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.
Johnson, Colombo, and Dave McKenna will always be yoked as New England jazz greats who brought real luster to the region’s music scene for over a half century. They were also among that rare brand of bebop-oriented players who became stylists for all seasons and occasions.
2015 claimed the lives of several major figures in music, some of whom (B.B. King, Clark Terry, Ornette Coleman, Phil Woods, and Allen Toussaint) were […]
That Gary’s the best in the business on baritone saxophone is attested to by his perennial placement as #1 in all the polls, both Critics and, the ultimate endorsement, Readers, i.e., fans.
I spoke with Peter Guralnick on December 17 about his new book, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock’n’Roll. Guralnick, who turned 73 on December 15, […]
The birthdays of two of the most soulful alto saxophonists of all time bookend the weekend. Friday was Houston native Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson’s 98th; Monday is the 81st of Memphis-born Hank Crawford.