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 AllAboutJazz.com, Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com 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.


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

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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 …

"When the music is right the feet automatically work," Elaine Ellis exclaimed with a serious smile, one of 16 of the now 84 to 96 year old "SILVER BELLES" showgirls who's lives are explored in "Been Rich All My Life" (Toots Crackin Productions), a 81 minute Musical Documentary Movie by Cinematographer Heather Lyn MacDonald that opened at New York's Quad Theater, July 21, 2006. This film has a swinging original musical score re-composed purposefully by Pete Whitman to bring t …
On March 21st, 2009, Lee Konitz was improvising at Creole Restaurant, Third Avenue at 116th Street in Harlem’s Barrio.

Mickey Bass intro’ed the Quartet, as part of his Brownstone Entertainment Complex’s "Jazz Legacy Series," beginning with a joke not worth repeating. Mr. Konitz responded by telling one of his own about a guy at a bar who ordered three scotches...I wish he had announced his first tune instead. Musicians take note: Before we heard the first note he blew gently into the mou

For the second time pianist Aaron Goldberg, Pavani Thagrisa and Jazz for America’s Future have brought together great celebrated jazz musicians to benefit the next President of the United States.

The Jazz for OBAMA this evening at the 92nd Street Y featured Roy Haynes, Roy Hargrove, Joe Lovano Christian McBride and Aaron Goldberg for openers. Four years ago a stellar group supported John Kerry’s bid for President at the New York Society for ethical Culture. Those appearing at both events were

Subtitled "The Once and Future Life of Billie Holiday," a concept of vocalist Nnenna Freelon in collaboration with choreographer, Dancer Ronald K. Brown and his Evidence Dance Company at the Saturday night November 10th, 2007 opening event Jonelle Procope, President of the Apollo Foundation announced this to be "the first Art & Soul presentation of The Apollo Performing Arts Series."

The Apollo Theater event was preceded by a Friday evening"Collaborative Spirit" interview moderated by NJP

Queens College Professor Neil K. Friedman Ph.D. was the host to a neighborhood jazz outing for nephew Adam Kassell Hoffman of Londonderry, New Hampshire and college gal friend at Cleopatra’s Needle, 2485 Broadway between 92nd and 93rd Street, New York, NY on March 18, 2005 to introduce The Spirit of Life Ensemble’s world-beat to the youthful neophytes.

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