Hank Jones Redux

I consider myself a devoted Hank Jones fan. The pianist’s conception, which drew on Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, and Bud Powell, is one of the most elegant and engaging in modern jazz. Saxophonist Joe Lovano, who worked extensively…

Butch Warren

Butch Warren’s 75th birthday anniversary was a month ago. The bassist was born Edward Rudolph Warren, Jr. in Washington, D.C. on August 8, 1939. Herbie […]

Art Pepper

The saxophone legend in rare concert footage

Art Pepper was born 89 years ago today. The Los Angeles native was 56 when he died in 1982, leaving behind a substantial recorded legacy […]

Lester Young in Hollywood

Pres plays Benny's Bugle

I found this rarity by Lee and Lester Young on YouTube this morning and was only its 100th viewer. It’s an aircheck from a Mutual […]

George Frazier

On Jazz, Men's Fashion, and Richard Nixon

I can’t help but think of George Frazier when Richard Nixon comes to mind. Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of our 37th President’s resignation. I […]

The New Yorker and Sonny Rollins

From Whitney Balliett to caveat emptor as a chronicler of jazz

By now you’ve probably heard about the silly web post that The New Yorker ran last week purportedly quoting Sonny Rollins (In His Own Words) on his career in jazz.  I was alerted to it by readers wondering…

Phil Woods

Springfield's Jazz Pilgrim

A couple of years ago, The Republican, Springfield’s daily newspaper, reported on the spotty location and neglected grounds around the statue of Samuel Chapin in Merrick Park. […]

Junior Cook/World Series/Funky

Funky Tenor and World Series Accompanist

Horace Silver says that his father was “greatly offended” the first time he saw the term “funky” applied to his son in Downbeat. “What do […]