Dizzy Gillespie

In the nearly one hundred years of recorded jazz, it’s challenging to think about what innovations sounded like at the […]

Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian brought electric guitar to the forefront of jazz. Today, when electric guitar is so commonplace with distortion, synthesizers […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part III

Read Part II.  The time period of 1945-1965 contains four distinct stylistic shifts– bebop, cool jazz, hard bop and the […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part II

Read Part I . Here are four more important small group jazz performances in recorded history. Lennie Tristano: Wow (Capitol, […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part I

This entry begins a series on small group performances in jazz history which are milestones for fans, and musicians. Many […]

Charlie Parker

Very few artists in jazz have had the impact of Charlie “Bird” Parker. “Bird” changed the music dramatically, and like […]

Marc Mommaas’ “Irreversible Momentum” by CJ Shearn

Marc Mommaas is a multifaceted saxophonist, and jazz educator who is free of boundaries; freedom is the very essence of […]

Bud Powell

The shift from swing to bebop was heavily changing the jazz landscape, the music ceased popularity with a mainstream audience. […]

Alexander Technique for Musicians

Have you ever heard of the Alexander Technique? Maybe a colleague took a class while studying music at a university, […]

Talking about “Kin” (<-->) with Pat Metheny: by CJ Shearn

Pat Metheny has been one of the greatest musicians in jazz or any other genre over the past 30 plus […]

Miles Davis 50 Years Ago : My Funny Valentine

A little appreciation of February 12th, and not just because it’s Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. On that date in 1964, Miles […]

Teddy Wilson

A seminal figure in the swing to bop movement, Teddy Wilson is known for his lightly swinging, effervescent style; a […]