Iron Horse Memories

The Jazz Legacy of a Northampton Institution

Jordi Herold opened the Iron Horse in 1979, and for the better part of 25 years offered a comprehensive array of jazz, blues, folk, roots […]

Scott Hamilton on View

Sublime swing as a career-long pursuit-- and achievement

On the few occasions when I’ve said hello to Scott Hamilton, he’s been just as shy and diffident as he is here with Peter Appleyard in a 1977 appearance in Toronto. Perhaps that’s why there’s a paucity of cover stories and interviews with the Providence native in the jazz press.

Gerald Wilson, R.I.P.

Gerald Wilson died on Monday at the age of 96. The renowned trumpeter and bandleader was an active performer and recording artist until a couple of years ago, so he covered a lot of ground, and as an arranger he worked with just about everyone in the business.

Hank Jones Redux

I consider myself a devoted Hank Jones fan. The pianist’s conception, which drew on Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, and Bud Powell, is one of the most elegant and engaging in modern jazz. Saxophonist Joe Lovano, who worked extensively…

Butch Warren

Butch Warren’s 75th birthday anniversary was a month ago. The bassist was born Edward Rudolph Warren, Jr. in Washington, D.C. on August 8, 1939. Herbie […]

Art Pepper

The saxophone legend in rare concert footage

Art Pepper was born 89 years ago today. The Los Angeles native was 56 when he died in 1982, leaving behind a substantial recorded legacy […]

Lester Young in Hollywood

Pres plays Benny's Bugle

I found this rarity by Lee and Lester Young on YouTube this morning and was only its 100th viewer. It’s an aircheck from a Mutual […]

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…