A Fan’s Notes: Newport Jazz Festival 2014

Over the course of three days last week my response to the jazz is dead proclamation changed from “oh really, that’s a shame,” to “you’ve got to be kidding, music this vital will never die.” I want to say at the outset ...

10 Essential Albums for Starting a Jazz Collection

If I’ve seen it once I’ve seen it a hundred times. Someone just getting into jazz ventures online looking for some music to start with, and is instantly inundated with about 500 different choices. Everyone has their own ideas about the ...

Remembering Brubeck: Musicians Reflect On Pianist’s Legacy

Dave Brubeck was a towering figure in American jazz and American music in general. His band recorded one of the few jazz tunes that the average person on the street might recognize, even if they don’t know they name. (It’s called ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 3/4/11 (Five-Star Jazz)

The concept behind this week’s mixtape should be self-explanatory. This is a set of some of the best jazz music I’ve ever heard. The trouble with jazz, as most fans would agree, is that it’s really not something that should be ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Hannah and Her Sisters”

I have never been much of a Woody Allen fan and if you were to ask me why, I would respond with, “I don’t know.” Of the handful of Allen films I’ve seen — and I do really mean a handful, as ...