Bud Powell

The shift from swing to bebop was heavily changing the jazz landscape, the music ceased popularity with a mainstream audience. One of the leaders in the new bebop style was the brilliant pianist Earl Rudolph “Bud” Powell. Born in Harlem, […]

Alexander Technique for Musicians

Frederick Matthias Alexander

Have you ever heard of the Alexander Technique? Maybe a colleague took a class while studying music at a university, or perhaps someone you know took it to help ease some sort of chronic pain. Have you ever wondered what […]

Miles Davis 50 Years Ago : My Funny Valentine

A little appreciation of February 12th, and not just because it’s Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. On that date in 1964, Miles Davis recorded at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, with tenor saxophonist George Coleman, Herbie Hancock on piano, bassist Ron […]

Teddy Wilson

A seminal figure in the swing to bop movement, Teddy Wilson is known for his lightly swinging, effervescent style; a precursor and inspiration for the styles of later pianists such as Hank Jones, and Ahmad Jamal. Born in Austin, Texas […]

Miles Davis: Part III

Between 1973 and 1975, Davis was exploring more directions in which he was trying to bring music back to black audiences. For him, this meant investigating a heavily rhythmic context. From albums such as In Concert At Carnegie Hall(1972) the […]

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 […]