Benny Golson composed “I Remember Clifford” for his “friend forever,” Clifford Brown. They’d been colleagues in Tadd Dameron’s orchestra in 1953 and had played together […]
Today is Billy Eckstine’s 100th birthday anniversary. The renowned Mr. B was born in Pittsburgh on July 8, 1914, and died there in 1993 at […]
More will be revealed, they say. This morning’s manifest of that spiritual axiom is a newly unearthed interview with Clifford Brown that Willis Conover conducted […]
Jo Jones, who anchored Count Basie’s All-American Rhythm Section in the 1930’s and ‘40’s, embodied a hard-earned musical mastery borne of humility and perseverance. Born […]
I squired my sister Sue around Harlem a couple of Sundays ago after visiting her art studio on 118th Street. We stopped at Sylvia’s for brunch; bought fruit at an open air stand at the fork between St. Nicholas Avenue and St. Nicholas Way; went by Coleman Hawkins’ apartment building on Edgecombe Avenue; and toured Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
I’ll begin my memorial tribute to Horace Silver tonight with “Song for My Father.” With the pianist’s death yesterday at age 85, the tune suddenly has more of an elegiac quality, and not only in regard to its composer and its dedicatee, but to an era of jazz…
I’ve loved Eli “Lucky” Thompson’s mellifluous tenor and soprano saxophone playing since I first heard it on Lucky Strikes about 45 years ago. His name resonates too, even though it’s a misnomer.
I enthused over Ehud Asherie two years ago on this blog, and my appreciation for the pianist only grows. I’ve seen him twice since then, and two or three new recordings have appeared as well, so the Israeli-born New Yorker remains in view.
Jim Hall was featured on the premiere recording of John Lewis’s “Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West” in 1956. The tune, an enchanting blues, alludes to the birthplaces of the five participants on the session…
Today is Monty Alexander’s 70th birthday. The pianist was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and while he’s an outstanding exponent of mainstream grooves, his career began with r&b bands in Kingston and his repertoire has long included blues classics…