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.
Among the most formative experiences I had in developing a love and appreciation for jazz and saloon songs was hearing Dave McKenna at The Columns […]
Call me provincial, but hearing Duke Ellington announce, “Harry Carney has come all the way from Boston, Massachusetts to lead us now into ‘Jam With […]
Fats Waller’s 1941 recording of “Honeysuckle Rose” was billed on the RCA Bluebird label as “à la Bach, à la Beethoven, à la Brahms, à […]
Fresh Air’s review of TRIANGULAR, Ralph Peterson’s new trio release with bassist Luques Curtis and pianist Zaccai Curtis, gives it up not only for the […]
In the latest episode of Jazz Beat, New England Public Radio’s Tom Reney remembers baritone saxophone player Joe Temperley and the impact he made on the jazz world. Hailing from Scotland didn’t separate Joe from this quintessentially American music; on the contrary, the music drew him to America and drew musicians to him.