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.
Joe Temperley died on May 11. He was 86. Joe was a charter member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and it wasn’t solely […]
“You have to think beyond your time.” That’s how Wynton Marsalis described the challenge of appreciating styles and sounds that precede one’s era. His adage […]
In the mid-sixties, “PB” conceived the idea of bringing jazz artists to Hartford in an effort to quell urban unrest and unite communities through the grace and power of music. From the start, he got fast and ready cooperation from those he called upon, and beginning in 1967, he presented the Adderley Brothers, Muddy Waters, and Clark Terry’s Big Band in the Garden Area Center of Hartford’s North End.
Benny Carter’s been a favorite of mine ever since I bought his Jazz Giant album around 1970. Carter’s alto is always bright and affirmative, and […]
Today is John Lewis’s 96th birthday anniversary. Lewis grew up in Albuquerque, where he heard Lester Young in the early thirties, and graduated from the […]