Duke Ellington was the envy of bandleaders far and wide for the privilege he enjoyed in presenting Johnny Hodges as a member of his orchestra for nearly 40 years. Notwithstanding a four-year
Horace Silver says that his father was “greatly offended” the first time he saw the term “funky” applied to his son in Downbeat. “What do they mean, you’re funky. You take a bath every day.” Horace adds, “He didn’t ...
I've dug deeply into Charlie Haden's recorded legacy since his death on Friday. I'm impressed all over again by how vast and varied his output was, and humbled to acknowledge how easy it is to take such creative achievement for granted.
Lennie Sogoloff died today. He was the proprietor of Lennie's-on-the-Turnpike, a hallowed jazz club on Route 1 in West Peabody, Mass, that Lennie operated between 1951 and '71.