The blues-rock icon Michael Bloomfield is the subject of a new 3-CD retrospective produced and “curated” by Al Kooper for Columbia/Legacy. From His Head to His Heart to His Hands includes a smattering of….
Joe Wilder, who died on Friday at 92, was among the accomplished group of players who made the transition from road musician to studio player after the swing era to become part of the most-recorded generation of musicians in history.
I blogged about Mike Bloomfield and Bob Dylan in December, writing here about their first encounter in Chicago in 1963, the crucial role that Bloomfield played backing Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, the beautiful licks he laid down on Highway 61 Revisited…
I’ve lately been enchanted by a couple of Percy Heath features produced by Artists House and posted on the internet. In the first, the great […]
Boston was second only to New York as an important location for Ellington in his early years as a bandleader, and it remained a favored destination till the end.
How’s this for perfect pitch? Jim Hall said he tuned his guitar to Ella Fitzgerald’s voice. “If it was a choice between her and the piano, I would go for her!” Hall’s tenure with Ella was fairly brief, but it included the European tour that yielded one of her most celebrated concert recordings, Ella in Berlin.
The jazz world lost another of its important stewards this weekend. Dr. Herb Wong, a stalwart of the Bay Area jazz scene for over 65 […]
But while Emerson later supported John Brown and abolitionism, he failed to observe the presence or validity of what his spiritual descendant Ralph Waldo Ellison called the “specifically American cultural idioms,” that slaves and their descendants were creating in his midst.
A new documentary on the brass band tradition and its vital influence on jazz in New Orleans.
As if her singing weren’t enough, could one wish for a better listener than Alice Babs? Watch how this Swedish nightingale, after singing Duke Ellington’s “Heaven,” makes way for a solo by Johnny Hodges and takes it all in with a look that inspired Paul Gonsalves to say, “She’s as pretty inside as out.”