When I first began listening to Chicago Blues, a handful of albums recorded in the mid-‘60’s made for essential listening. They included Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells;&nb
In the radio documentary, “Let the Good Times Roll,” Mickey Baker told producer Lex Gillespie that “[If it wasn’t] for the blues, we’d all be sitting around sipping tea and listening to chamber mus
I’d always heard that Dizzy Gillespie feigned having a cold when he met up with Oscar Peterson for their duo recording in London in 1974. Peterson intimidated most everyone, even the formidab
About the only fault I’ve found with the Coleman Hawkins collection that Mosaic released this year is the absence of any of the material he recorded in Europe in the mid-‘30’s. Mosaic drew ex
I posted Jonathan Winters' portrayal of a man who was Frank Sinatra’s bus driver earlier today on Facebook and in no time heard from a few jazz-astute friends. Terry Teachout, Wall Street
Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? How about Donna’s on Monday
Louis Armstrong said he favored trumpeter Bobby Hackett as his personal favorite because he had "more ingredients." But the longer I'm around, the more I'm ready to confer that honor on Dizzy
Long before he unveiled the persona of “Dr.
Thankfully, there's plenty of jazz action in the Valley these days. Here's a heads-up on a few must-see events.