jazz history

A Foreigner’s Guide to Polish Jazz

Yesterday I happened to be speaking with a colleague who is quite familiar with the current Polish jazz scene. I mentioned the article below, first published here some 7 years...

“Rollins in Holland”: a new important document in jazz history.

It has been a long time since so much attention has been paid in the Netherlands to the release of a jazz album as there has been for “Rollins in Holland”. The double...

Forgotten Jazz Orchestras: Billy Eckstine

In the years between 1939 and 1945, three different but somewhat related styles of music grew out of swing: rhythm and blues, spearheaded by Louis Jordan, the early-1940s Lionel...

Jazz Etymologies

Editor’s note: Recently,  renown jazz historian, educator, and author of “The History of European Jazz“, Francesco Martinelli published an interesting article...

Gearbox Records to release final Buddy Rich recording.

Today, Gearbox Records and the Buddy Rich Estate announced the forthcoming release of the last-ever recording of American drumming legend, Buddy Rich. Titled ‘Just In Time: The...

Nat King Cole, Will Friedwald speaks about his legacy.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nat King Cole, easily one of America’s most iconic African American musicians of his time. While largely known for his...

New from Jimmy Cobb featuring Roy Hargrove – ‘Remembering U’

Legendary Drummer Jimmy Cobb Still Swinging After All These Years ‘Remembering U’  features guest appearance by the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove. A consummate...

Josephine Baker and her light that must always shine

At a time when the world is in such disarray, there has never been a more important or more poignant time to remember that everything and anything is possible. The belief that you...

The Trouble With Artie Shaw

Arthur Arshawsky, known publicly and professionally as Artie Shaw, was clearly one of the greatest clarinetists of the 20th century. He was also an excellent jazz improviser, but...

Getz at the Gate – The Stan Getz Quartet Live at The Village gate.

Previously unreleased live recording of Stan Getz at New York’s Village Gate to be released via Verve/UMe on June 14th Features an all-star, rarely-heard quartet with...

Glen Miller | A comprehensive view of a musical mind.

Not one friend my age, when growing up, understood my youthful passion for the music of Glenn Miller. It wasn’t that he was an enigma, or that his band belonged to another...