Call me provincial, but hearing Duke Ellington intone, “Harry Carney has come all the way from Boston, Massachusetts to lead us now into ‘Jam With […]
Fats Waller’s 1941 recording of “Honeysuckle Rose” was billed on the RCA Bluebird label as “à la Bach, à la Beethoven, à la Brahms, à […]
Fresh Air’s review of TRIANGULAR, Ralph Peterson’s new trio release with bassist Luques Curtis and pianist Zaccai Curtis, gives it up not only for the […]
Joe Temperley died on May 11. He was 86. Joe was a charter member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and it wasn’t solely […]
“You have to think beyond your time.” That’s how Wynton Marsalis described the challenge of appreciating styles and sounds that precede one’s era. His adage […]
In the mid-sixties, “PB” conceived the idea of bringing jazz artists to Hartford in an effort to quell urban unrest and unite communities through the grace and power of music. From the start, he got fast and ready cooperation from those he called upon, and beginning in 1967, he presented the Adderley Brothers, Muddy Waters, and Clark Terry’s Big Band in the Garden Area Center of Hartford’s North End.
Benny Carter’s been a favorite of mine ever since I bought his Jazz Giant album around 1970. Carter’s alto is always bright and affirmative, and […]
Today is John Lewis’s 96th birthday anniversary. Lewis grew up in Albuquerque, where he heard Lester Young in the early thirties, and graduated from the […]
During his lifetime, Ellington received numerous honors and awards including the Paul Revere Plaque from the City of Boston, honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Berklee, Assumption College, and Brown University, and the keys to the City of Worcester.
The move to Europe proved salutary for Griff, who continued to find audiences receptive to love notes everywhere he played. Gonzales, who returned to the States, later quipped, “[Johnny] now lives like a country squire on his farm in Holland and travels the world.”