Art Tatum

At the Three Deuces

If you’ve seen the Ken Burns documentary on jazz, or just about any other film related to jazz history, you’ve probably seen part of this […]

Jay Hoggard

I’m featuring Jay Hoggard in tonight’s Jazz a la Mode. The vibraphonist is performing this weekend in Middletown, CT, not far from the campus of […]

Ray Charles

Ray Charles was born 84 years ago today. His birthday must have meant a lot to him, as RC923 was the license plate on his tour bus. I saw Ray about a dozen times, all quite memorable.

Jackie Cain

Jackie Cain died on Tuesday at 86.  For over 50 years, she partnered with pianist Roy Kral in marriage and song. I loved the wit and warmth of their collaboration, the kick they seemed to give each other in tune after tune. Marc Myers said it well in noting, “There is no cheerier voice in jazz than Jackie Cain’s.”

Iron Horse Memories

The Jazz Legacy of a Northampton Institution

Jordi Herold opened the Iron Horse in 1979, and for the better part of 25 years offered a comprehensive array of jazz, blues, folk, roots […]

Scott Hamilton on View

Sublime swing as a career-long pursuit-- and achievement

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. Perhaps that’s why there’s a paucity of cover stories and interviews with the Providence native in the jazz press.

Gerald Wilson, R.I.P.

Gerald Wilson died on Monday at the age of 96. The renowned trumpeter and bandleader was an active performer and recording artist until a couple of years ago, so he covered a lot of ground, and as an arranger he worked with just about everyone in the business.

Hank Jones Redux

I consider myself a devoted Hank Jones fan. The pianist’s conception, which drew on Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, and Bud Powell, is one of the most elegant and engaging in modern jazz. Saxophonist Joe Lovano, who worked extensively…

Butch Warren

Butch Warren’s 75th birthday anniversary was a month ago. The bassist was born Edward Rudolph Warren, Jr. in Washington, D.C. on August 8, 1939. Herbie […]

Art Pepper

The saxophone legend in rare concert footage

Art Pepper was born 89 years ago today. The Los Angeles native was 56 when he died in 1982, leaving behind a substantial recorded legacy […]