Small Group Jazz Performances: Part VIII

“Summertime” from Bam, Bam, Bam (Concord Jazz, 1988) Ray Brown Trio: Gene Harris: piano, Ray Brown: bass, Jeff Hamilton: drums. […]

Thelonious Monk

One of the most important, and colorful figures in all of jazz Thelonious Monk’s contributions as innovator were massive. His […]

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 […]

Antonio Sanchez

When one thinks of creativity, musicality, passion, and consistent challenge, the name of drummer Antonio Sanchez comes to mind. Since […]

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock, who has recently celebrated his 75th year, is an innovator, explorer, a trendsetter, and one of music’s greatest […]

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 […]

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, […]

Chris Potter

Chris Potter is one of the most versatile musicians, in mainstream jazz today. His musical knowledge is vast, the entire […]

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 […]

Charlie Haden

Charlie Haden was one of the most significant bassists to emerge after Jimmy Blanton, Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Scott LaFaro […]

Horace Silver

On June 18th, 2014 the jazz world lost a true icon, the great pianist Horace Silver. Horace’s impact on jazz […]

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 […]