Miles Davis: Part II

By September 1964, the final piece in what would be known as the “Second Great Quintet” was now in place: tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Davis had hired the avant garde phenom, Sam Rivers for a tour of Japan in July […]

New York Jazz Workshop Open House

New York Jazz Workshop Open House Foster your passions and hone in your skills in the world capital of jazz To celebrate its new location at the esteemed Michiko Studios at 149 W 46th St. within mere steps of Times […]

Hank Mobley

When many think about the prototypical hard bop tenor, Hank Mobley automatically fits the bill. Known as the “middleweight champion” of the tenor sax, coined by Leonard Feather, Mobley was truly a musicians’ musician. Blessed with a beautiful, buttery tone, […]

Miles Davis: Part I

The name Miles Davis is synonymous in jazz. Not only one of the most important figures of American music in the 20th century, but also one of the most controversial. Davis changed the course of the music at least five […]

What are the elements of Jazz?

What are the elements of Jazz? Jazz is a music with many different elements, and styles. As previously discussed in What Makes Jazz Different from Other Music? the form retains it’s essential character no matter what influences it absorbs. Some of […]

What makes Jazz different from other music?

Many listeners new to Jazz who may be casual, or fans of other music may wonder what makes Jazz different from other music? At times, the sheer amount of artists, recordings and styles seem overwhelming. Especially in the online universe […]

Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd was one of the most consistent trumpeters to come out of the fertile Detroit Jazz scene that immigrated to New York in the mid fifties. Born on December 9th 1932, Byrd possessed a beautiful, round, brassy tone, and […]

Steve Swallow – Falling Grace

Falling Grace

The New York Jazz Workshop Improvisation class is now working on an amazing tune written by Steve Swallow named Falling Grace. Check out Gary Burton and Pat Metheny in Action. Gary sounds spectacular on this tune.

Fats Waller

Fats Waller was one of the consummate entertainers during the early years of Jazz into the swing era. Born in Harlem on May 21st 1904, he grew up surrounded in music. His family was involved in music in the church […]

Art Blakey

Art Blakey for six decades led one of the greatest small group Jazz ensembles in history. The Jazz Messengers was a university for aspiring young players such as Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter, brothers Wynton and Branford Marsalis, James Williams, Mulgrew […]

Chick Webb

Inventive and dynamic, Chick Webb lead one of the most swinging big bands of the 30’s, where he regularly held court at New York’s Savoy Ballroom. Born in Baltimore, Ohio on February 10th 1909, Webb contracted spinal tuberculosis which struck […]

Sarah Vaughn

Easily one of the most visible and well known vocalists of her generation, Sarah Vaughn was gifted with an enormous range that could go from baritone to an operatic soprano. Like her contemporary Ella Fitzgerald, she took on the innovations […]