Henry Mancini – The Man Who Brought Movies to Life with Music

Our latest episode of Viva Virtuoso was made unforgettable (there’s an Easter egg there for all you Nat King Cole fans) by sax master Chazzy Green. Out of almost three hours of phenomenal footage, we managed to cut the episode down to a full hour. The episode is live on our official YouTube channel, to which you should absolutely subscribe if you’d like to be notified when we release some of the bonus footage from the shoot. (more…)

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‘Maybe I Can Sing’: Remembering the Voice of Anita O’Day
Anita O'Day at Newport Jazz Festival 1958. Still from Jazz on a Summer's Day by Bert Stern.

‘Maybe I Can Sing’: Remembering the Voice of Anita O’Day

When we hear mention of the great female vocals of jazz, most will tend to think of Ella Fitzgerald and the great Lady Bird herself. Less frequently, we think of Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughn. The true aficionado will have their own favorite great lady of jazz come to mind. One of our favorites is the oft forgotten Anita O’Day. (more…)

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Tatum, Horowitz and Tea for Two

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Most know him as one of the jazz greats, while some have flat out called him the greatest jazz pianist ever.

Born in Toledo, Ohio at the turn of the 20th century, Art Tatum, Jr. was almost entirely blind by age four. Not only did this serious impairment not prevent him from having a successful career and very interesting life, it may even have been a contribution to his impeccable hearing and, in turn, his music.

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