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, […]

Hank Crawford

Yesterday was Hank Crawford’s 80th birthday anniversary. The Memphis native came to prominence with Ray Charles, joining Ray in 1958 and spending several years on […]

2014 Jazz à la Mode Favorites

Happy Holidays! I hadn’t given much thought to a list of 2014 favorites until today when suddenly a few listeners looking for gift ideas wrote […]

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The Rock Hall of Fame Recognizes a Groundbreaking Band

Today is Paul Butterfield’s 72nd birthday anniversary. Yesterday it was announced that the Paul Butterfield Blues Band has been elected to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of […]

Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

It Was 60 Years Ago Today

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 […]