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 […]
What a find! Here’s the Max Roach Quintet, complete with an interview, at the Alhambra in Paris in 1960. Note the emphasis Max places on […]
Mose Allison, who died on November 15, four days after his 89th birthday, told NPR in 1986 that his songs could be grouped in three […]
“…I thought, that’s the right cat; looks like he got some soul and might listen.”
What Phil also remembered from that day [with Bird] was an experience that I think most young fans of jazz and blues discover, namely the accessibility of the masters. As Phil put it, “Here was one of the greatest musicians in the world. There was no presidium. There was no pretense. It was, ‘You want a piece of pie.’ What kindness!”