JAZZIZ Exclusive: Anthony Strong live big band tracks

Following his 2015 big band album On a Clear Day, British jazz singer-pianist Anthony Strong showcases four live tracks recorded in concert with the Danish Radio Big Band. The stream is available…

The past, present and future of “In Movement”

In the mid-60’s, a young Jack DeJohnette attended a John Coltrane concert at a Chicago music venue. At the time, DeJohnette was a young talented composer, drummer and pianist and was making…

Count Basie Theatre to keep its name for another century

The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, will continue to keep its name for another century thanks to a new agreement struck between the nonprofit organization that runs the theater…

Carla Bley, with the passing of time

On May 6, Carla Bley celebrated her 80th birthday. Five days later, on May 11, her latest album Andando el Tiempo was released on ECM Records. Produced by Manfred Eicher, the album…

Man who stole money from Cecil Taylor jailed

Noel Muir, a Long Island contractor who lived next door to pianist Cecil Taylor, has pleaded guilty to larceny after stealing nearly $500,000 in prize money from the free-jazz legend.   Muir…

#Sinatra100 – The traumatic birth of Frank Sinatra

By Matt Micucci This year marks the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s greatest and most iconic entertainers of the twentieth century – Frank Sinatra. In this series of entries on…

Cedar Walton – “Martha’s Prize”

A member of Art Blakey’s sextet in the 1960s, Walton was a leading voice in the development of hard-bop piano, possessed of a style that welded meticulous technical execution to an exuberant sense of swing.

Ahmad Jamal – “But Not For Me”

‘At the Pershing: But Not For Me’ was a breakout album for Ahmad Jamal, introducing the world at large to a pianist with a refreshingly minimalist style and an exceptional feel for dynamics.

JAZZIZ Backstage Pass: Joe Lovano

We spoke to Lovano about the release of his ECM leader debut and its significance in his discography, as well as his long list of musical influences, which includes Ornette Coleman and Third Stream composer Gunther Schuller. 

A Short History of ... "I Remember Yesterday"
A Short History of … “I Remember Yesterday”

In the mid-’60s, a young American singer named LaDonna Adrian Gaines landed a role in a touring production of the iconic musical Hair. The production traveled to Munich, Germany, and she decided…

Abigail Rockwell – “So In Love”

“This album was born from beauty and friction,” said Rockwell. “It is my love letter to the East and West coasts: the craggy edges of the East, the vast expanses of the West, and all the dark alleyways in between.”

Dig In: Bossa Nova Essentials

In the ’60s, as new subgenres like free-jazz, hard-bop, modal jazz and fusion began to flourish stateside, over in Brazil, a group of chic, melody-minded composers were engaged in their own jazz experiment.

Max Roach – “Freedom Day”

Legendary drummer Max Roach was born on this day — January 1 — in North Carolina in 1924 (though some say he was actually born in 1925). Lauded for his hard-charging rhythmic…

Betty Carter – “You’re Mine You”

Vocalist Betty Carter was among the most respected mentor-performers of her day, famous for bringing young, up-and-coming musicians on tour and honing their talent on the road.

A Short History of … “Street Life”

In 1954, pianist Joe Sample, saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer Stix Hooper formed The Swingsters in Houston, Texas. They were soon joined by trombonist Wayne Henderson, flutist Hubert Laws and bassist Henry…

Sasha Masakowski "Sister" Video Premiere
Sasha Masakowski “Sister” Video Premiere

Sasha Masakowski grew up in a musicians’ home. Her father, Steve, is an acclaimed jazz guitarist and her mother, Ulrike, is a concert pianist and visual artist. She was also born in…

Chano Pozo – “Manteca”

“Manteca,” by percussionist Chano Pozo and the Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Orchestra, served as a prototype for the genre of music that would come to be known as Latin jazz. 

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