Billy Higgins was born 80 years ago today in Los Angeles. Guided by his mother, Higgins began drumming at the age of five and knew by […]
I first heard Sammy Price at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston in 1985. He was around 77 by then, but still a commanding presence […]
Is there a more versatile and accomplished guitar player in popular music than Duke Robillard? Duke excels at blues, jump, swing, and rock’n’roll, and he’s worked […]
John Coltrane had already decided to leave Miles Davis when he reluctantly agreed to make a 22-city European tour with the trumpeter in the spring […]
When I posted a feature (linked below) about Scott Hamilton on his 60th birthday two years ago, Duke Robillard wrote a note of appreciation for […]
What are the odds that on the day Rudy Van Gelder died, I’d already scheduled for Jazz à la Mode an album– Wayne Shorter’s Adam’s Apple– that was recorded at his studio?
The latest edition of Jazz Beat delivers some great music along with an appreciation of the great jazz saxophonist Houston Person. Person, who frequently plays in Western New England, is an exemplar of why the role of “keeper of the flame” is essential to the tradition and future of jazz.
Notwithstanding his promising start on the hotly competitive New York scene, Smith left after three months with Silver to begin a career as a teacher, first in the public schools in Atlanta, then on to his alma mater Tennessee State University, and finally to the University of Michigan, where he taught music and served as band director.
Bobby Hutcherson died on Monday, August 15 at his home in Montara, California. He was 75 and had battled emphysema for several years. McCoy Tyner […]
As listeners to Jazz à la Mode know, Rene Marie is one of the most frequently heard singers in the show. I usually need to […]