Tadd Dameron: Bebop Romanticist

By Nick Morrison Jazz pianist, arranger and composer Tadd Dameron was born 94 years ago on Feb. 21, 1917, in Cleveland, Ohio. During the 1940s and ’50s, after working for several years as an arranger for big bands (including those of Jimmie Lunceford and Count Basie), Dameron focused his considerable compositional talents on

Dragging The Blues Into The 21st Century

Written by Nick Morrison We’re now a decade into the 21st century, so it’s time to check in on the blues and see how it’s doing in the relatively new world of loops, samples and remixing technology. So far, blues music has proved resilient. The heart and soul of blues

5 Depressing Blues Songs For Christmas

By Nick Morrison The holiday spirit, powerful though it may be, just doesn’t work for everybody: Some folks simply hate the season. Maybe they’re lonely, maybe they’re broke, maybe they’re depressed, maybe they’re killjoys. Whatever the reason, “Jingle Bells” isn’t everyone’s cup of egg nog. If you count yourself among

Phil Woods: Bebop’s New Bird

By Nick Morrison Phil Woods has one of the most distinctive alto saxophone sounds in jazz. He was born on Nov. 2, 1931, joined the bebop revolution in the late ’40s, graduated from Julliard School of Music in 1952 and was recording as bandleader by 1954. Since then, he’s produced more