Jazz Notes Newsletter
Apr 11, 2014 — Structured and free, sonic and rhythmic, poems and jazz music seem like natural partners. For National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, here are some notable collisions between the two.
Apr 11, 2014 — The singer performs two of Billie Holiday's signature songs, "Loverman" and "God Bless the Child," and discusses the haunting experience of portraying Holiday onstage.
Apr 7, 2014 — The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz's most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music — and their success magnified further.
Apr 11, 2014 — Cape Cod's "First Lady of Jazz" performs a medley of tunes by Fats Waller, her stride-piano mentor, in this session from 1983.
Apr 10, 2014 — Recorded live at The Blue Whale in Los Angeles, the Grammy-winning pianist and his quartet make psychic connections to Freddie Hubbard via "Bolivia."
Jan 28, 2014 — Many Shanghai jazz standards of the 1930s and '40s were banned in China after the Chinese Communist Party took over. But they reemerged decades later through cover versions. Now, the songs are back again in a new cover album by a Chinese-American electronic artist and a jazz singer from Shanghai.
Jan 11, 2014 — The composer and bandleader made his first recordings in the late 1940s. In the decades since, Heath has played with and written for everyone from Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis and Milt Jackson.
Dec 18, 2013 — We asked 137 jazz journalists to pick their favorite albums that came out this year. Out of over 700 nominees, here are their collective top 50 picks, along with top finishers in the Latin jazz, vocal, debut and reissue categories.
Dec 13, 2013 — Italian pianist Stefano Bollani stretches the limits of imagination with improvisations ranging from quirky to transcendent. Virtuoso technique and a keen harmonic sense bolster Bollani's improvisations, which are influenced as much by Charlie Parker as Prokofiev and Zappa.