jazz history

s’wonderful Ella Fitzgerald Live in Amsterdam 1957 & 1960 Reviewed by Peter Beije

The ease with which she sings, the musicality, the range of her voice, her control and diction. Ella Fitzgerald truly is one of the greatest jazz singers in history. And what sets...

Turkish Mambo, by Lennie Tristano

The technique of overdubbing is second nature to recording artists and sound engineers. You record layers of musical performances one after another until you are satisfied that...

Chasing Trane ~ The New John Coltrane Documentary

This past week I was at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club to attend the private screening of a new documentary on jazz supreme saxophonist John Coltrane.  The film, written and directed...

Three Views of a Secret, a portrait of Jaco Pastorius

Joe Zawinul was not an easy man to impress, even if you were Jaco Pastorius. On a flight to Japan in 1981, when the rough mixes for what would become his second solo album Word of...

Miles Davis Quintet | It Never Entered My Mind!

In 1955, Bob Weinstock found himself in a tough spot. He was about to lose his most revered recording artist, trumpeter Miles Davis. Weinstock was head of Prestige Records, the...

Gloria’s Step~Bill Evans Trio

One of the most important qualities you seek in a Jazz record is the interplay between the musicians, a kind if musical intimacy that survived the transition from the live visual...

What’s New, by Helen Merrill

If you were a jazz singer in the 50s, regardless of your color and gender chances were your manager and producer would have pushed you into releasing a pop album. The returns on a...

Celebrating Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Happy 100th Birthday – The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Roberta Gambarini, and Kenny Washington celebrate Ella Fitzgerald on April 27–29 in Rose...

Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation partners with Dot Time Records

Dot Time Records is proud to announce its license agreement with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. This newly established agreement will include four previously...

Ahmad Jamal – One of A Kind

As one of the major architects of modern jazz piano, he has a gift for melody, broad and open harmonic palette, and astonishing rhythmic drive. “I’ve been around a long, long...

Jimmy Heath: Life of a Legend

“Jazz is never ending.  It’s always gonna be here.  There’s always curious people and the institutions of learning are teaching jazz.  It’s never ending,” says NEA...