Jazz April Birthday: Herbie Mann

Written by Robin Lloyd Herbie Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was jazz music’s preeminent flautist during the 1960s, an early pioneer of the fusion of jazz and world music. When Mann began playing flute in 1940s, there weren’t many jazz flautists to learn from, no pioneers of

Yip Harburg: A Lyricist For The Ages

By Nick Morrison During his 84 years on the planet, Yip Harburg contributed brilliant lyrics to some of the finest melodies of the American popular song canon. Most of his songs were originally written for Broadway shows or Hollywood musicals. Finian’s Rainbow is probably his most popular stage work, but he’s best

A List Of 5 Songs About … Lists

Many jazz standards are themselves about making lists. Here are five of them, including Louis Armstrong’s take on “Let’s Do It,” Johnny Hartman’s version of “These Foolish Things” and a classic reading of Jobim’s “Waters of March.”

Cold Weather Blues: 5 songs that feel your mid-winter pain

Written by Nick Morrison In the Western Hemisphere, January is typically the coldest month of the year.  Most of us feel that if we can somehow drag ourselves through January, things will begin to turn around and we’ll be on the road to springtime. But January is also typically the