Alas, the Worcester-born pianist Barbara Carroll has died at age 92. My Worcester-born mother told me about her the first time I mentioned jazz, for […]
As for fame, Wardell Gray, who composed “Twisted” and was depicted as an iconic jazzman in Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, was a brilliant, in-demand saxophonist, influenced by Lester Young and the new direction that jazz was taking in the mid-forties. He worked for a Who’s Who of bandleaders including Earl Hines, Benny Carter, Billy Eckstine, Benny Goodman, and Count Basie, and with such trailblazing colleagues as Charlie Parker and Dexter Gordon.
Stan Getz died twenty-six years ago on June 6, 1991. Jazz à la Mode was a ninety-minute show back then, and I spent several nights […]
Count Basie introduces Jimmy Forrest as “my man” in this rare footage of the saxophonist from a 1974 concert filmed in Poland.
Nat Hentoff, a restless, uncompromising paragon of modern, independent journalism, died on January 7 in New York at the age of 91. His family was […]
Dizzy Reece‘s 85th birthday was yesterday. Alphonso Son Reece was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on January 5, 1931, and after attending a school renowned for […]
Wess may have been the last saxophonist in the Count’s realm to have had a direct link to Lester Young, and to the glorious tenor tradition of the Swing Era.
Season’s Greetings! As your dutiful host of Jazz à la Mode, I maintain a fairly breathless pace keeping up with the great music that continues to issue from the jazz world. Here are 45 albums that stood out along the way in 2016.
Time Magazine may feel differently, but I can’t see anyone making a claim on 2016 as their year more than the President of the Tenor […]
Today is Wynton Kelly’s 85th birthday anniversary. He’s best known for his work with Miles Davis and as the pianist who played “Freddie Freeloader” on […]