Celebrating the brilliance of bassist Paul Chambers (1935-1969)

April 22nd would have marked the 83rd birthday of the legendary bassist Paul Chambers.  Jazz  bassists’ role in jazz had […]

What are the effects of jazz music on the brain?

Jazz music’s effects on the brain are vast.  Studies conducted with general listeners in mind showed that listening to the […]

What are some accessible styles of jazz?

Jazz has gone through many developments over the past 100 years, and the music is still developing.  In the period […]

Africa’s impact on jazz

Africa’s impact on jazz has been huge.  Despite the form having a short history of one hundred years, a lot […]

A brief profile of the great Wes Montgomery (1925-1968)

Fifty years ago  in 1968 the world lost Wes Montgomery.  His playing and revolutionary ideas are ingrained into the fabric […]

What qualifies as a jazz festival?

Jazz is a fairly fluid term these days, characterizing music that centers around improvisation as a key element.  Many people […]

A quick look at the the great bassist Jaco Pastorius

Thirty one years ago, Jaco Pastorius tragically left this planet. His innovations to the bass have been so ingrained into […]

Not So Standard Methodology: Brian Kastan in Conversation with CJ Shearn

In addition to featuring the greatest names in this music I also give space to up and comers on the […]

Manifesto Of A Bad Hombre: Antonio Sanchez In Conversation with CJ Shearn

AntonioSanchezpodcast Welcome to the latest edition of the New York Jazz Workshop podcast ladies and gentleman, I’m your host CJ […]

Strykin’ Ahead: Dave Stryker In Conversation with CJ Shearn

davestrykerpodcast Guitarist Dave Stryker has been striking ahead as one of the best jazz guitarists on the scene for over […]

An Appreciation of the Pat Metheny Group’s “Still Life (Talking)” Thirty years on by CJ Shearn

Pat Metheny: acoustic and electric guitars, guitar synthesizers; Lyle Mays: piano, keyboards; Steve Rodby: acoustic and electric basses; Paul Wertico: […]

Adam Rudolph in Conversation with CJ Shearn

Percussionist Adam Rudolph has been called a “pioneer of world music” by the New York Times and rightly so, for […]