Dan Kassell

Dan Kassell

Dan Kassell expands his curiosity by attending concerts, conventions, lectures and movies to take note of the History of Jazz from the indigenous Caribes in the Caribbean to Algiers New Orleans, Chicago and New York. As a member of the Jersey Jazz Society since 1972 he's witnessed musicians who learned from jazz's founders. Reviews also appear in, Amazon and and historically in AllAboutJazz-New York, Mississippi Rag or Jersey Jazz since 1972.

First inspired by Thomas "Fats" Waller playing "Your Feet's Too Big," Benny Goodman's 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, Louis Armstrong solos, Duke Ellington's Famous Orchestra and Bob Wilber with Marty Gross and Kenny Davern's Soprano Summit he's also became fascinated by the spontaneous improvisation of Free Jazz while working on publicity for Chico Freeman.

"What Do We Do” at the Louis Armstrong House Museum?


Preservation Hall

Published in Book Reviews

In computer lingo WYSIWYG is What You See Is What You Get. In PRESERVATION HALL it's What You See is the Musicians - JAZZ men that SWING in the TRADITION and in the MOMENT. That's the theme, published by Louisiana State University Press, that's played out by 45 seminal and youthful New Orleans style musicians in time for a 50th Anniversary Celebration.  And, Expressive, richly colored, photographs by Shannon Brinkman of their own environment.

Caf? Society and The Cookery: The Right Place for the Right People When did you last read a life story of a "Saloon Impresario" whose nightclub att...
This is a photographed packed easy to read Jazz inspired coffee table book. Each session is a personally told biographical interview of 42 seasoned...
A Swing Dancer enthusiast Cynthia R. Millman, who was inspired by the Lindy Hop's unrecorded history, has provoked an apparently ageless Frankie Ma...
A wealthy jazz fan and medical newsletter publisher has combined his love of swing with his professional audience of Physicians to form McMahon Jazz Medicine. Ray McMahon began his odyssey by buying a tenor sax, self training books, and every tenor master’s CD that he had heard and enjoyed in the ‘50's, proceeding to learn from Lester Young to Ben Webster to Stan Getz before being captivated by Harry Allen at the Vanguard then Scott Hamilton in Boston. "I wanna sound like Harry Allen - he’s …
IS JAZZ BLACK MUSIC?, "Where does jazz come from, to whom does it ‘belong’ and is this important?," as advertised publicly by Jazz at Lincoln Center (now on Columbus Circle), polarized some and infuriated many attendees of this "JAZZ TALK," a presentation of the Irene Diamond Education Center, January 31, 2008. As Moderator Lewis Porter, a Professor of Music and author, explained that he purposefully titled the topic as an issue to provoke inquiry and at the same time disavowed the statem …

Bargain NYC New Years Eve

Published in News Story
20's 30's 40's BLUES AND JAZZ

December 31, 2001 - January 1, 2002

PATRICK POLADIAN, pianist and French vocalist will entertain just like he did at the Eiffel Tower in Paris with songs and Harlem Gospel tunes.
CASSANDRA KASSELL, vocalist thespian is a delightful storyteller whose songs are filled with humor and history.
GORDON LEINWAND, swing cornet will evoke the s …

"The Last of the First", whose working title was "Architects of Swing", Premiered as the only JAZZ Documentary Feature at the TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL, UA Theater on May 2, 2004 / 7:15pm, May 4 / 2:00pm and May 8 / 6:00pm.

Producer Al Vollmer intended this as his unique contribution to the legacy of jazz with a rare look at some of "the last of the first" and one of the longest running bands in the history of jazz. "The subjects of this documentary are veteran jazz musicians who starte …

The most dramatic artistic depiction of the Katrina Hurricane and Rita storm tragedy titled "Ballad of New Orleans" was featured on the catalog cover. Painter Sasha Alexandre Kouznetsov captures the aftermath by floating a piano in a sea of dirty water like a raft for a trumpeter, saxophonist, accordion and guitar player, only the pianist bald head and hands are visible but it’s evident that he’s still playing.

Sasha Alexandre Kouznetsov
"Ballad of New Orleans" (detail), 2005
oil on c …

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