Coleman Hawkins in Belgium

Coleman Hawkins was the subject of a beautifully filmed studio session taped in Brussels in 1962. The film was made following Hawk’s appearance at a festival in Dinant, Belgium, the birthplace of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax.

Johnny Mercer

Here’s a terrific clip of the great songwriter Johnny Mercer singing a succession of his tunes as Steve Allen sings other’s songs whose themes conjure Mercer counterparts. “A Foggy Day,” for instance, beckons “Come Rain or Come Shine.”

A Note of Thanks

30 Years of Jazz à la Mode

A special celebration of Jazz à la Mode’s 30th Anniversary is taking place on Sunday, November 16, at the Community Music School of Springfield. The […]

Trumpet Kings on View

Roy Eldridge, Snooky Young, Clark Terry, and Harry Edison

Jazz mythology rightly honors places like Mahogany Hall in New Orleans, the Lincoln Gardens in Chicago, the Sunset Cafe in Kansas City, the Bluebird in Detroit, and Minton’s in New York as sites where the most epochal moments in the music’s history took place.

Houston Person

Happy 80th Birthday!

Today is Houston Person’s 80th birthday. We’ll hear the tenor saxophonist throughout tonight’s Jazz à la Mode. Here’s a piece I wrote on the Florence, South Carolina native in 2012.

Jimmy Greene Releases Beautiful Life

Remembering the Life of Ana Grace

“Love wins,” is how Jimmy Greene concludes the liner note essay he’s written for his new recording, Beautiful Life. That’s a powerful statement coming from a man whose daughter’s life was taken…

Phil Woods on View

The Master at 83

Yesterday was Phil Woods’s 83rd birthday. I wrote about Woods in August when he performed at the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival and was honored by Mayor Sarno with a proclamation and the keys to the city.

Dave McKenna

The fall classic has passed, this year’s capped by a scintillating Game 7, the brilliant pitching of a new folk hero, Madison Bumgarner, and a third ring for the 27-year-old Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval.

Clifford Brown

Brownie on TV and Radio

The only extant footage that’s been discovered of Clifford Brown is from his appearance on “Soupy’s On!” the TV show hosted by Soupy Sales at […]

Dan Morgenstern and Louis Armstrong

Happy 85th Birthday to the Dean of Jazz Critics

Of the many levels of appreciation I have for Dan Morgenstern, first and foremost is the ease with which this man born to a high […]