Jazziversaries April 10th

Claude Bolling (piano) - 1930 ::Birthday wishes to French jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and occasional actor Claude Bolling.

He was born in Cannes, studied at the Nice Conservatory, then in Paris. A child prodigy, by age 14 he was playing jazz piano professionally, with Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, and Kenny Clarke. Bolling’s books on jazz technique show that he did not delve far beyond bebop into much avant garde jazz. He was a major part of the traditional jazz revival in the late 1960s, and he became friends with Oscar Peterson.

He has written music for over one hundred films, mostly French, starting with the score for a 1957 documentary about the Cannes Film Festival, and including the films Borsalino (1970), and California Suite (1978).

Bolling is also noted for a series of “crossover” collaborations with classical musicians. His Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal, a mix of Baroque elegance with modern swing, has been a top seller for many years, and was followed up by other works in the same vein. It was particularly popular in the United States, at the top of the hit parade for two years after its release and on billboard top 40 for 530 weeks, roughly ten years.

Following his work with Rampal, Bolling went on to work with many other musicians, from different genres, including guitarist Alexandre Lagoya, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, trumpeter Maurice André, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has also worked with, and performed tributes to many others, including Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, and Oscar Peterson.

Joey DeFrancesco (organ, Hammond B3) - 1971 :: Many happy returns to  American jazz organist, trumpeter, and vocalist Joey DeFrancesco. Down Beat’s Critics and Readers Poll selected him as the top jazz organist every year since 2003.

DeFrancesco was born in Springfield, Pennsylvania. His grandfather was multi-instrumentalist Joe DeFrancesco, of Italian descent; his father is Hammond B3 player “Papa” John DeFrancesco, who took his son to jazz clubs from the age of seven. Joey DeFrancesco started playing the piano at the age of four,switching to the B3 shortly after. By age six, he was sitting in on his father’s gigs. By age ten, he was enrolled in the Settlement Music School Jazz Band. Under the direction of Lovett Hines, he learned and performed with the Jazz Band with the likes of saxophonist Robert Landham, drummer Kevin Outterbride, bassist Leonard Richardson Sr. and guitarist Kelvin McDaniel, playing out on his own, as well as sitting in with organ legends like Jack McDuff and Richard “Groove” Holmes. DeFrancesco went to high school with bassist Christian McBride, where the two were often scolded for altering their big band charts. While in High school, he was also in a local jazz trio called Strictly Business with drummer Leon Jordon Sr. and bassist Leonard Richardson Sr..

When DeFrancesco was seventeen years old, Miles Davis asked him to join his band. DeFrancesco toured Europe and recorded Amandla with Davis. He became well known in the 1990s, however, through his work with John McLaughlin’s trio Free Spirits. He has also played with jazz guitarists Pat Martino, Paul Bollenback, Jimmy Bruno, Dave Stryker, Danny Gatton as well as trumpet player Big Jim Henry and many others.

DeFrancesco’s own recordings as leader, first with Columbia, and later with labels such as Muse and Big Mo, established what Chris Parker has referred to as “his importance as one of the most unfussily virtuosic torch-bearers of contemporary organ jazz.”

DeFrancesco listened to and learned from Jimmy Smith, to whom he pays homage in his 1999 High Note release, The Champ. In 2000 he recorded the album Incredible! with Smith. He also pays tribute to Don Patterson in Tribute to Don Patterson: The Philadelphia Connection released in 2004. DeFrancesco also learned from McDuff, and recorded with him as well. DeFrancesco paired with Jimmy Smith on Smith’s last effort, called Legacy, finished just days before Smith died in 2005.

Today, Joey DeFrancesco plays an average of 200 nights a year on the road with various musicians. His core bands include Byron Landham (drums), Paul Bollenback (guitar) or Pat Bianchi (keyboards).

Omar Sosa (piano) - 1965 :: Many happy returns to cuban composer, bandleader, and jazz pianist.Omar Sosa.

Sosa began studying marimba at age eight, then switched to piano at the Escuela Nacional de Musica in Havana, where he studied jazz. Sosa moved to Quito, Ecuador, in 1993, then San Francisco, California, in 1995. In San Francisco he became deeply involved in the local Latin jazz scene and began a long collaboration with percussionist John Santos. He also made a series of recordings with producer Greg Landau, including the ground-breaking Oaktown Irawo, featuring Tower of Power drummer Dave Garibaldi, Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry and Cuban percussionist Jesus Diaz. Sosa and Landau recorded with Carlos “Patato” Valdes and Pancho Quinto and worked on several film scores. Around 1999 Sosa moved to Barcelona, Spain.

He has played with a number of world musicians all around the globe, and often collaborates with those outside the jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions. Sosa mixes jazz influences alongside Latin rhythms, North African percussions and spoken word/rap lyrics. He also references classical music. Political and spiritual, he describes his music as an expression of humanism and Santería. On various projects his sounds have ranged from pleasant and melodic, big Latin band, piano improvisation, world music, to free jazz and avant-garde.

In January 2011, Omar Sosa won The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards in the Jazz Album category for Ceremony.

George Freeman (guitar)- 1927 :: Happy birthday to chicago born guitarist George Freeman.

By mid-1947, Freeman was a member of a sextet led by Johnny Griffin and Joe Morris and supporting touring musicians such as Lester Young and Charlie Parker. He recorded with Parker for the Savoy label.

In the mid-’50s, he started a long association with organist Richard “Groove” Holmes, appearing as sideman and song contributor on Holmes’ World Pacific and Prestige.

After touring with Gene Ammons and Shirley Scott, Freeman decided against any more road work and has been based in Chicago.
He is the brother of tenor saxophonist Von Freeman and drummer Eldridge “Bruz” Freeman and the uncle of Chico Freeman. George and Von collaborated frequently throughout their careers.

His debut solo album, Birth Sign (1969), featured saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre and organist Sonny Burke.

Other musicians he has worked with include Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Criss, Jimmy McGriff, Les McCann, Eldee Young, Harold Mabern, Kenny Barron, Bob Cranshaw, Buddy Williams, Kurt Elling, Red Holloway, Corey Wilkes, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio.

Rosco Gordon (piano) 1928 – 2002:: Rosco Gordon was an American blues singer and songwriter. He is best known for his 1952 No. 1 R&B hit single, “Booted”, and two No. 2 singles “No More Doggin’” (1952 RPM 350) and “Just a Little Bit” (1960 Vee-Jay 332).

Born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up on Florida street, Gordon was a pioneer of the Memphis Blues style. Gordon used a style of piano-playing known as ‘The Rosco rhythm’ and made a number of his early recordings for Sam Phillips at Sun Records. This rhythm, where the emphasis is on the off-beats, was an influence on the Jamaican pianist Theophilus Beckford and hence on reggae music as a whole.

“Booted” and “No More Doggin’” were both released in 1952. Phillips sold the master of “Booted” to both RPM and Chess Records and both labels released the track as a single. The RPM release reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B record chart. Chess and the Bihari brothers later settled the conflict, with the Biharis getting exclusive rights to Gordon and Chess signing Howlin’ Wolf to an exclusive contract.
Gordon’s last single to reach the charts was “Just a Little Bit” (1960). In 1962, he gave up the music industry and moved to Queens, New York with his new wife, where he purchased a partnership in a laundry business. Following his wife’s death in 1984, he returned to performing in the New York area.
In 2002, he was invited by filmmaker Richard Pearce to be featured as part of a documentary film about several blues musicians returning to Memphis for a special tribute to Sam Phillips in conjunction with the May 2002 W.C. Handy Awards. Called The Road To Memphis, the documentary aired on PBS television.

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We are very excited to welcome Malportado Kids to the Dead Labour family

Total Cultura will be released as a white 10-inch LP on June 2, 2015

Photo by Eric Phipps

“Calling all brujas cosmicas (cosmic witches) to fight Christopher Columbus and the modalities of whiteness, imperialism, and masculinity! Malportado Kids are an anti-colonial tropical dance punk duo from Providence, RI. Their new 10” EP, Total Cultura, the follow-up to their 2014 self-released debut Mi Concha EP, will be released this June on Dead Labour! True to their name, Malportado Kids (poorly-behaved kids) is comprised of activist-artists Victoria Ruiz and Joey La Neve DeFrancesco who also rage in bilingual punk outfit Downtown Boys.

“Bruja Cosmica”, the record’s lead single, is the theme song of anti-imperialist witches everywhere, setting a catchy horn sample against lyrics extolling all those using their magical powers to fight oppression. The record’s final song, “Basta Huedo”, rails against institutions of white supremacy.The digital-only version of the record contains a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire”.

Total Cultura is danceable propaganda constantly reminding us to take back the power with the enormous power we already have.“


April 15 Washington DC @ Black Cat w/ Ana Tijoux + Rebel Diaz
April 17 NYC @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Ana Tijoux + Rebel Diaz
April 24 Boston, MA @ Wombwell w/ Howardian

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Malportado Kids are an anti-colonial tropical dance punk duo from Providence, RI. Their new 10" EP, Total Cultura—the follow-up to their 2014 self-released debut Mi Concha EP—will be released this 2 Dead Labour. True to their name, Malportado Kids (poorly-behaved kids) is comprised of activist-artists Victoria Ruiz and Joey La Neve DeFrancesco who also rage in bilingual punk outfit Downtown Boys. Total Cultura is danceable propaganda constantly reminding us to take back the power with the enormous power we already have.