Birdman Composer Antonio Sanchez

A great score disqualified from Oscar consideration

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 All Stars

At Work on Christmas Eve

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, […]

Hank Crawford

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 […]

2014 Jazz à la Mode Favorites

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 […]

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The Rock Hall of Fame Recognizes a Groundbreaking Band

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 […]

Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown

It Was 60 Years Ago Today

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 […]

Barry Harris and Curtis Fuller

Happy Birthdays to Two Keepers of the Flame

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 […]

Wynton Marsalis Visits Clark Terry

A Moving Account of Love for An Ailing Master

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.

A Love Supreme

The Golden Anniversary of John Coltrane's Hymn of Praise

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

Farewell Tour with Miles Davis in Europe

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.