I belong to a Facebook group called “Jam Of The Week.” Each week, the group’s founder, a wonderful Portland trumpet player named Farnell Newton, picks a jazz tune, and any musician from anywhere in the world can post a video of himself or herself playing a one chorus solo over the tune. In about a month [...]
Brackeen, the only female alumnus of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, plays originals, standards and a few Ornette Coleman-inspired tunes with host Marian McPartland.
Sutton and host Michael Feinstein compare back-to-back versions of jazz standards “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Without a Song” in a session.
Host Marian McPartland talks to her longtime friend and idol on the first episode, recorded in 1978 with Williams and bassist Ronnie Boykins.
“The beauty was in the rawness,” says the violinist, who based her latest album around field recordings from the American South.
In January, the North American jazz drummer Harris Eisenstadt spent two weeks studying percussion in Matanzas and Havana. Here’s what he gained from the experience.
The song “Juke” by Little Walter Jacobs might not sound revolutionary to modern ears, but when it first came out in 1951, nobody had ever had heard harmonica played like this — ever. It really has an aggressive, in-your-face sound. To really grasp the change that Little Walter made, we have to put the sound [...]
What was the first recorded rock and roll song? Before we can answer that question, we have to go back and figure out the ingredients of rock and roll. We can identify three most important ingredients: gospel, jump and blues. 1. Blues For Raw Emotion And The Dominant Guitar Let’s start with the blues element, [...]
The young trumpeter may be the most buzzed-about, sought-after player of his generation. Does the broad vision of his new album live up to the outsized expectations?
The Baltimore native plays mean piano and drums, but he’s made his biggest mark as a bandleader with his mallets. The jazz vibraphonist visits his alma mater to lead his quintet in concert.