Today is Carmen McRae’s 94th birthday anniversary. Born in Harlem to a Costa Rican-born father and Jamaican-born mother, Carmen came of age with modern jazz […]
If you don’t love Billie Holiday already, this should do it.
Yesterday was the pianist and composer Randy Weston’s 90th birthday. Willard Jenkins, who collaborated with the 6’7″ pianist on his 2010 autobiography, African Rhythms, reported […]
Thad Jones’s 93rd birthday anniversary was March 28. Born in 1923, he was the middle of the three illustrious Jones brothers of Pontiac, Michigan (pianist […]
Ernestine Anderson died in Seattle on March 10 at 87. The Houston native got an early start singing in church before crossing the chalk line […]
“Very little about the tenor saxophonist Lester Young was unoriginal,” wrote Whitney Balliett in one of the most memorable of his jazz musician profiles forThe […]
I chuckled this morning reading an article touting the bassist Christian McBride for this Grammy-winning solo on what the writer referred to as “a tune […]
Credit the respect Duke Ellington had earned elsewhere in the world with making it necessary for New Orleans to begin getting its act together before a bonafide jazz festival would be presented in the city of the music’s birth.
I heard someone on the radio last week saying that the invention of the electric guitar was one of the most epochal events in human […]
Lalama was born into a musical family in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 65 years ago today. He told All About Jazz that his mother was a professional singer who performed until she was eight months pregnant with him. “I was in her womb hearing these tunes live on the stage. I was hearing that vibration. It happened naturally…the…Songbook…is in my blood.”