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James P. Johnson: Forgotten Musical Genius

By | June 12th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

In this award-winning production, the life, music and career of early Jazz piano player James P. Johnsonare explored with musical examples and audio clips from the radio series, Jazz Rhythm. Actor Peter Coyote readsfrom Johnson’s recollections and Mark Borowsky expertly traces his career, sharing insights gleaned from a lifetime studying this overlooked American genius.

JAMES P JOHNSON_A Introduction with Peter Coyote, narrator & Drums.mp3

James P. Johnson in the 1920s.

Forgotten Genius

James Price Johnson (1894-1955) should be hailed as one of the greatest composers, jazz musicians and song writers of American music. 

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Duke Ellington Orchestra Live

By | May 29th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

 

 

Location recordings, live broadcasts and transcriptions of Duke Ellington and his Famous Orchestra 1940-63 reveal performances distinctively different from their studio sound.  This column presents music from dances, live shows and the legendary 1940 Fargo, North Dakota concert.  Freshly restored broadcast tapes from Duke’s Birthday Sessions recorded in Portland 1953-54 are also heard.

Heat of the Moment

“Duke” Ellington (1899-1974) was an inventive, charming, gifted, hard-working jazz musician and composer of some 2000 musical works.  Yet, considered solely as a performing bandleader and pianist he would be ranked a premier jazz musician — his other vast accomplishments aside.

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Mirroring the Industry: Weekends come in all sizes and shapes

By | May 11th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Long weekends…really long weekends.
It comes as no surprise. Their hype and advance marketing make their impending … a foregone conclusion. For the attendee it is a chance to get away, embrace the hobby, and marvel/revel in all that is on offer for 3 days. For the industry: manufacturers, distributors, dealers and members of the press it can run from 4-5 days.
I daresay that all parties involved will do their fair share of respective preparations leading up to them, and depending upon just how seriously one takes it, or it overtakes, will determine just how many hours go into the process.
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Design Notes 3: Sound Lab “The Complete White Paper”

By | May 9th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Publisher’s note: Every product comes with an Owner’s Manual to familiarize the customer with its operations. These documents are often written in a dry style and to the point. But once in a while, we come across vast sections in Manual that reads like a smooth presentation of ideas and juicy description of brilliant technologies, and if we’re lucky, even a story on the challenges faced by the engineers and designers in bringing the concept to fruition. ‘Design Notes” is a new series created to feature the informative and well written documentary inside those Manuals to the readership, to offer knowledge and viewpoints that we believe will benefit and even entertain us.

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Audio Blast: Exogal Ion PowerDAC with HyperDrive Upgrade

By | May 8th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

Also read Doug’s Exogal Comet DAC Review (2015) and Exogal Ion PowerDAC Review (2016)

When my Dutch friend and ski instructor, Marty, taught me downhill skiing I was quite intense and asked him to take me to successively more challenging slopes. Starting at age 27, in three brief seasons I went from novice to skiing black diamond moguls in the Canadian Rockies. A large part of that involved blowing up, falling. I fell a lot. At one point I was frustrated and said to him, “I’m doing a lot of falling,” as I thought the falling should decrease with experience.

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Imagining Buddy Bolden

By | April 30th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Publisher’s note: Bolden opens on May 3rd in select theaters.

Created from the only known photograph of Bolden and his band.

This column marks the release of the motion picture Bolden, directed by Daniel Pritzker with music by Wynton Marsalis.  Like them, I’ve gone in search of the true story of the first known jazz man and his legend.

The First Jazz Celebrity

Buddy Bolden (1877 – 1931) was the first to play jazz in New Orleans c. 1895-1905 — or something we would recognize as Jazz not Ragtime.  

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CAS Exhibitor Profile: Selah Audio

By | April 19th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Respondent: Rick Craig, Selah Audio, Room 5108, 2019 California Audio Show.

What’s the “elevator speech” description of your company?
We design and manufacture speaker kits and assembled systems for home audio and theater.

What makes your company and products special – how do they stand out from the pack?
Selah Audio speakers are custom built to order and sold only internet-direct to provide maximum value for the dollar. We offer a wide variety of wood veneers and can customize the speaker to match the visual and listening preferences of our customers.

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The Real Billie Holiday, Part Three – 1950s

By | April 16th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , |

Also read The Real Billie Holiday, Part One – 1930s

Also read The Real Billie Holiday, Part Two – 1940s

Monterey Jazz Festival, 1957.

This profile of Billie Holiday is presented in three chapters covering the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s respectively.  She’s quoted from interviews and her famed autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues.  Representative recordings, podcast clips and readings add detail and perspective to each decade of her compelling story.  It’s notable that photographs of Billie’s mercurial visage are constantly shifting, never the same twice.

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The Real Billie Holiday, Part Two – 1940s

By | April 1st, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , |


Also read The Real Billie Holiday, Part One – 1930s

This profile of Billie Holiday is presented in three chapters covering the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s respectively.  She’s quoted from interviews and her famed autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues.  Representative recordings, podcast clips and interviews add detail and perspective to each decade of her compelling story.  It’s notable that photographs of Billie’s mercurial visage are constantly shifting, never the same twice.

An Artist in Full

During the 1940s Billie Holiday (Eleanora Fagan, 1915-1959) emerged as a fully formed artist, her voice at its richest and most expressive. 

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Turntable technology for Millennials or everything you wanted to know but afraid to ask

By | March 15th, 2019|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , , , , |

Where it all started

It always helps to know where it all started. Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. His invention was able to record sounds onto tinfoil wrapped around a rotating cylinder. It used a steel needle attached to a resonator mounted at the end of a horn, all of which moved across the cylinder to both record and play back sound. This was a mechanical system that evolved over time to use a wax-coated cardboard cylinder and a steel stylus that moved from side to side in a zigzag groove around the record.

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