Trading Eights

    Elvin Jones: Hall of Fame Drummer

    There must have been some great music at home when…

    Max Roach: Bebop Pioneer

    Born in North Carolina swamp country in either 1924 or…

    Dinah Washington: What a Difference the Blues Make

    St. Luke’s Baptist Church has served Chicago’s Black community on…

    Sonny Rollins: Tenor Colossus

    Known as the Saxophone Colossus, tenor sax master Sonny Rollins…

    Illinois Jacquet: Reed Man

    Sometimes a career is all about meeting the right people…

    International Sweethearts of Rhythm: Swing Is a Female Thing

    Although they are not as well remembered as their male…

    Art Farmer: A Trumpeter for Every Style

    Art Farmer was unusual for his time for loving swing…

    Stanley Clarke: Taking the Lead on Bass

    Before Stanley Clarke, most jazz fans thought of the bass…

    Stuff Smith: Black Violin

    Leroy “Stuff” Smith, born in 1909, helped turn the violin…

    Bobby Hutcherson: Good Vibes

    Given the up-and-coming jazz greats who surrounded him, Bobby Hutcherson…

    Joe Williams: I Just Want to Sing

    With a deep, earnest voice that was as sincere as…

    Jane Ira Bloom: A Unique Voice on Soprano Sax

    Jane Ira Bloom embodies the point where formal academic training…

    Herbie Hancock: A Lifelong Musical Voyage

    Born in 1940 to working-class parents in Chicago, piano prodigy…

    Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen: Danish Bass Virtuoso

    His full name was Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, so everyone called…

    Regina Carter: A New Take on Jazz Violin

    Regina Carter grew up playing classical music: first piano, then…

    Clarinetist Don Byron: You Can't Pin Him Down

    Some things in this world are impossible to pin down.…

    Lester Young: President of Jazz

    In 1909, a jazz master was born, one whose legacy…

    James Reese Europe: Jazz Rhythm in Army Boots

    There are great bandleaders, great composers, and great organizers, inventors,…

    Zoot Sims: A Saxophonist’s Saxophonist

    He had the coolest name to go with his cool…

    Toshiko Akiyoshi: Founder of Big Band’s Rebirth

    When one thinks of women in the big band era,…

    Trumpeter Roy Eldridge: Nifty Cat

    Trumpeter Roy Eldridge used to tell people that he got…

    Astrud Gilberto: The Essence of Bossa Nova

    She was hardly a powerhouse singer. In fact, her voice…

    Pat Metheny: Versatile Jazz Guitar Virtuoso

    Jazz fusion and contemporary jazz guitarist/composer Pat Metheny is the…

    Saxophonist Stanley Turrentine: Soulful Jazz

    They called him “Mr. T” and “Sugar Man.” Stanley Turrentine…

    Gene Krupa: Drummin' Man

    Not every great musician gets to reinvent his instrument the…

    Marian McPartland: Eight Great Tracks

    Britain still had a few more months of World War…

    Johnny Hodges: Eight Great Tracks

    When you think of classic recordings by Duke Ellington’s big…

    Dianne Reeves: Eight Great Tracks

    When Dianne Reeves went with her Denver high school big…

    Stéphane Grappelli: Eight Great Tracks

    Nobody would dispute that Stéphane Grappelli is one of the…

    Billy Taylor: Eight Great Tracks

    Pianist and composer Billy Taylor (1921-2010) grew up in Washington,…

    Emily Remler: Eight Great Tracks

    When Emily Remler was a kid in Englewood Cliffs, NJ,…

    Miles Davis: Eight Great Tracks

    Here’s something you don’t hear every day: Miles Davis has…

    Poncho Sánchez: Eight Great Tracks

    He’s the best Latin jazz musician you may never have…

    Coleman Hawkins: Eight Great Tracks

    Before Coleman Hawkins, few musicians took the tenor saxophone seriously…

    Hugh Masekela, Jazz Legend

    Some artists get a helping hand exactly when it’s needed.…

    Nancy Wilson: Eight Great Tracks

    When Nancy Wilson was growing up in Chillicothe, Ohio, in…

    Lee Morgan: Eight Great Tracks

    [FYI: from Columbia University's Jazz Glossary---yes, there is such a…

    He Sang It His Way: Frank Sinatra

    In Hoboken, New Jersey, in the year 1915, two Italian…

    Lee Morgan: Eight Great Tracks, Redux

    [FYI: from Columbia University's Jazz Glossary---yes, there is such a…

    Marcus Miller: Burning Up the Bass

    Born in Brooklyn in 1959, Marcus Miller grew up surrounded…

    Jelly Roll Morton: Early Master of Piano Jazz

    If you love the up-tempo, jangly blues and stride piano…

    Bill Watrous: Eight Great Tracks

    It’s easy to dismiss the trombone as a backing instrument…

    The Incredible Jimmy Smith!

    When Jimmy Smith was growing up near Philadelphia in the…

    Sam Rivers: Free Jazz Trailblazer

    When Sam Rivers (1923 – 2011) was growing up in…

    Milt Hinton: Dean of the Jazz Bass

    When Milt Hinton was born in 1910, Mississippi was far…

    Mary Lou Williams: Hidden Figure of Piano Jazz

    Considering that she wrote arrangements for Duke Ellington and mentored…

    Toshinori Kondo: Playing in Uncharted Territory

    There’s a lot more to jazz than late nights on…
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