Wynton Marsalis Visits Clark Terry

A Moving Account of Love for An Ailing Master

Clark Terry’s 94th birthday is Sunday. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra paid him a visit on Monday at the hospital in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

A Love Supreme

The Golden Anniversary of John Coltrane's Hymn of Praise

John Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme 50 years ago today. Coltrane’s suite was a wholly original work motivated by a spiritual awakening that brought him to a new level of consciousness when he was in his early 30’s.

John Coltrane

Farewell Tour with Miles Davis in Europe

John Coltrane had already decided to leave Miles Davis when he reluctantly agreed to make a 22-city European tour with the trumpeter in the spring of 1960. Davis’s quintet was part of a Jazz at the Philharmonic package presented by Norman Granz.

Connee Boswell

Ella Fitzgerald made no secret of her admiration for the Boswell Sisters, and for Connee Boswell in particular. “When I was a girl,” said Ella, […]

Bunny Briggs and Jerome Richardson

Bunny Briggs came to Northampton in 1979 to celebrate the premier of the documentary, No Maps on My Taps. Briggs was one of the tap masters at the heart of the film, and he led a tap parade that Sunday down Main Street.

Paul Desmond

Paul Desmond, whose 90th birthday anniversary was November 25, had an agreement with Dave Brubeck that precluded him from making freelance recordings with other pianists. That, as it turned out, was a cloud loaded with silver linings that condensed in the form of guitar players.

Coleman Hawkins in Belgium

Coleman Hawkins was the subject of a beautifully filmed studio session taped in Brussels in 1962. The film was made following Hawk’s appearance at a festival in Dinant, Belgium, the birthplace of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax.

Johnny Mercer

Here’s a terrific clip of the great songwriter Johnny Mercer singing a succession of his tunes as Steve Allen sings other’s songs whose themes conjure Mercer counterparts. “A Foggy Day,” for instance, beckons “Come Rain or Come Shine.”

A Note of Thanks

30 Years of Jazz à la Mode

A special celebration of Jazz à la Mode’s 30th Anniversary is taking place on Sunday, November 16, at the Community Music School of Springfield. The […]

Trumpet Kings on View

Roy Eldridge, Snooky Young, Clark Terry, and Harry Edison

Jazz mythology rightly honors places like Mahogany Hall in New Orleans, the Lincoln Gardens in Chicago, the Sunset Cafe in Kansas City, the Bluebird in Detroit, and Minton’s in New York as sites where the most epochal moments in the music’s history took place.