Junior Cook/World Series/Funky

Funky Tenor and World Series Accompanist

Horace Silver says that his father was “greatly offended” the first time he saw the term “funky” applied to his son in Downbeat. “What do […]

Charlie Haden, R.I.P., 1937-2014

From the Earth of the Country

I’ve dug deeply into Charlie Haden’s recorded legacy since his death on Friday. I’m impressed all over again by how vast and varied his output was, and humbled to acknowledge how easy it is to take such creative achievement for granted.

Lennie Sogoloff, R.I.P., 1924-2014

Lennie's-on-the-Turnpike founder leaves substantial legacy

Lennie Sogoloff died today. He was the proprietor of Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike, a hallowed jazz club on Route 1 in West Peabody, Mass, that Lennie operated between 1951 and ’71.

“I Remember Clifford”

Benny Golson composed “I Remember Clifford” for his “friend forever,” Clifford Brown. They’d been colleagues in Tadd Dameron’s orchestra in 1953 and had played together […]

Billy Eckstine

Mr. B's Centennial

Today is Billy Eckstine’s 100th birthday anniversary.  The renowned Mr. B was born in Pittsburgh on July 8, 1914, and died there in 1993 at […]

The Clifford Brown Interview

More will be revealed, they say. This morning’s manifest of that spiritual axiom is a newly unearthed interview with Clifford Brown that Willis Conover conducted […]

The Jo Jones Special

A reunion of Count Basie's All-American Rhythm Section

Jo Jones, who anchored Count Basie’s All-American Rhythm Section in the 1930’s and ‘40’s, embodied a hard-earned musical mastery borne of humility and perseverance. Born […]

Billy Taylor’s Way

I squired my sister Sue around Harlem a couple of Sundays ago after visiting her art studio on 118th Street. We stopped at Sylvia’s for brunch; bought fruit at an open air stand at the fork between St. Nicholas Avenue and St. Nicholas Way; went by Coleman Hawkins’ apartment building on Edgecombe Avenue; and toured Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Horace Silver’s Song for My Father

I’ll begin my memorial tribute to Horace Silver tonight with “Song for My Father.”  With the pianist’s death yesterday at age 85, the tune suddenly has more of an elegiac quality, and not only in regard to its composer and its dedicatee, but to an era of jazz…