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Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Jazz Diaspora: Let's Get Tiny

Posted by on Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 2:14 PM

A century on and the evolution of jazz continues to unfold. There will always be traditionalists and there will always be those who desire to walk the coals to find the next level of blowing. The intention of these weekly posts will not be to hold your hand through the chronology of jazz history, but to give you an idea of the many directions you can choose to go in the exploration of the myriad, complex, and curious forms that fall under the moniker of jazz.

Chances are, if you're playing guitar in the Art Tatum Trio, you're probably a bad ass. Oh, and you also cut sides for the incipient Blue Note label as well as with Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and a young Screamin' Jay Hawkins? Bad ass, for sure. You had a combo called The Rocking Highlanders and the band performed wearing kilts and tam o' shanters? We'll let you have that one, too. Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes hailed from Newport News, Virginia and offers an excellent early example of amplified jazz guitar playing on his instrument of choice, a four-string electric tenor guitar. A 52nd Street regular in the 1940s and '50s, Mr. Grimes had a career that spanned four decades. He rocked hugely and he rocked with the giants.

Check out these rare clips:


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Great post. Way to jazz up LineOut. I'm looking forward to future articles, especially some hard bop love.
Posted by MonkeyRobot on February 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM · Report this
Machiavelli 4
Tiny is the shit!
Posted by Machiavelli on February 21, 2013 at 7:04 PM · Report this
Don't forget kids: Romance without finance is a nuisance.
Posted by mollman on February 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM · Report this
Emily Nokes 2
So fantastic. The second video is mesmerizing.
Posted by Emily Nokes on February 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM · Report this
snacktruck 1
Fantastic! This is the kind of article (educational, historical and informative) I love seeing here in the Line Out. These are awesome clips, thank you kindly!
Posted by snacktruck on February 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM · Report this

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