jazz history

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, Nov. 26, 1961 – 2-CD, 3-LP

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...

Jazz 625 for one night only

Picture the scene: on the television set a few days ago, the screen showed a stage with a band of musicians all smartly dressed, each one of them ready to play, there was a slight...

The Jazz Repertory Company’s 2019 Season at Cadogan Hall in London, UK

The Jazz Repertory Company has a quintet of very diverse concerts this year beginning with Paris After Dark featuring the music of Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Django Reinhardt...

Blue Note Records, 80 years on – A brief History.

Eighty years ago on January 6, 1939, a passionate Jazz fan named Alfred Lion produced a recording session in New York City with two Boogie Woogie pianists, founding what would...

The Oscar Peterson Story by Scott Thompson

Born in Montreal, Canada in 1945 to parents from the West Indies, Oscar Peterson became one of the most renowned pianists in jazz history. On February 22-23 in The Appel Room at...

Martin Luther King at the Berlin Jazz Fest in 1964

Update: To celebrate Martin Luther King day we’ve decided to republish this article first published in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of MLK on...

Charles Lloyd & The Marvels: 80th Birthday Celebration

Tenor titan, bandleader, and composer Charles Lloyd has played with everybody from Cannonball Adderley to Howlin’ Wolf. He is a leading figure on the ever-evolving jazz scene...

Maxine Gordon Book Launch| “Sophisticated Giant, The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon”

It’s here, Maxine Gordon’s biography of Dexter Gordon titled “Sophisticated Giant, The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon” is now available. Published by...

Upcoming release – Erroll Garner – NightConcert

There are certain musical artists who have transcended genre limitations, crossing over into other areas of audience appeal. But in very rare cases there are artists who cross...