I saw Birdman this afternoon and was enthralled from beginning to end by the movie’s screenplay, cinematography, score, and cast. I’d noticed the name Antonio […]
Miles Davis had a genius for making the most of limitations, whether they involved his own as a trumpeter, or others whose playing compelled him, […]
Yesterday was Hank Crawford’s 80th birthday anniversary. The Memphis native came to prominence with Ray Charles, joining Ray in 1958 and spending several years on […]
Happy Holidays! I hadn’t given much thought to a list of 2014 favorites until today when suddenly a few listeners looking for gift ideas wrote […]
Today is Paul Butterfield’s 72nd birthday anniversary. Yesterday it was announced that the Paul Butterfield Blues Band has been elected to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of […]
Very little of a negative nature was ever expressed about Clifford Brown. The trumpeter was gifted with a beautiful tone, inventive melodic skills, and profound […]
Today marks the birthdays of two unsung masters of modern jazz. It’s pianist Barry Harris’s 85th and trombonist Curtis Fuller’s 80th. Both hail from Detroit, which was […]
Clark Terry’s 94th birthday is Sunday. Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra paid him a visit on Monday at the hospital in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
John Coltrane recorded A Love Supreme 50 years ago today. Coltrane’s suite was a wholly original work motivated by a spiritual awakening that brought him to a new level of consciousness when he was in his early 30’s.
John Coltrane had already decided to leave Miles Davis when he reluctantly agreed to make a 22-city European tour with the trumpeter in the spring of 1960. Davis’s quintet was part of a Jazz at the Philharmonic package presented by Norman Granz.