One of the most exciting tenor duels I’ve ever witnessed took place between Joel Frahm and Jimmy Greene on a hot summer night in 2010. It was in West Hartford at Szechuan Tokyo, not exactly t
Here’s a selection of Louis Armstrong clips in honor of his 112th (traditional) birthday anniversary. Even though we learned 20 years ago that Pops was born on August 4, 1901, it’s
Jazz has known a fair number of charismatic personalities throughout its history, but few as mythical or colorful as Dexter Gordon. In a multi-volume career that spanned a half-century, Gordo
WFCR Music Director John Montanari has been letting his all-genres music flag fly on the Classical Blog at NEPR, and last week posted a list of his “individual musical selections that come as close
You may be in the mood today for something less white heat than what Bud Powell’s playing typically brings to mind, in which case be sure to take a look at this footage once the temperature drops,
The Miles Davis session known as Walkin’ has long been heralded as the harbinger of Hard Bop to come, and as one of Davis's greatest recorded performances. Martin Williams, Dic
The earliest memory I have of hearing jazz was a Schaefer Beer commercial that ran during Red Sox games in the late ‘50’s and early ‘60’s.
Listeners to Jazz a la Mode know that Karrin Allyson has long been a favorite of mine and that her Concord Jazz releases have been staples of the show for the past 20 years.
I was trolling the internet waters last weekend for new Paul Butterfield material, and as happens on YouTube, one catch leads to another. Butterfield was one of the all-star guests of B.B.
72-year-old Paul Winter reflected on the serendipity that altered his likely course from becoming "a bad lawyer" to his career as a musician when we spoke last week.
I’ll be playing Benny Golson’s 1962 quartet recording Free in tonight’s Jazz a la Mode, a complement to last week’s golden anniversary feature on
May 24 was Archie Shepp’s 75th birthday.
Art Farmer holds a special place in my heart. In 1978, the trumpeter was the first musician I ever interviewed on the radio, and he proved to be as gracious and responsive as one
Sudheendra Kulkarni talks about Gandhi at Mount Holyoke College by newenglandpublicradio