To pay the bills and gain experience in the 1950s, a good number of jazz saxophonists began their careers in R&B bands. The list is too long to feature here but it includes John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Stanley Turrentine, Hank... Related Stories Brother Jack Meets the Boss Video: Sonny Rollins, 1959 Al Cohn and Dexter Gordon
Join me this evening at 10 pm Pacific for Jazz from Gallery 41. I'll be sharing with you a conversation I had in 2007 with David Axelrod who produced with of the biggest Jazz hits of all time, Cannonball Adderley's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy". Show More Summary
SFJAZZ Collective SFJAZZ Center San Francisco October 20, 2016 What would Miles think? It was hard not to wonder as the SFJAZZ Collective, the San Francisco jazz presenter's long-running large ensemble project, kicked off it's 12th season with a program dominated by sometimes dramatically re-imagine... [ read more ]
When any previously unheard Art Pepper is released, the event bears a bit of context. Laurie Pepper's Volume 9 addition to her Unreleased Art series is the 3-CD box Art Pepper and Warne Marsh at Donte's April 26, 1974. It contains music from late in Pepper's fallow period between the releases of Inten... [ read more ]
Today, four videos of Anita O'Day—a couple that recently went up at YouTube and a couple of gems that have been up there for a while. All are out, way out... Here's Fly Me to the Moon... Here's 'S Wonderful......
In the last few days, we have been pondering the existence of time and its relationship with deep philosophical ideas such as determinism/free will, causality, and idealism. The textbook inspiring such ruminations was Gleick’s Time Travel, and its soundtrack, a bunch of paradoxical bangers that span the space-time continuum with a mix of melancholy and […]
Uppsala Konsert and Kongress 13th Annual Uppsala International Guitar Festival Uppsala, Sweden October 6-9, 2016 It all takes place in one building. A huge one, centrally located in downtown Uppsala, Sweden. It's the Konsert and Kongress, and it's home to a seemingly endless array of cultural and social... [ read more ]
Crooning is an art that is inevitably associated with the big five: Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra. These are also singers that have become respected in jazz circles. However, there are many other great crooners that are worthy of attention, also if they can... [ read more ]
During high school and college, I got interested in the Nobel Prizes. At the time, I was not interest in all of them: only the prize for Literature. I have been a reading geek as long as I have been a music geek and I have always mixed the two passions liberally. In the early 20th Century, the Unite... [ read more ]
The Doobie Brothers with special guest Mark Newman The Paramount Huntington, NY October 13, 2016The Doobie Brothers were formed in California in 1969 after the band called Pud disbanded. Guitarist/vocalist Tom Johnston began jamming with guitarist Patrick Simmons and the guitarists decided to form t... [ read more ]
The countdown continues. Only a week and a day until Nov. 1, when my new book, Anatomy of a Song, is published by Grove Press. I did several major media interviews this past week (I'll alert you when they appear),...
bigBANG Jazz Gang The Falcon Underground Marlboro, NY October 13, 2016 Last night I drove to Marlboro, NY, a sixty-five mile trek, to check out a band and a venue. The band was the bigBANG Jazz Gang, one of the local groups (a term I loosely use for a distance of seventy-five miles or less from my h... [ read more ]
I'm not a collector of Beatles cover albums. In fact, I find Lennon-McCartney originals perfectly fine as they were recorded and have no burning need for jazz, soul or rock renditions. But from time to time, I come across Fab... Related Stories The Intimate Keely Smith 9 Box Sets You Deserve American 'Rubber Soul' Rules
The many obituaries of Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess correctly note his importance in the record company that that brought attention to blues artists who went on to became famous. Chess died yesterday at 95. The Chicago company owned by Chess and his brother Leonard had on its roster Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Etta James, […]
Part 1 | Part 2 Though Adorno had many points of criticism regarding the technical aspects of jazz, his contempt for the music genre was fuelled by something else. Given the fact that Adorno was best known for his critical theory of society, it is far from surprising that jazz would not escape a soc... [ read more ]
Bill FrisellBlue Note New York, NY October 4, 2016 It's one month before what is shaping up to be an epochal presidential election; the national mood is tense, nerves are fraying, anxiety is high. And just in the nick of time, here comes guitarist m: Bill Frisell to save our sanity! He's... [ read more ]
Al Stewart, a first-chair swing trumpeter who recorded on some of the most significant New York big-band recordings of the late 1940s and '50s and toured with many marquee jazz orchestras, died on Oct. 17 in Sarasota, Fla., according to...
Andrew Cyrille & Bill McHenry, Proximity (Sunnyside) Cyrille, a dancer on drums, teams with the intrepid tenor saxophonist McHenry in a succession of duets. Their close listening to one another results in empathy that sustains remarkable quietness, considering that one of the partners is a percussionist. They express their shared sense of jazz rhythm even […]
This December, it will be thirty-nine years since Rahsaan Roland Kirk split the scene for good. He was forty-one and about two-thirds of that short life span had been spent as a professional musician. He might not have been around long but he left behind a powerful legacy that may have no parallel i... [ read more ]
Imagine a time, not so very long ago, when a foreign Jazz/Improvising Trio created such a stir in Britain that they made the TV news! Imagine the national newspapers queuing round the block for interviews. And imagine London's Bloomsbury Theatre filled with musicians, journalists and arts administra... [ read more ]