Yesterday was the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Roy Eldridge. As he says up front in this BBC radio documentary, he was short and slight of build, and that earned him the nickn
Notwithstanding the essential role that records and CD’s play in the documenting of an artist’s or ensemble’s work; or in the writing of jazz history; or the private pleasures they bring listeners
Joe Albany wasn’t the first seeker to find his true voice in jazz, but he was among the more forthright about what the music meant to him. In the 1980 documentary, Joe Albany: A
If a change of scene is what you need ‘long about this time of year, the Punta Del Este International Jazz Festival in Uruguay may be good for what ails you. Tenor saxophonist Grant Stewart h
Do you know the Hayden Carruth poem that consists exclusively of The Fantastic Names of Jazz? It comes to mi
One of the greatest pleasures I’ve had as the host of Jazz a la Mode was getting to know Mort Fega, the legendary New York jazz DJ who was one of the most colorful voices in the history of my profe
George Cables posted a note on Facebook today in which he said, “I'm having a great time at Birdland this week with Frank Wess, who's celebrating his 91st birthday today, but you'd never know it!
Here's a link to a feature on Billie Holiday that was posted by the CBC last week.&n
I’m on my way to sing traditional carols and wish “Merry Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad” to my fellow Holyoke parishioners, but wanted to leave you with a few Christmas goodies that I found under th
There’s no shortage of jazz biography and other writings continually adding to the sagging shelves of my bookcases, and an even greater profusion of titles in bl
I quoted from John Pizzarelli’s memoir, World on a String, in yesterday’s blog on Frank Sinatra, and I’m delighted to say that the excerpt is consisten
Today is Frank Sinatra’s 97th birthday anniversary.
Sudheendra Kulkarni talks about Gandhi at Mount Holyoke College by