Connee Boswell

Ella Fitzgerald made no secret of her admiration for the Boswell Sisters, and for Connee Boswell in particular. “When I was a girl,” said Ella, […]

Bunny Briggs and Jerome Richardson

Bunny Briggs came to Northampton in 1979 to celebrate the premier of the documentary, No Maps on My Taps. Briggs was one of the tap masters at the heart of the film, and he led a tap parade that Sunday down Main Street.

Paul Desmond

Paul Desmond, whose 90th birthday anniversary was November 25, had an agreement with Dave Brubeck that precluded him from making freelance recordings with other pianists. That, as it turned out, was a cloud loaded with silver linings that condensed in the form of guitar players.

Coleman Hawkins in Belgium

Coleman Hawkins was the subject of a beautifully filmed studio session taped in Brussels in 1962. The film was made following Hawk’s appearance at a festival in Dinant, Belgium, the birthplace of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax.

Johnny Mercer

Here’s a terrific clip of the great songwriter Johnny Mercer singing a succession of his tunes as Steve Allen sings other’s songs whose themes conjure Mercer counterparts. “A Foggy Day,” for instance, beckons “Come Rain or Come Shine.”

A Note of Thanks

30 Years of Jazz à la Mode

A special celebration of Jazz à la Mode’s 30th Anniversary is taking place on Sunday, November 16, at the Community Music School of Springfield. The […]

Trumpet Kings on View

Roy Eldridge, Snooky Young, Clark Terry, and Harry Edison

Jazz mythology rightly honors places like Mahogany Hall in New Orleans, the Lincoln Gardens in Chicago, the Sunset Cafe in Kansas City, the Bluebird in Detroit, and Minton’s in New York as sites where the most epochal moments in the music’s history took place.

Houston Person

Happy 80th Birthday!

Today is Houston Person’s 80th birthday. We’ll hear the tenor saxophonist throughout tonight’s Jazz à la Mode. Here’s a piece I wrote on the Florence, South Carolina native in 2012.

Jimmy Greene Releases Beautiful Life

Remembering the Life of Ana Grace

“Love wins,” is how Jimmy Greene concludes the liner note essay he’s written for his new recording, Beautiful Life. That’s a powerful statement coming from a man whose daughter’s life was taken…

Phil Woods on View

The Master at 83

Yesterday was Phil Woods’s 83rd birthday. I wrote about Woods in August when he performed at the Springfield Jazz & Roots Festival and was honored by Mayor Sarno with a proclamation and the keys to the city.