As Horace Silver says in his introduction to this outstanding 1968 performance of “Song for My Father,” the rhythm is Brazilian, the melody Cape Verdean, and the tune is dedicated to his father, Jo
I was in Lenox yesterday to interview the actor John Douglas Thompson and playwright Terry Teachout about "Satchmo at the Waldorf," and to see the one-man, one-act play at
“If you don’t love him, I don’t think you really know how to love.” Mahalia Jackson on Louis Armstrong
“Very little about the tenor saxophonist Lester Young was unoriginal,” wrote Whitney Balliett in one of the most memorable of his jazz musician profiles forThe New Yorker. “When he p
I slipped away from the control board in time to hear the Christian McBride Trio and Wynton Marsalis Quintet at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood on Monday. Both sounded great, and it was a real treat
Count Basie’s 108th birthday anniversary is today. He made his first recordings as a sideman with Walter Page’s Blue Devils in 1929, and his last in 1983, the year before his death
Von Freeman’s been on my mind lately. I knew the 88-year-old saxophonist was no longer in action, but he’d become so emblematic
For nearly three decades, it's been my pleasure to tout the Greater Hartford area as one of the most fertile in the nation in developing home-grown jazz players who’ve gone on to wider renown.
Evan Christopher was back in New Orleans this week in time to don his "blacks and whites" for the
Duke Ellington was the envy of bandleaders far and wide for the privilege he enjoyed in presenting Johnny Hodges as a member of his orchestra for nearly 40 years. Notwithstanding a four-year
I used to look forward to seeing Steve Lacy on his annual visits to the Iron Horse in Northampton. Few experiences made NoHo feel quite as cosmopolitan as an appearance by Lacy’s Paris-based
One of the first things I did when I began using I-Tunes ten years ago was create a playlist of ballads recorded by John Coltrane, and it remains one that I turn to often.
Billie Holiday died 53 years ago today. I’ll play a couple of sets of her music in tonight’s Jazz a la Mode, including her appearance at Newport in 1957 where she was accompanied by Mal Waldr
Louis Jordan’s birthday anniversary is this month. The saxophonist and clarinet player was born in Brinkley, Arkansas on July 8, 1908 and died in Los Angeles on February 5, 1975. After
The last time I saw Tony Bennett was on the stage of the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Montreal a year ago.