George Frazier

On Jazz, Men's Fashion, and Richard Nixon

I can’t help but think of George Frazier when Richard Nixon comes to mind. Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of our 37th President’s resignation. I […]

The New Yorker and Sonny Rollins

From Whitney Balliett to caveat emptor as a chronicler of jazz

By now you’ve probably heard about the silly web post that The New Yorker ran last week purportedly quoting Sonny Rollins (In His Own Words) on his career in jazz.  I was alerted to it by readers wondering…

Phil Woods

Springfield's Jazz Pilgrim

A couple of years ago, The Republican, Springfield’s daily newspaper, reported on the spotty location and neglected grounds around the statue of Samuel Chapin in Merrick Park. […]

Junior Cook/World Series/Funky

Funky Tenor and World Series Accompanist

Horace Silver says that his father was “greatly offended” the first time he saw the term “funky” applied to his son in Downbeat. “What do […]

Charlie Haden, R.I.P., 1937-2014

From the Earth of the Country

I’ve dug deeply into Charlie Haden’s recorded legacy since his death on Friday. I’m impressed all over again by how vast and varied his output was, and humbled to acknowledge how easy it is to take such creative achievement for granted.

Lennie Sogoloff, R.I.P., 1924-2014

Lennie's-on-the-Turnpike founder leaves substantial legacy

Lennie Sogoloff died today. He was the proprietor of Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike, a hallowed jazz club on Route 1 in West Peabody, Mass, that Lennie operated between 1951 and ’71.

“I Remember Clifford”

Benny Golson composed “I Remember Clifford” for his “friend forever,” Clifford Brown. They’d been colleagues in Tadd Dameron’s orchestra in 1953 and had played together […]

Billy Eckstine

Mr. B's Centennial

Today is Billy Eckstine’s 100th birthday anniversary.  The renowned Mr. B was born in Pittsburgh on July 8, 1914, and died there in 1993 at […]