Brian Zimmerman
Brian Zimmerman

Brian Zimmerman is the Digital Content Editor of JAZZIZ Magazine. His writing has appeared in DownBeat Magazine, The Broward/Palm Beach New Times and The Forward. He graduated from the University of Florida and currently resides near Miami, where he can be seen playing trumpet and bass in local bands.

Sitting In: Joe Locke’s ‘Great Vibes’ Playlist

“I hope this playlist will serve to expose the listener to some lesser-known, but amazingly gifted artists,” says Locke. “Many of the tracks here served to inspire me on my own journey. I’m forever grateful to the great vibes players who created them.”


Sonny Rollins – “The Bridge”

On this date in 1962, saxophonist Sonny Rollins wrapped the recording session for his album The Bridge at RCA Victor Studio B in New York, laying down to final tunes — “Without a Song” and “The Bridge” — before committing the record to wax.


Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd – “Samba De Uma Nota So”

On this date in 1962, saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd — Brazilophiles both — came together at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., to record Jazz Samba, one of America’s earliest known recordings of bossa nova.


Miles Davis – “My Funny Valentine (Live)”

On this date in 1964, trumpeter Miles Davis performed a concert at the Philharmonic Hall of Lincoln Center in New York City with a quintet that featured George Coleman on tenor saxophone, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums and Herbie Hancock on piano.


Listen to the 2019 Jazz Grammy Winners

Trumpeter-bandleader John Daversa, vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant, drummer Steve Gadd and saxophone icon Wayne Shorter were among the big winners in the jazz categories of the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.


Hank Mobley – “Soul Station”

Mobley, a stalwart of East Coast hard-bop, is in peak form here, playing with a combination of muscle and high polish on tunes that range from gritty blues to winsome ballads.


Natalie Cole – “Inseparable”

Natalie Cole, daughter of famed jazz singer Nat “King” Cole, was born on this day (February 6) in 1950. “Inseparable,” today’s Song of the Day, comes from her 1975 album of the same name.


February 2019 Issue

In this issue, we delve into the raw yet refined art of pianist Myra Melford, chat with Larry Grenadier about his first solo bass recording and check in with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, guitarist Bobby Broom, drummer Allison Miller and more.


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