Very little of a negative nature was ever expressed about Clifford Brown. The trumpeter was gifted with a beautiful tone, inventive melodic skills, and profound […]
Today marks the birthdays of two unsung masters of modern jazz. It’s pianist Barry Harris’s 85th and trombonist Curtis Fuller’s 80th. Both hail from Detroit, which was […]
Clark Terry’s 94th birthday is Sunday. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra paid him a visit on Monday at the hospital in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
John Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme 50 years ago today. Coltrane’s suite was a wholly original work motivated by a spiritual awakening that brought him to a new level of consciousness when he was in his early 30’s.
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 of 1960. Davis’s quintet was part of a Jazz at the Philharmonic package presented by Norman Granz.
Ella Fitzgerald made no secret of her admiration for the Boswell Sisters, and for Connee Boswell in particular. “When I was a girl,” said Ella, […]
Bunny Briggs came to Northampton in 1979 to celebrate the premier of the documentary, No Maps on My Taps. Briggs was one of the tap masters at the heart of the film, and he led a tap parade that Sunday down Main Street.
Paul Desmond, whose 90th birthday anniversary was November 25, had an agreement with Dave Brubeck that precluded him from making freelance recordings with other pianists. That, as it turned out, was a cloud loaded with silver linings that condensed in the form of guitar players.
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.
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.”