Gerry Mulligan

American musician Gerry Mulligan

Gerald Joseph "Gerry" Mulligan was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a notable arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others.
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Twenty-Five Great Jazz Baritone Saxophone Peformances
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Ronnie Cuber The cumbersome and often unwieldy baritone saxophone has long been relegated to the position of a shadowy stepchild to its more grandiloquent brothers, the tenor and alto saxophones, in jazz music. A low register behemoth that requires voluminous breath, careful control and formidable stamina, it has been used primarily in jazz orchestras to produce those low resonant notes that bring the bottom end to life in modern jazz orchestra arrangements. Prominently used in the great jazz orchestras of Duke Ellington and Count Basie, the baritone saxophone was played by the great Harry Carney in the Ellington band and by Jack Washington in the Basie band. Carney, with his incredible use of circular breathing and his pure uncluttered tone, is widely recognized as having been a pioneer on the instrument, bringing the baritone out of the obscurity of the saxophone section and into the limelight of a solo instrument. Using Carney and to a lesser extent Washington as inspiratio...
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Top 5 Sizzling Hot Winter Music Festivals in Frigid New York City
Huffington Post - about 1 year
(l. to r.) Andrew Cyrille; photo: Petra Cvelbar; Thelonious Monk (1966); photo: Everett Collection By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 28, 2016 Think the brutal cold and sometimes snow or freezing rain of New York in January can keep musicians and crowds off the streets and huddled under blankets at home? Think again. In fact, it seems that the city's annual festivals have found a vital life in one of the darkest and bleakest months of the year. Think of it as the heat factor in the short days of daylight. There is no hibernation season, but rather a sizzling of high-caliber music that has been sprouting to life despite the chill. You'd think summer, with all its green glory, would be the season of choice for music--especially jazz--to swing right into our lives. But the gray, leafless, snowy or icy season of the winter wonderland has in recent years made for a different kind of celebration that eclipses other times of the year. Of course, the cultural impact o...
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Herb Alpert Here and Now By Dave Schroeder
Huffington Post - about 2 years
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the A&M Records release of Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass. The phenomenal success of Alpert's group born from a demo recording he produced in his garage sparked the start of a lifelong journey from bandleader and record producer to expressionist artist and philanthropist. Alpert has led his life combining creativity with problem solving in a never-ending quest to find his own unique voice and to support others to find theirs. Today his contributions to the arts are lauded by multi-million selling records, art installations at major museums and lifetime achievement awards celebrating his positive impact on the world. Recently, I visited Alpert at his Malibu home to discuss his life in the arts for my interview series produced for NYU Jazz Studies. Yes, jazz! Alpert, born and raised in Southern California, began playing trumpet inspired by the burgeoning cool jazz movement of the 50s. Realizing early on ...
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Huffington Post - almost 3 years
Gosh, I'm pleased and flattered that our music is now in the Library of Congress, but it also feels a little weird because we were on Nixon's hit list along with Jane Fonda, Tom Hayden, and other "radicals." Now, we're "cool?" It's definitely cool to be alongside Joan Baez, The Righteous Brothers, Gerry Mulligan and Steve Martin. It reminds me of something Jim (Morrison) said: "It's that old thing like a first novel, they usually give the cat a break, everybody kind of pats him on the back. And the second one, they really chop him up. Then if he does a few more, and shows he has staying power, they say welcome back to the fold, the family embraces you. I think it will be the same way with us. We just have to hold out for a while, and one day everyone will realize: 'They're just like old friends, they've been around for years now -- they're part of our nation's psyche.'" Jim said this around the time he was up on charges in Miami. False charges, by the way. He didn't expo...
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JAZZ MATTERS: Chris Ingham’s weekly round-up of jazz in East Anglia
Bury Free Press - over 4 years
Chris Ingham with his weekly jazz round-up from the Bury Free Press of Friday, September 13. Friday, September 13 – CHRIS BISCOE QUARTET: (Stoke By Nayland Hotel, 8pm, £15. Details: A two-sax tribute to Eric Dolphy led by Brit jazz veteran Chris Biscoe (saxophone) with Tony Kofi (saxophone), Larry Bartley (bass) and Stu Butterfield (drums). Saturday, September 14 – BIG BAND EVENING: (Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe, 7pm, £30. Phone Glenn Hurst 01473 252098) Glenn Miller-style swing with a ‘GI’ big band, dancing, 1940s fancy dress and a fish supper. Sunday, September 15 – LAURA ZAKIAN: (Cherry Tree, Belchamp St Paul, 8pm, £8. Details: Intimate vocalist showcasing material from her latest project, Songs For Modern Lovers, with Simon Brown (piano), Bernie Hodgkins (bass) and Roger Odell (drums). KAREN SHARP SEXTET (California Club, Ipswich, 8pm, £13. Ex-Humphrey Lyttelton sax star returns to her home town with an all-s...
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Jay Weston: Bert Stern: Original Mad Man Playing at Nuart for One Week!
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
Bert Stern in front of one of his Marilyn Monroe photos. In the 1950s and early 1960s I had a best friend named Bert Stern. He was a brilliant and successful photographer, one of the greatest ever (and I was a less-successful and not-as-brilliant publicist). So on Friday evening I went to the Landmark Nuart Theatre (11272 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 473-8530, a block west of the 405 Freeway, with plenty of street parking in the adjacent street). It was the opening night of a one-week run of an amazing documentary about Bert by director Shannah Laumeister, who was there for the evening. We met and chatted after the screening; I told her how much I loved the film and was devastated by the memories it evoked. The director of the movie, Shannah Laumister, in front of the Nuart theatre. The film is sometimes funny, breathtaking, poignant, and full of celebrities... it helps an audience who only knows him by repute to understand and appreciate how his work has helped shape a l...
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Fred Waitzkin: What Is True?
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Here is a dialogue that came out of my kitchen during a family meal. I was recalling an event that had occurred recently in a coffee shop I frequent. I was into the pace and pathos of my anecdote, the sadness of a stranger I had lingered to talk to, when my plucky 26-year-old daughter remarked, "Dad, you made up that dialogue. The woman never said that!" Everyone laughed. I argued that she was wrong. Wrong! I became a little angry. I knew what the woman said, after all. I was there and I could still feel the moment coursing through me. My kids, daughter-in-law and wife, laughed at me -- they all know that I am a "creative" storyteller and they like to poke fun at me -- even the four-month-old baby, captain Jack Waitzkin, laughed at me until I smiled back at him. For me, a good story must be true. By this I mean the emotional connections between characters must be legitimate and hopefully powerful and interesting and inviting, but also surprising. In a story or novel I won'...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: National Evaluate Your Life Day Playlist
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Joel Hilme & Felix Martinz Song: The Wake Up Call Album: Presspauseplay Original Soundtrack Genre: Soundtrack Buy: Bob Marley Song: Chances Are Album: The Anthology Genre: Reggae Buy: Bob Dylan Song: Life Is Hard Album: Together Through Life Genre: Rock Buy: Idol Fodder Song: Analyse My Life? Album: Bäbytalk-EP Genre: Alternative Buy: Alberta Cross Song: Taking Control Album: Broken Side of Time Genre: Alternative Buy: Scott Joplin Song: Reflection Rag Album: Ragtime Genre: Jazz Buy: Peter Bradley Adams Song: I'll Forget You Album: Leavetaking Genre: Singer/Songwriter Buy: Al Kooper & Shuggie Otis Song: Bury My Body Album: Kooper Session: Al Kooper Introduces Shuggie Otis Genre: Rock Buy: Arthur Crudup Song: Dig Myself ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: The Bellowing Baritone Saxophone of Gary Smulyan
Huffington Post - over 5 years
As you might suspect, not all albums I receive and listen to are wonderful, let alone review worthy. As fate would have it, I recently listened to three separate albums that each, independently, piqued my interest. Curiously they all had the one unifying factor, the gutsy baritone saxophone sound of Gary Smulyan. Capri #74113-2 Smul's Paradise is Gary Smulyan's most recent album as a leader, and a smoking hot representation of one of my favorite formats, the organ trio. This one has the added twist of including Smulyan's brash baritone as a fourth instrument in this proven format, and it works amazingly well. When you enter the door to this imaginary lounge, Smul's Paradise, you are entering a smoke-filled world of dimmed lights and red velvet fabric. A world of pleated leather lined booths, dingy, plush carpeting and a compact bandstand stuffed into a corner opposite the shiny mahogany bar where peroxide ladies wait anxiously for the next song or the next prince charm...
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Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: As Summer Drifts Away Playlist
Huffington Post - over 5 years
Charlie Parker Song: Summertime Album: Charlie Parker With Strings: The Master Takes Genre: Jazz Buy: Western Heritage Song: California State of Mind Album: California State of Mind Genre: Pop Buy: Astronautalis Song: 17 Summers Album: Pomegranate Genre: Alternative Buy: Styx Song: Summer in the City Album: Big Bang Theory Genre: Rock Buy: Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 Song: When Summer Turns to Snow Album: Fool on the Hill (Remastered) Genre: Jazz/Pop Buy: Jonathan Richman Song: That Summer Feeling Album: I, Jonathan Genre: Rock Buy: Pinback Song: Soaked Album: Summer in Abaddon Genre: Alternative Buy: Lady Gaga Song: Summerboy Album: The Fame Genre: Pop Buy: Gerry Mulligan & Judy Holliday Song: Summer's Over Album: Thei...
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NJPAC Announces Schedule of Events
Belleville Patch - almost 6 years
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has announced its schedule for the 2012-13 season, which is filled with new festivals, curatorial and artistic collaborations, and community partnerships, programs and artist outreach that will take place within and beyond its stages. Throughout the season, NJPAC will continue to add performances. NJPAC is located at 1 Center St. "Our 2012-13 season will be filled with the sounds of surprise" said John Schreiber, NJPAC's president and CEO. "We've consciously scheduled more curtains and added significantly to the artistic mix. In addition to what audiences have come to love and expect from the Arts Center, we're introducing new programs that will be unique to the region. If you already love NJPAC, there's plenty on the roster for you. And if you haven't yet been to the theater or visited in a long time, we think our expanded schedule will offer something to engage everybody." Single tickets are now onsale and may be purchased by callin...
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THE WEEK AHEAD; Aug. 8 -- Sept. 3
NYTimes - over 6 years
Theater Steven McElroy When MIKE McALARYdied of colon cancer in 1998, at 41, he left in his wake a Pulitzer Prize and a reputation for tenacity. He once skipped a chemotherapy appointment to chase a hot tip. That was in the summer of 1997, when he instead went to meet Abner Louima, who had been brutalized by police officers in Brooklyn. McAlary's
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Eddie Gomez On Piano Jazz - NPR
Google News - over 6 years
In 1966, he spent a week playing with Gerry Mulligan's small group at the Village Vanguard, and another group happened to be playing there the same week: the Bill Evans Trio. Evans was still seeking the ideal replacement for bassist Scott LaFaro,
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Music Box: Larry Graham brings the funk to Rams Head On Stage tomorrow - Annapolis Capital
Google News - over 6 years
His exceptional piano playing skills always were in demand by jazz greats including Stan Getz, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan. But it is Allison's turn of phrase and sense of wit that endears him to his fans. This Labor Day weekend is rife with
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Jerry Leiber appreciation: A songwriter who helped change pop music - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 6 years
(Stoller got his start gigging with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan, and was engendered into Chicano culture through one of his first girlfriends.) One of Leiber's first jobs was as a busboy at the landmark Clifton's Cafeteria downtown,
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The Skip Green Quartet featured at Oak Park Arms' Summer Jazz Festival - TribLocal
Google News - over 6 years
The quartet performs works by Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Billie Joel, the Beatles and Stevie Wonder. Skip Green is recognized as one of the top jazz performers in Chicagoland
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gerry Mulligan
  • 1996
    Age 68
    Mulligan died in Darien, Connecticut, on January 20, 1996, at the age of 68, following complications from knee surgery.
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  • 1995
    Age 67
    In 1995 the Hal Leonard Corporation released the video tape The Gerry Mulligan Workshop – A Master Class on Jazz and Its Legendary Players.
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    Mulligan gave his final performance on the 13th Annual Floating Jazz Festival, SS Norway, Caribbean Cruise, November 9, 1995.
    Mulligan's final recording was a quartet album (with guests), Dragonfly, recorded in the summer of 1995 and released on the Telarc label.
  • 1991
    Age 63
    Mulligan appeared at the Brecon Jazz Festival 1991.
    In 1991, Mulligan contacted Miles Davis about revisiting the music from the germane 1949 Birth of the Cool album.
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  • 1988
    Age 60
    In June 1988, Mulligan was invited to be the first Composer-in-Residence at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival and was commissioned to write a work, which he titled The Flying Scotsman.
    1988 saw the premier of Mulligan's Octet for Sea Cliff, a chamber work commissioned by the Sea Cliff Chamber Players.
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    But in later years their relationship became strained as Mulligan, with considerable effort, would manage to kick his habit, while Baker's addiction bedevilled him professionally and personally almost constantly until his death in 1988.
  • 1987
    Age 59
    In 1987, Mulligan adapted K-4 Pacific (from his 1971 Age of Steam big band recording) for quartet with orchestra and performed it beside Entente with the Israel Philharmonic in Tel Aviv with Zubin Mehta conducting.
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  • 1984
    Age 56
    In June 1984, Mulligan completed and performed his first orchestral commission, Entente for Baritone Saxophone and Orchestra, with the Filarmonia Venetia.
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    In 1984, Mulligan commissioned Harry Freedman to write The Sax Chronicles, which was an arrangement of some of Mulligan's melodies in pastiche styles.
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  • 1982
    Age 54
    In 1982, Zubin Mehta invited Mulligan to play soprano saxophone in a New York Philharmonic performance of Ravel's Bolero.
  • 1975
    Age 47
    In 1975, Mulligan recorded an album with Italian pianist / composer Enrico Intra, bassist Pino Presti, flutist Giancarlo Barigozzi and drummer Tullio De Piscopo.
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  • 1974
    Age 46
    In 1974 Mulligan collaborated on a musical version of Anita Loos' play Happy Birthday.
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    In 1974, Mulligan collaborated with Argentine tango musician Ástor Piazzolla.
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  • 1971
    Age 43
    In 1971, Mulligan created his most significant work for big band in over a decade, for the album The Age of Steam.
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  • 1967
    Age 39
    After Dave Brubeck's quartet broke up in 1967, Mulligan began appearing regularly with Brubeck as the "Gerry Mulligan / Dave Brubeck Quartet" through 1973.
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  • 1966
    Age 38
    She and Mulligan also had a personal relationship from 1966 through 1972.
  • 1962
    Age 34
    Mulligan resumed work with small groups in 1962 and appeared with other groups sporadically (notably in festival situations).
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  • 1961
    Age 33
    The band also recorded an album of songs sung by Mulligan's close friend Judy Holliday in 1961.
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  • 1960
    Age 32
    Mulligan formed his first "Concert Jazz Band" in the spring of 1960.
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  • 1958
    Age 30
    Mulligan appeared in Art Kane's A Great Day in Harlem portrait of 57 major jazz musicians taken in August 1958.
  • 1957
    Age 29
    In 1957, Mulligan and his wife, Arlyne Brown Mulligan (daughter of composer Lew Brown), had a son, Reed Brown Mulligan.
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  • 1953
    Age 25
    This fortuitous collaboration came to an abrupt end with Mulligan's arrest on narcotics charges in mid-1953 that led to six months at Sheriff's Honor Farm.
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    The recordings included singles such as 1953 "Motel" labelled as 'The Gerry Mulligan Quartet Featuring Chet Baker'.
  • 1952
    Age 24
    In the spring of 1952, seeking better employment opportunities, Mulligan headed west to Los Angeles with his girlfriend, pianist Gail Madden.
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  • 1951
    Age 23
    In September 1951, Mulligan recorded the first album under his own name, Mulligan Plays Mulligan.
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  • 1949
    Age 21
    During his period of occasional work with the Davis nonet between 1949 and 1951, Mulligan also regularly performed with and arranged for trombonist Kai Winding.
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  • 1948
    Age 20
    In September 1948, Miles Davis formed a nine-piece band that featured arrangements by Mulligan, Evans and John Lewis.
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  • 1946
    Age 18
    Mulligan moved to New York City in January 1946 and joined the arranging staff on Gene Krupa's bebop-tinged band.
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  • 1927
    Born on April 6, 1927.
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