. We’ve had the title composition of the album available on for some time. When we realized the 50th anniversary was coming up, we geared ourselves up to make sure that we’d have both of Kenny’s other originals, Sao Paulo and Straight Ahead, on jazzleadsheets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this landmark recording.

    Kenny Dorham’s music from this session is important, and the album itself is classic. It’s tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson’s first recording session. The incredible young rhythm section had recorded together once less than two months earlier for what was drummer Tony Williams first recording session. Pianist Herbie Hancock had only been recording since 1961, and bassist Butch Warren since 1960. gives you the option of playing these compositions in any instrumental format: as a quartet or as originally recorded (a quintet), with the original instrumentation or with alternate instrumental parts available.

    We’re also making available Kenny Dorham’s solos on Sao Paulo and Straight Ahead in both B-flat and concert key editions.

    We’ll also be celebrating additional important Kenny Dorham 50th anniversary recordings this year.

    Enjoy this great music!
    Don Sickler
    phone 212-741-1175 - email

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