March is recognized as Women’s History Month and like my good friend Leah, I couldn’t let the month go by without doing something to celebrate the accomplishments of women of all colors and all they have contributed to society. For the past few years I have attended the Black Women Rock concert, which is a celebration… Read More Celebrating Women in Jazz: Past, Present and Future
Gregory Porter is the man. And I’m not just saying that because of his vocal talent. It’s obvious he’s got some chops and after listening to one record, you’ll be hooked on his lush, baritone voice. But, his humble presence and spiritual outlook are also traits that further reflect his star power. And with his… Read More Gregory Porter bridges soul and jazz on new album Liquid Spirit
There is little that can be said that hasn’t already been stated about the iconic saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Pioneering, creative, brilliant composer, thought provoking, calming, cool. Those are just a few adjectives that come to mind when thinking about Shorter and the influence he had and is continuing to have on jazz music and jazz… Read More Happy 80th Birthday Wayne Shorter!!
How much do you acknowledge females when thinking about the history of jazz? Or if someone asked you to name five jazz musicians, would any of them be a woman? These kinds of questions do not come up a lot when discussing jazz within close knit musical circles,(unless you happen to be in a gender… Read More Females in Jazz: Melba Liston
Last night, I had a date with the great tenor saxophonist Benny Golson. Now, before any rumors get started, let me be clear. It was not your typical date. There was no one-on-one experience between Golson and myself. But, in my mind, it felt like Golson had an intimate encounter with just about every guest… Read More My date with Benny
There are jazz aficionados who believe that hip-hop and jazz should not be merged or even share any musical affiliation, whatsoever. But, I disagree with that belief, especially after listening to creative, young jazz musicians such as Robert Glasper, who knows how to navigate both genres. Glasper skillfully combines hip-hop, jazz, neo-soul, and rock music… Read More Robert Glasper captures the best of hip-hop and jazz on new disc
When people start going through the names of jazz legends that have changed the face of the genre, you rarely, if ever hear the name Oran “Hot Lips” Page in the list. Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and even Wynton Marsalis are usually mentioned as the most influential musicians of all time. But, Hot… Read More Some Hot Lips for Ya Day