Yesterday was Kenny Burrell’s 85th birthday. I heard him first on Jimmy Smith’s Back At the Chicken Shack, and first heard his great original “Chitlins Con […]
Known by the dual nicknames Rabbit and Jeep, Hodges’s admirers were a diverse lot. John Coltrane, who began his career playing alto saxophone, cited him as his first influence. He was also a sideman in Hodges’s band in 1953.
In the latest edition of JazzBeat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney uses personal memories and a true love of the blues to bring cultural context to a moment in musical history, when Howlin Wolf appeared on the American TV show Shindig!, through which we can appreciate this American blues master.
Ah, but Pops knew to leave us always wanting a little bit more!
Lee Morgan and Wayne Shorter, two of the most incisive and arresting soloists in modern jazz, made for one of the greatest trumpet/saxophone front lines […]
I hadn’t seen Wallace in at least a decade. Powerfully engaged by the two emerging masters, he sounded as expressive and full-throated as ever riding the harmonic edge of several standards and a trio of originals
Sir Charles Thompson died on June 16 near Tokyo, where he’d lived since 2002. He was 98, and was playing gigs up until a few […]
The Rolling Stones agreed to appear on Shindig! only if Wolf or Muddy Waters were also booked. Wolf was available, and he made the most of it; his finger-wagging, tail-shaking, harmonica-wailing performance of “How Many More Years” ranks as one of the greatest moments in television history.
Beard was little known too, but reports began circulating in the seventies that there was a guitarist playing blues, “as deep as it gets,” in Duke Robillard’s recollection, around Rochester, New York. Robillard recalled this week that he first met Beard when Roomful of Blues, the band he established in Providence in 1968, began playing Rochester. “One of our first regular stops was at the Red Creek Inn in Rochester. We’d play there and then move on to Buffalo and Toronto. Joe would come to see us and we met. Then he sat in with us, and he knocked us out. He was the real deal. Mississippi blues in Rochester. And he was a true gentleman to boot.”
The latest edition of Jazz Beat showcases one of Tom Reney’s favorites, New England pianist Dave McKenna. This essay is a demonstration of jazz styles, and of the sheer joy of being a true fan of great music.