Scott Yanow

Since 1975 Scott Yanow has been a regular reviewer of albums in many jazz styles. He has written for many jazz and arts magazines, including JazzTimes, Jazziz, Down Beat, Cadence, CODA, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, and was the jazz editor for Record Review. He has written an in-depth biography on Dizzy Gillespie for AllMusic.com. He has authored 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes for CDs and over 20,000 reviews of jazz recordings.Yanow was a contributor to and co-editor of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz. He continues to write for Downbeat, Jazziz, the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, the Jazz Rag and Jazz Inside.

The Nat Gonella Collection 1930-62

The Nat Gonella Collection 1930-62

He was Great Britain’s first major jazz star. Trumpeter-singer Nat Gonella (1908-98) could be thought of as the British Louis Armstrong since Satch was his

Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin

Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin

It is felt by many that when one plays a rag, the pianist should stick exactly to the written music, treating it as if it

King Oliver Creole Jazz Band Chicago

Louis Armstrong on Paramount

The GHB/Jazzology collection of labels includes Paramount. While Paramount is primarily known for its large assortment of classic and country blues recordings, it also documented

Louis Armstrong Plays WC Handy Album Cover

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy is arguably Satch’s finest recording of the 1950s. At the time, the Louis Armstrong All-Stars included trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist

Jill Corey: Let’s Go To Town

Nights at the Turntable June 2019

the following albums were reviewed in Scott Yanow’s Nights at the Turntable column. Click an image to read and share the individual review.

Jimmie Noone Apex Blues Decca

Jimmie Noone Apex Blues

Jimmie Noone (1895-1944) was one of the great clarinetists to emerge from New Orleans. Compared to Sidney Bechet and Johnny Dodds, Noone had a softer

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

The British Lake label has reissued hundreds of valuable sessions by most of the best-known and most influential trad players of the 1950s and ’60s

Frank Sinatra and Harry James

Harry James: Profiles in Jazz

Next to Louis Armstrong, Harry James was not only the most famous trumpeter of the 1940s but remains a household name decades after his death.

Boppin With Zig

The Complete Ziggy Elman 1947-52

Ziggy Elman (1914-68) could have been a contender but he waited too long to start his own big band. Born Harry Finkleman, he learned to

Ruth Etting Color

Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me

One of the most popular singers of the 1926-37 period, Ruth Etting (1897-1978) may not have technically been a jazz singer since she did not

Roger Wolfe Kahn 1925-1932 Jazz Oracle

Roger Wolfe Kahn 1925-1932

Roger Wolfe Kahn was the son of millionaire banker Otto Kahn. He loved jazz from an early age (as did his father) and, while he

William McNally Dream Shadows

William McNally’s Dream Shadows

A brilliant pianist who first played at Carnegie Hall when he was nine, William McNally is not only an expert on ragtime but on its

Catherine Russell Alone Together Album Cover

Catherine Russell Alone Together

Her story has become increasingly well-known during the past decade. The daughter of pianist-arranger Luis Russell (who during 1929-31 led one of jazz’s great bands)

Duke Ellington Live at Ciro's Album Cover

Duke Ellington Live At Ciros

In Duke Ellington’s career, it is not an exaggeration to say that he and his orchestra were in their prime from mid-1926 when they found

Bessie Smith in 1924

Bessie Smith: Profiles in Jazz

Accurately billed as “The Empress of the Blues” during her prime years, Bessie Smith was not only the top female jazz and blues singer to

Terry Lightfoot and His New Olreans Jazzmen 1964

Terry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen

Terry Lightfoot (1935-2013) was a significant British trad clarinetist and bandleader for several decades. After leading a band in 1952 and serving in the RAF,

Susie Arioli- Spring album cover

Susie Arioli- Spring

Canadian jazz singer Susie Arioli on her prior recordings has generally been teamed up with guitarist Jordan Officer, performing swing standards in intimate settings. Her

Bad Rhythm 5th Avenue Breakdown Album Cover

B.A.D. Rhythm- 5th Avenue Breakdown

Pianist Brian Holland and drummer Danny Coots were getting ready to record their fifth duo album when, spontaneously on the day of the session, they

Carl Sonny Leyland House Party album cover

Carl Sonny Leyland’s House Party

While he is well known in the classic jazz circuit as one of the top boogie-woogie and blues pianists around today, Carl Sonny Leyland (who

Sidney Bechet Four Classic Albums cover

Sidney Bechet: Four Classic Albums

Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was the first significant jazz horn soloist to be showcased on record, soloing throughout “Wild Cat Blues” and “Kansas City Man Blues”

Edmond Hall Profoundly Blue album cover

Edmond Hall- Profoundly Blue 1937-1944

Clarinetist Edmond Hall (1901-67) had a distinctive tone that was so passionate that he could easily cut through a large ensemble. While he played with

Tom Clines Rivermont Album Cover

Nights at the Turntable April 2019

THE RIVERMONT LABEL DIGS DEEP Bryan Wright’s Rivermont label has released many rewarding recordings featuring hot jazz combos, ragtime, and novelty ragtime pianists, bands from

King Oliver 1929 album cover

King Oliver and his Orchestra 1929-1930

Joe “King” Oliver’s innovative and influential recordings from 1923 with his Creole Jazz Band are his most famous sessions but he proved to be an

Benny Ammon New Orleans Pearls album cover crop

Benny Amón’s New Orleans Pearls

Drummer Benny Amón, who is originally from Davis, California, moved to New Orleans in 2011 and has been an important part of the local scene

Cy Laurie Blows Blue Hot album cover

Cy Laurie Blows Blue Hot

Johnny Dodds had such a distinctive style on clarinet in the 1920s, that during his lifetime very few (other than Jimmy O’Bryant) tried to sound

Hilversum Expres album cover

The Ramblers 1944 – Hilversum Express

Strange as it seems, there was apparently plenty of rewarding jazz to be heard in Holland during the Nazi occupation of the 1940s despite rather

Irving Aronson Rivermont Album cover

The Rivermont Label Digs Deep

Bryan Wright’s Rivermont label has released many rewarding recordings featuring hot jazz combos, ragtime, and novelty ragtime pianists, bands from the 1920s, and other miscellaneous

Nights st the Turntable July 2016

Jonah Jones- Jonah’s Wail

After periods of time as the trumpeter with Stuff Smith’s Onyx Club Boys in the 1930s and as a key member of the Cab Calloway

Three Books About Buddy Bolden

Buddy Bolden: Profiles in Jazz

Cornetist Buddy Bolden’s life is shrouded in mystery. He was the George Washington of jazz- first at nearly everything. And as with Washington, many legends

Nights st the Turntable July 2016

Echoes of Swing: Dancing

Echoes of Swing is a European quartet comprised of Colin T. Dawson on trumpet and occasional vocals, altoist Chris Hopkins, pianist Bernd Lhotzky and drummer

Nights at the Turntable March 2019

Nights at the Turntable March 2019

KEN GRAYSON MILLS Ken Grayson Mills (1937-2004) is a name that should be known by anyone interested in New Orleans jazz of the 1960s. He

Nights at the Turntable March 2019

Sissle and Blake’s Shuffle Along of 1950

The 1921 show Shuffle Along was groundbreaking. The first African-American production to be staged on Broadway since 1910, it was the first to feature blacks

Bunny Berigan: Profiles in Jazz

Bunny Berigan: Profiles in Jazz

Bunny Berigan was arguably the top jazz trumpeter of the 1930s (not counting Louis Armstrong), with his main competition being Henry “Red” Allen, Roy Eldridge,

Adam Swanson- Revival Ragtime

Adam Swanson- Revival Ragtime

Ragtime was largely underground during 1917-72 with short-lived mini-revivals taking place every decade or so until its use in The Sting (1973) resulted in not

Nights at the Turntable March 2019

John Bunch- It’s Love In The Spring

John Bunch (1921-2010) was already in his mid-thirties before he made his first recordings, but he lasted long enough to leave behind a strong musical

Nights at the Turntable March 2019

Ken Grayson Mills- An Epilogue

Ken Grayson Mills (1937-2004) is a name that should be known by anyone interested in New Orleans jazz of the 1960s. He helped found Preservation

Nights at the Turntable August 2016

Alex Mendham and his Orchestra: Jazznocracy

Several years ago, singer Alex Mendham realized his long-time dream of organizing and leading a jazz orchestra that performed music from the 1925-35 period, not

Nights at the Turntable August 2016

Marty Elkins- Walkin’ By The River

A fixture on the New York jazz scene since the 1980s, Marty Elkins sang at Jimmy Ryan’s and Eddie Condon’s establishment in their last days,

Ted Borodofsky- Remember the Music

Ted Borodofsky- Remember the Music

Veteran clarinetist Ted Borodofsky, in the liner notes to his recent CD Remember The Music, says that he recorded the 16 standards because he feared

Bing Crosby Jazz Singer 1931-1941

Bing Crosby Jazz Singer 1931-1941

Bing Crosby could sing anything except opera and sound perfectly relaxed, whether it was romantic ballads, Irish songs, patriotic numbers, novelties, or swinging romps. The

The Great Revival 1949-58

The Great Revival 1949-58

Among his many projects for his Lake label, years ago Paul Adams acquired and reissued most of the British trad jazz recordings that were originally

Let’s Go In To A Picture Show 1907-1922

Let’s Go In To A Picture Show 1907-1922

The recording industry and films grew up together. As early as 1895, a composition called “The Kinetoscope Dance” (which was available as sheet music) referred

Eddie Condon: Profiles in Jazz

Eddie Condon: Profiles in Jazz

Eddie Condon took extremely few guitar solos in his career (all very early), did not sing after the 1920s, and only wrote a couple of

Charles A. Asbury: 4 Banjo Songs 1891-1897

Charles A. Asbury: 4 Banjo Songs 1891-1897

The earliest musical recording that I have heard is Issler’s Orchestra performing the “Electric Light Quadrille” from 1889. But this album comes close. Charles A.

Albums Reviewed In Our July Issue

Dr. Michael White- Tricentennial Rag

Veteran New Orleans clarinetist Dr. Michael White has exclusively performed traditional jazz throughout his career. Early on he was a member of Danny Barker’s Fairview

Nights at the Turntable September 2016

Chris Barber: Back In Berlin 1960

Chris Barber has had a remarkably long career. The 86-year old British trombonist first led a trad band in 1953, one that was co-led by

Nights at the Turntable September 2016

Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele: Tropical Swing

Tropical Swing by a group called Hot Steel & Cool Ukulele is a gentle, friendly, and pleasing set of Hawaiian-inspired music. Hot Steel & Cool

Nights at The Turntable October 2016

The Ramblers In Brussels 1945-1948

The Ramblers was a Dutch swing band that made its first recordings in 1929 and lasted until the mid-1950s. It is perhaps best known for

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