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 […]

Small Group Jazz Performances: Part IV

Read Part III. 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 […]

Dizzy Gillespie

In the nearly one hundred years of recorded jazz, it’s challenging to think about what innovations sounded like at the time of conception since everything is available at an individual’s fingertips. Dizzy Gillespie blazed a fiery trail of virtuosity that […]

Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian brought electric guitar to the forefront of jazz. Today, when electric guitar is so commonplace with distortion, synthesizers and other effects, it’s challenging to imagine the great strides he made. Passing away at the age of 25, Christian […]

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 free jazz styles that include literally hundreds of noteworthy performances. Choosing prime examples from what has been recorded is always a difficult […]

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, 1949) Lennie Tristano: piano, Warne Marsh: tenor saxophone, Lee Konitz: alto saxophone, Billy Bauer: guitar, Arnold Fishkin: bass, Harold Granowsky: […]