James Gandolfini—Musings From The River Styx [Do You Believe In Ghosts?]

With the roll out of my long-awaited new blog (well, long awaited by my webmaster, anyway, the legendary Jazz Video Guy, who I’ve had on retainer for over a year, and has periodically wondered aloud when I was going to

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Johnny Smith on Django, Chet, and the “Walk Don’t Run” Backstory

RADIO FREE CHIP reader Lonnie Brownell’s comment about his back door connection to Johnny Smith’s “Walk Don’t Run” got me to thinking. Because Lonnie’s is a connection shared by many, many listeners who first heard the Ventures famous beach blanket

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Bill Frisell’s Fond Recollections Of Johnny Smith As A Teacher

I grew up in Denver, and was very lucky to begin studying guitar with Dale Bruning in my last year of high school—Dale opened up the whole world of jazz music to me. Dale’s also an incredible bass player, and at

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Johnny Smith–Master Guitarist [1921-2013]

With the passing of Johnny Smith on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, RADIO FREE CHIP has lost a friend and continuing source of inspiration, and the music world has lost an iconic figure in the history of the arch top guitar–as

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All Too Soon–Mulgrew Miller Dies at 57

When the esteemed drummer Ed Shaughnessy passed away this past Friday, May the 24th, of a heart attack at the age of 84, I could feel a bit of myself pass with him–an icon of my youth.  This dynamic engine

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