News featuring Leonard Feather

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’13 Aug 7 Wed

Wednesday 7th August

  • Bengt Hallberg obituary

    Swedish jazz musician and composer whose reputation was sealed by a single recording with Stan Getz in 1951

    Bengt Hallberg, the Swedish jazz pianist, composer and arranger, who has died aged 80, won an overnight international reputation in 1951, when he recorded Ack Värmeland Du Sköna (Dear Old Stockholm) with the young American saxophone star Stan Getz. Hallberg's class was even noticed in those early years by Miles Davis – who remarked on a blindfold test for the critic Leonard Feather in 1954: "That pianist really gasses me … so clean, and he swings and plays his own things."

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’11 Nov 11 Fri

Friday 11th November

  • Johnny Raducanu obituary

    Romania's Mr Jazz who sought perfection as player, composer and teacher

    The jazz pianist and double bass player Johnny Raducanu has died of a heart attack aged 79. For more than 30 years he had been pre-eminent in Romania as performer, composer and teacher, a formidable and charismatic figure who more than deserved the title of "the Romanian Mr Jazz", although it is not clear whether that was awarded to him by the music journalist Leonard Feather or bestowed by Duke Ellington, no less, when meeting him on a visit to the Balkans.

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’11 Jul 8 Fri

Friday 8th July

  • Ottilie Patterson obituary

    Northern Irish blues singer who performed alongside some of the American jazz greats

    Wide-eyed and diminutive, the singer Ottilie Patterson, who has died aged 79, challenged critical perceptions every time she sang the blues. Before her first appearance on the London traditional jazz scene in 1955, the idea of a demure white woman from Northern Ireland replicating the classic African-American blues style would have seemed ludicrous. But Patterson sang with a lusty clarity and innate grasp of the idiom that swept away any objections. A fellow blues enthusiast, the vocalist and commentator George Melly, likened her to Bessie Smith, while the US critic Leonard Feather spoke of her "conviction and authority". "I sing the blues because I find it so fulfilling," Patterson said, and it showed.

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’11 Jun 24 Fri

Friday 24th June

  • Counterbalance No. 39: Miles Davis’ 'Kind of Blue'

    The Great List of the most acclaimed albums of all time makes its first foray into jazz, beginning with Miles Davis’ 1959 favorite. With no lyrics to quote, Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn are having difficulty writing this introduction.

    Klinger: I have to be honest here, Mendelsohn. We’ve now done dozens of these things, but this is the first one I’m actually nervous about writing. I’ve read my share of jazz criticism, and I’m all but consumed with the fear that I’m no match for the erudite insights and intimate knowledge of musical theory of Leonard Feather or Stanley Crouch. People have written whole books—chapter books!—about Kind of Blue. What can we say about…

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’11 Feb 15 Tue

Tuesday 15th February

  • Sir George Shearing obituary

    One of the great jazz pianists and bandleaders, he wrote Lullaby of Birdland

    The pianist George Shearing, who has died aged 91 of heart failure, was the first postwar British jazz musician to move permanently to the US and build a solid career there, effectively clearing the way for a host of other players to follow the same path. This was in 1947, at a time when Shearing and his countrymen, prevented by a Musicians' Union embargo from hearing the best American musicians in person, tended to regard these stars as supermen, wearing out their recordings, yet never imagining that it might be possible to perform alongside them in New York. However, Shearing put such negative thoughts aside and took the decision to emigrate.

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  • George Shearing, Jazz Pianist and 'Lullaby of Birdland' Writer, Dead at 91

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’10 Sep 18 Sat

Saturday 18th September

  • Strange Fruit is still a song for today | Edwin Moore

    Made famous by Billie Holiday, Abel Meeropol's lyrics offer a powerful plea for racial tolerance that is no less relevant today

    On the last day of 1999, Time magazine selected Strange Fruit as its choice for the best song of the passing century. The lyric is not as well as known as it should be, but it carries a passionate message for all time with its vibrant opposition to those who preach racial or religious hatred and intolerance in the US.

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’10 Aug 4 Wed

Wednesday 4th August

  • Harry Klein obituary

    One of the most highly rated jazz baritone saxophonists of the 50s

    When the Melody Maker was the voice of jazz in Britain, Harry Klein, who has died aged 81, topped its readers' poll as the UK's No 1 baritone saxophonist for four years in a row, from 1953 until 1957.

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’10 Apr 6 Tue

Tuesday 6th April

  • 50 great moments in jazz: Duke Ellington plays Newport jazz festival

    Duke Ellington's postwar reputation was faltering until one spectacular night in 1956 that would alter his fortunes for ever

    Jazz was finding itself in a changed world by the mid-1950s – though not all the changes disadvantaged it. The invention of the long-playing record had allowed the art of extended improvisation, as well as the freedom of the jam session, to at last be represented on disc. Moreover, the enthusiasm of postwar college students was providing a young audience for hip new bands led by Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan and others.

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