Steve Provizer

Film Review: The Swing Jazz of Eddie Durham — Credit Well Deserved

January 27, 2024
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I may not agree with some of the documentary’s spin, but the film gives the viewer a clear and entertaining picture of Eddie Durham’s long and important musical career.

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Book Review: “The Soundies” — A Definitive Study of the Musical Film Shorts of the ’40s

January 13, 2024
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Author Mark Cantor has been the go-to guy for jazz film for decades: this authoritative book solidifies his position.

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Book Review: “Yves Montand: The Passionate Voice” — An Activist Entertainer

January 7, 2024
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Singer/actor Yves Montand’s life and career is particularly fascinating because they illuminate a telling difference between the mid-20th century political-cultural milieus of France and America.

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Book Review: “Lena Horne — Goddess Reclaimed”

October 27, 2023
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One might conjecture that  Lena Horne’s career was something like a mink-lined minefield: the promise of wealth and fame went hand-in-hand with the possibility of annihilation.

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Arts Remembrance: Tony Bennett, R.I.P.

July 23, 2023
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Tony Bennett was not only a singular artist. He was, by all accounts, a mensch: an early supporter of the civil rights struggle and participant in innumerable benefits, he was a generous mentor.

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Arts Commentary: SAG-AFTRA On Strike — Not Just About Jobs, But the Soul of American Culture

July 16, 2023
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The battleground is where technology meets art meets finances.

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Film Review: “Sloane: A Jazz Singer” — Making the Most of Your Gift

June 19, 2023
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Sloane: A Jazz Singer is very sweet film that never cloys because of the singer’s naturalness, honesty, occasional self-deprecation, and sense of humor.

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Jazz Album Review: “Dorothy Ashby – With Strings Attached, 1957-1965”

June 2, 2023
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A rare Black female instrumentalist band leader, whose improvisations on the harp were the equal of any horn, Dorothy Ashby deserves a respected place in jazz historiography.

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Concert Review: The Duke Robillard Band Rocks Aplenty at Jimmy’s

May 27, 2023
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The music of the Duke Robillard Band may go back a long way, but there was nothing retro about the bittersweet, funky, lowdown sounds that rocked Jimmy’s.

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Arts Commentary: The Goldsmith-Warhol Copyright Decision — Reason to be Concerned

May 21, 2023
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Decisions like these are increasingly troublesome because they will dictate what constitutes”fair use” for decades to come, even as technology evolves in threatening ways.

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