Billie Holiday sings “My Man”

So much of Billie Holiday’s art, including her fondness for the French ballad “My Man,” underscores the pathos of her life and the masochistic tendencies […]

Miles Davis and the Young Philadelphians

An Audience with Miles

Last year, as I was watching an appearance by Miles Davis on Time Out, a Philadelphia talk show hosted by Bill Boggs, I was surprised to see John Swana, Christian McBride, and Joey DeFrancesco among the young players whom Boggs thought to include in the show.

Lester Young Plays and Talks

Polka Dots and a Blindfold Test

Here’s some choice Lester Young material to complement the feature I’m presenting on him this week in Jazz à la Mode. My focus is Lester’s […]

Warren Wolf in Concert

There’ll be good vibes in the Valley next week. Warren Wolf is this year’s Billy Taylor Artist-in-Residence at the University of Massachusetts. He’ll perform at […]

Luther “Georgia Boy” Johnson

A Chicago Bluesman in Roxbury With Worcester's Babe Pino and Brookline's Bob Margolin

During a visit to Boston last weekend, I drove to Dudley Square in Roxbury to catch a glimpse of the Highland Tap, a nightclub I […]

Clark Terry and Quincy Jones

60 Years of Collaboration

Clark Terry’s willingness to share his musical gifts and insights has made him one of the most beloved figures in jazz history. The widely-reported visit […]

Birdman Composer Antonio Sanchez

A great score disqualified from Oscar consideration

I saw Birdman this afternoon and was enthralled from beginning to end by the movie’s screenplay, cinematography, score, and cast. I’d noticed the name Antonio […]

Miles Davis All Stars

At Work on Christmas Eve

Miles Davis had a genius for making the most of limitations, whether they involved his own as a trumpeter, or others whose playing compelled him, […]