I knew of Dinah Washington’s multiple marriages well before I fell for her voice. I was 10 when she married her 7th husband, Dick “Night Train” Lane, the All-Pro defensive back of
Notwithstanding the dire economic straits of jazz, the music appears to be as healthy as ever on the bandstand. Players are taking care of business; the rest of us need to keep buying their m
Cedar Walton died on August 19 at age 79. He was born in Dallas on January 17, 1934 and attended high school with a class that included future legends James Clay and David "Fathead" Newm
I wrote about Django Reinhardt’s 1946 U.S.
My Irish-born grandmother lived by admonitions and apothegms. “There is nothing as virtuous as a man without the price.” “Paper never refused ink.” “A fool and his money are soon parted
Notwithstanding the bold and daring recordings made by Sonny Rollins, Max Roach,
Marian McPartland died last night. She had been off the scene for a few years, but in March when I spoke with her friend Huey, the filmmaker who directed the McPartland documentary
Four years ago this summer, I was one of the speakers invited to the Lenox Public Library to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue. Bill Evans, of c
Here’s a vivid display of the percussive effects that Herb Ellis wreste
Jazz a la Mode premiered 29 years ago this month, and one of my first birthday features was on Benny Carter, who turned 77 on August 8 of that year. The show was 90 minutes long back then, an
Ralph Ellison began his essay on Charlie Christian on a note that must have resonated with filmmaker Ken Burns.
On the few occasions when I’ve said hello to Scott Hamilton, he’s been just as shy and diffident as he is here with Peter Appleyard in a 1977 appearance in Toronto.
Tony Bennett included Ruby Braff in a select group of “pure musicians” (Shirley Horn, Joao Gilberto, and Milt Jackson) who have “a sound that’s as precious as a string of pearls or a rare diamond.
Northampton bade farewell to Phil Chu on Sunday. Chu died on December 15, and his funeral was held in New York, where he was born in 1935. But since he’d moved to Northampton after his
Lee Morgan told Nat Hentoff in 1960, "I don’t think I have a completely original style, though I have an identity. An iden
Sudheendra Kulkarni talks about Gandhi at Mount Holyoke College