Playlist from On The Jazz Scene

One of the features of On the Jazz Scene is an extensive discography that draws together all the albums mentioned in the text. Check this YouTube playlist featuring albums and tracks mentioned in the book's discography. Order On the Jazz Scene via …

Published: 3 May 2020. Updated: 2 months.

One of the features of On the Jazz Scene is an extensive discography that draws together all the albums mentioned in the text.

Check this YouTube playlist featuring albums and tracks mentioned in the book's discography.

Order On the Jazz Scene via this link

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''Alto Madness'' saxist Richie Cole has died

There are a lot of fan tributes online to alto saxophonist Richie Cole who has died aged 72. While there are no details so far his death has been confirmed on his official Facebook page where you can leave memories and photos of the player. From …

Published: 3 May 2020. Updated: 2 months.

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There are a lot of fan tributes online to alto saxophonist Richie Cole who has died aged 72. While there are no details so far his death has been confirmed on his official Facebook page where you can leave memories and photos of the player. From Trenton, New Jersey where his father was in the jazz club business, Coles was influenced by Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, studied at Berklee in Boston and began his professional career at the end of the 1960s when he joined the Buddy Rich Big Band. He later played with both the Lionel Hampton and the Doc Severinsen Big Bands and then formed his own quintet touring widely. His playing credits are substantial and included work with vocalese icon Eddie Jefferson, Manhattan Transfer, Freddie Hubbard and Sonny Stitt. Cole was best known for his four-year partnership with Jefferson and the pair toured widely in the US travelling from gig to gig in Cole’s minivan. But in 1979 Jefferson was shot dead outside Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. “A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think about the man. He was the world’s greatest pure jazz singer,” Cole later recalled. Sadly two more of the players on the 1977 album New York Afternoon (Alto Madness) on which his signature piece 'Alto Madness' (complete with amusing howling alto-o-o-o-o-o-o-o introduction from Jefferson) appears, Vic Juris and Ray Mantilla, also passed away in recent months. SG