Goodbye to a star

Posted on 3rd Sep 2020 by John Rosie

A personal tribute by Roger Cotterrell.    My favourite jazz blog is JazzWax. Its author Marc Myers, based in New York, is a music columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I like his weekly blog posts because they fit my preferences in jazz, and he …

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Charlie Parker - Myth and mayhem

Posted on 31st Aug 2020 by John Rosie

In celebration of the 100th birthday of Charlie Parker, National Jazz Archive trustee John Rosie explores Parker’s early life and influences along with the development of bebop music. Often portrayed as a tragic character, this giant of 20th centu …

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The only really global jazz magazine

Posted on 21st Jul 2020 by John Rosie

Here’s a trivia quiz question. Where was the only genuinely global jazz magazine published? New York? London? Try again. Incredible as it might seem the answer is – Warsaw. Jazz Forum, based there, was the magazine of the International Jazz Fede …

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Putting jazz stories into print

Posted on 28th Jun 2020 by John Rosie

There are over 4,500 books in the National Jazz Archive. This shows that any new jazz book faces a lot of competition. When I started to publish books about jazz I was given some good advice by a retired accountant from a publishing firm: ‘publish …

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'Not a good sound, a weak staccato ...'

Posted on 28th May 2020 by John Rosie

National Jazz Archive volunteer, and former Trustee, John Dale makes a personal search for material in the Archive about Benny Goodman. I’m a jazz enthusiast who collects 78rpm records and I’m also learning to play the clarinet. A not unnatural …

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