John McDonough


John McDonough's news entries:

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    Booker Little, 2021 Veterans Committee choice for the DownBeat Hall of Fame

    Booker Little: Cutting at the Edges

    The most wide-ranging article this magazine ever published about trumpeter Booker Little was his obituary. It was the…

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    Branford Marsalis played the featured soloist role for JLCO’s tribute to John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins at Ravinia.

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    Don Gold, circa 1980s

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    Andra Day portrays Billie Holiday in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

    Holiday Film Puts Drug War on Trial

    Director Lee Daniels has taken Johann Hari’s drug war history, Chasing the Scream, mixed it with Victor Hugo’s Les…

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    Charlie Young conducts the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

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    Kevin Whitehead recently published Play the Way You Feel: The Essential Guide to Jazz Stories on Film.

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    James Erskine’s documentary Billie includes vintage photos that have been digitally colorized by artist Marina Amaral.

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    DownBeat Archives/Bruno of Hollywood

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    Buddy Rich at New York’s Arcadia Ballroom in May 1947

    The Drums Chose Buddy Rich

    Buddy Rich died in 1987 at the age of 70. For 68 of those years, he was one of the world’s greatest drummers, first…

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    Irving Berlin (1888–1989)

    The Inner Critic of Irving Berlin

    A song is a mysterious abstraction. It enters the world without identity. It has little character or context. No one…

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    Dave Brubeck (1920–2012)

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    Nat “King” Cole (1919–1965)

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    Nat “King” Cole sat at the crossroads of jazz and pop.

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    Norman Granz (1918–2001)

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    The book Art Kane: Harlem 1958 explores the origin of one of the most famous photos in jazz history and includes this version, identifying the 57 musicians.

    Herding Cats: Harlem 1958

    Many jazz fans have seen the iconic image, but few know its complete backstory. On Aug. 12, 1958, graphic designer and…

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    The members of the Four Freshmen are Tommy Boynton (left), Bob Ferreira, Stein Malvey and Jonathan Gaines.

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    A scene from inside the Bix Beiderbecke Museum in Davenport Iowa, which opens to the public Aug. 3.

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    Music by Fats Waller appears on The Savory Collection, Vol. 3.

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    Kristin E. Ellis and Al’Jaleel McGhee perform in Paradise Blue, which premiered April 26 at the TimeLine Theatre in Chicago.

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    Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Young perform in an Oscar Peterson tribute concert at Symphony Center on April 7. Todd Rosenberg

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    Eric Miller (1941–2017)

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    Joshua Henry, Brandon Victor Dixon, Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell, with Richard Riaz Yoder, in a scene from Shuffle Along.


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John McDonough's archives entries:

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    In addition to making significant contributions to the jazz canon’s batch of standards, saxophonist Benny Golson appeared in a pair of films and was photographed in “A Great Day In Harlem.”

    Benny Golson: Fortunate Whispers

    If you make it to 80 and still are at the top of your game, you’re one lucky guy.

    All you have to do is look around…

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    Freddy Cole (1931–2020)


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