Thelonious Monk

One of the most important, and colorful figures in all of jazz Thelonious Monk’s contributions as innovator were massive. His advances in the harmonic, and rhythmic vocabulary have influenced nearly every pianist that followed, and his relatively brief book of […]

How do I explore an artist’s work?

Exploring artist’s catalogs in jazz can be a rewarding, and daunting proposition. There are so many labels, albums, and at times, phases in a musician’s career it can sometime be challenging to find music that appeals to your taste. Here […]

Antonio Sanchez

When one thinks of creativity, musicality, passion, and consistent challenge, the name of drummer Antonio Sanchez comes to mind. Since his arrival on the major jazz scene in 1997 with pianist Danilo Perez, Antonio has been known for his supreme […]

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock, who has recently celebrated his 75th year, is an innovator, explorer, a trendsetter, and one of music’s greatest composers. Whatever he plays abounds with youthful energy. While the general populace knows the keyboardist primarily for hit tunes including […]

Hiromi Uehara (上原ひろみ)

Since her arrival on the international jazz scene in 2003, Hiromi has been one of the most exciting, engaging, phenomenal and spirited pianists around. When listening to her music, her enthusiasm and passion immediately envelopes the listener. Born in the […]

All Jazz is Fusion: By CJ Shearn

As I sat and listened again recently to selections from the first 12 Weather Report albums it made me think, while hardly a topic of debate with jazz fans (unless they are of the acoustic variety) as it was 35, […]

Chris Potter

Chris Potter is one of the most versatile musicians, in mainstream jazz today. His musical knowledge is vast, the entire tradition of jazz saxophonists from Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker extending through to the post Coltrane and Michael Brecker stylistic models […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part VII

The time period of 1945-1965 contains four distinct stylistic shifts– bebop, cool jazz, hard bop and the free jazz styles that include literally hundreds of noteworthy performances. Choosing prime examples from what has been recorded is always a difficult task, […]

Charlie Haden

Charlie Haden was one of the most significant bassists to emerge after Jimmy Blanton, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Scott LaFaro and Ron Carter. His passing on July 11, 2014 after a lengthy post polio illness has robbed jazz of one […]

Horace Silver

On June 18th, 2014 the jazz world lost a true icon, the great pianist Horace Silver. Horace’s impact on jazz cannot be understated, his legacy as a tremendous composer and bandleader will be felt for decades to come. Along with […]

Blue Note Records @ 75: By CJ Shearn

Blue Note Records, now celebrating its 75th year, has always been a label that has been important in my listening as a fan and collector of jazz. From the time I was 2 years old, and heard an United Artists […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part VI

Read Part V here. The time period of 1945-1965 contains four distinct stylistic shifts– bebop, cool jazz, hard bop and the free jazz styles that include literally hundreds of noteworthy performances. Choosing prime examples from what has been recorded is […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part V

Read Part IV here The time period of 1945-1965 contains four distinct stylistic shifts– bebop, cool jazz, hard bop and the free jazz styles that include literally hundreds of noteworthy performances. Choosing prime examples from what has been recorded is […]