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 […]
During his lifetime, Ellington received numerous honors and awards including the Paul Revere Plaque from the City of Boston, honorary Doctor of Music degrees from Berklee, Assumption College, and Brown University, and the keys to the City of Worcester.
In this episode of New England Public Radio’s JazzBeat, Jazz a la Mode host Tom Reney celebrates the life and saxophone of the great Johnny Griffin. The scope of Griffin’s career offers us a nice panorama of jazz through the 20th century as African American music, even when it had to move to Europe!
The move to Europe proved salutary for Griff, who continued to find audiences receptive to love notes everywhere he played. Gonzales, who returned to the States, later quipped, “[Johnny] now lives like a country squire on his farm in Holland and travels the world.”
Lionel Hampton’s YOU BETTER KNOW IT was one of the essentials of my early jazz education. I checked it out of the Worcester Public Library […]
There is surprisingly little filmed footage on Gene Ammons, whose 91st birthday anniversary was April 14. Ammons was one of the most revered tenor saxophonists […]