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: […]

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 styles will be represented along with brief descriptions and personnel. Jazz At the Philharmonic: How High The Moon (Clef/Norgran, 1947) […]

Charlie Parker

Very few artists in jazz have had the impact of Charlie “Bird” Parker. “Bird” changed the music dramatically, and like so many innovators did so in a short burst of time. There have not been many alto saxophonists since Bird, […]