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.”
Billy Childs presented a magnificent, heart warming concert of Laura Nyro’s music at Sanders Theater in Cambridge on January 22. The performance drew on Childs’s […]
I heard “Rocket 88” by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats only once before I bought it, but the two events were separated by almost […]
Today’s national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. brings to mind Sam Cooke’s song, “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Cooke’s civil rights anthem of […]
Pablo was Norman Granz’s baby, and while fans of Ella, Oscar, Basie, Zoot Sims, Milt Jackson, and Sarah Vaughan remain grateful for the wide variety of settings he produced them in, it was Pass who enjoyed a first and lasting brush with fame through Granz’s efforts.