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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Times Three: A Conversation with Antonio Sanchez by CJ Shearn

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

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 […]

Dizzy Gillespie

In the nearly one hundred years of recorded jazz, it’s challenging to think about what innovations sounded like at the […]

Charlie Christian

Charlie Christian brought electric guitar to the forefront of jazz. Today, when electric guitar is so commonplace with distortion, synthesizers […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Charlie Parker

Very few artists in jazz have had the impact of Charlie “Bird” Parker. “Bird” changed the music dramatically, and like […]