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For many people, the melancholy wail of a saxophone or the brassy bop of a swing band evokes images of dimly lit jazz clubs in Chicago, humid juke joints in New Orleans, or even the elegant Cotton Club in New…
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News, Night Crawler The Lady Is a Robot

The Lady Is a Robot

A very large, clear, egglike sack hangs from a metal frame at one end of Xenodrome's warehouse lounge. Mermaids, sea nymphs, and other guests in watery-hued finery stand in small groups, sipping beverages and chatting -- all but ignoring the…
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Dinner (or Not) and a Show

My first exposure to jazz was in the form of a Fats Waller record titled Don't Let It Bother You. I was 10 years old, on the brink of God knew what, and the titular sentiment was deeply reassuring. Music…
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Jimmy McGriff Straight Up (Milestone) Jazz organ began almost accidentally: Pianists like the ebullient Fats Waller tinkered with the instrument in movie theaters. Intrigued by its various sound possibilities, Waller developed a lifelong love for the organ, which he passed…
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