Streaming 24/7 - Live Programs Monday thru Friday Playlist: Jazz from Gallery 41 - Monday 15 January 2018 / 3 - 6 PM PST Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. / I Have A Dream Speech / August 1963 John Coltrane / The Promise / Live At BirdlandShow More Summary
Marlene VerPlanck, a polished jazz vocalist who began her recording career in 1955, had a strong second career in the 1960s and '70s as a prolific jingle singer, sang backup on Frank Sinatra's Trilogy album and had a third career... Related Stories 21 New CD Discoveries
A couple of weeks ago, Billy Collins sent me an unpublished poem. Billy is a former U.S. Poet Laureate (2001-2003) and author most recently of The Rain in Portugal (Random House). His poems always have a jazz feel—improvised, deft and... Related Stories Video: Sonny Rollins, 1968 Billy Collins on Roland Kirk Sonny Rollins & Monk
In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed contemporary artist Takashi Murakami (go here). He's the father of the Superflat art movement. You're probably most familiar with his colorful Louis Vuitton bags that were popular a bunch of years...
Streaming 24/7 - Live Programs Monday thru Friday Playlist: Jazz from Gallery 41 - Thursday 11 January 2018 / 3 - 6 PM PST BC Double Quartet / Heart Space / Departure (Cellar Live) Scott Hamilton Trio / Three Little Words / Live At Pyatt...Show More Summary
When Stan Gets is playing, I can't stop listening. No really, I can't stop him mid-track. His sound is so potent and hypnotic that I have to leave him on. Yesterday, the phone was ringing while I was listening to... Related Stories History of Early Autumn Two Stans in Holland: 1970s Five Stan Getz Videos
As is customary in January, we’ll begin the year with the good stuff we missed out on during the last. Today’s slept-on track comes from Collector. A reinforced bunker of Techno for these dark times. While the snares and handclaps are there, they’re fucked up by everything else in the mix. Or more accurately, they’re […]
Streaming 24/7 - Live Programs Monday thru Friday Playlist: Jazz from Gallery 41 - Wednesday 10 January 2018 / 3 - 6 PM PST Kevin Sun / Air Purifier / Trio (Endectomorph) Nick Hempton / Poor Butterfly / Trio Stonk Live At Smalls (Smalls...Show More Summary
The song My Foolish Heart had a hard birth. Written by Victor Young with lyrics by Ned Washington, My Foolish Heart was first sung by Martha Mears in the 1949 film of the same name. Mears was the singing voice... Related Stories Billy Eckstine and Vocal Groups
I melt at the sound of a swinging reed section. But I don't keep the swooning to myself. As readers know, I routinely add to our list below of reed-centric albums that I've posted about. Today, I'm letting you know... Related Stories Horace Silver 5 & Joe Farrell 3 John Williams: Rainbows
First, let me say there are no bad Pinky Winters albums—and they span more than 50 years. Which is extraordinary, since many singers' early albums are often best and get progressively lighter as the voice ages and work slows. Second,...
Few guitarists are as admired by fans and musicians alike as Lenny Breau. He played a 12-string electric guitar with a natural swing and elegance. treating the instrument like a piano. He'd play single-note melody lines while accompanying himself with...
Happy New Year! We are sorry you haven’t yet received our Best of 2017 but it got stuck in a gnarly zone of the Dreamlands, which is where we travel to retrieve our long term memories (> 2 months) in case you didn’t know. We are currently organising an expedition to rescue the list from […]
In The Wall Street Journal this week, I interviewed Petula Clark on growing up in London and Wales (go here). Most people are unaware that Petula was a child singer and actor in the U.K. during World War II. She...
Authorship of the jazz standard Four has always been in question. Miles Davis was the first to record the song in 1954 and has the sole writing credit. But it has long been argued by jazz writers that Eddie "Cleanhead"... Related Stories Sonny Rollins: Koenig's Leaders Sonny Rollins & Monk 5 Albums That Cast a Spell
When Peggy Lee wasn't stuffed into elaborate ball gowns with cinched waists and forced to appear on TV with a glazed, ice-queen expression, she could be downright soulful and bluesy. Personally, I never cared much for Fever or any of... Related Stories In the Studio: Frank, Nat & Peggy Peggy Lee: Jan. 1945
Yesterday afternoon I spoke at length with Sonny Rollins. We talk fairly regularly by phone, and this time we spoke about a wide range of career topics, from his time in India to his visits to the West Coast, where... Related Stories Art Pepper w/ Sheldon and Manne Sonny Rollins & Monk Hampton Hawes: All Night Long
Trumpeter Donald Byrd first came to New York from Detroit in 1955, when he was 22. While studying for a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, Byrd played in pianist George Wallington's quintet at the Cafe Bohemia. In... Related Stories Bobby Hutcherson: The Kicker Video: Bobby Jaspar, 1958 Lee Morgan: The Rajah
Sixty-three years ago, on New Year's Day in 1955, pianist Teddy Wilson, bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Jo Jones went into a studio for Norgran Records and recorded The Creative Teddy Wilson, a 7-inch 45-rpm set. The tracks were soon... Related Stories Videos: Oscar Peterson Live Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1966 Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1969
In The Wall Street Journal this week, my "Anatomy of a Song" column this month is on Spandau Ballet's True from 1983 (go here). I interviewed the band's co-founder and True's sole songwriter Gary Kemp. You'll never believe the role...