• I deplaned in Amsterdam to confront my father. In 1990, the year I was born, after the likes of Stan Getz and Freddie Hubbard dubbed him “the reincarnation of Chet Baker,” he quit his part-time job repairing cars in Gilbert, Iowa to go on a worldwide tour from which he never returned.

  • The friendship of Coltrane and Dolphy and the time of “anti-jazz”

  • Noted critics and musicians list their essential 70’s jazz record albums

  • Mercies would have put blues on the menu if it could, but that was a province of the kitchen, where I worked four and a half months too many. I heard actual blues music and caught a gust of air conditioning whenever I



  • "Homage" -- a short story by Kenneth Levine
  • A Moment in Time -- John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy, 1961
  • "What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz albums from the 1970's?"
  • "HEAT," -- a short story by Arya Jenkins
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What Happened, Miss Simone?

In what Netflix says will be an “unflinching” look at her life, the video service has announced that What Happened, Miss Simone? — a documentary on the “High Preistess of Soul,” Nina Simone — will be available to subscribers sometime in 2015, possibly to coincide with the release of the controversial and unauthorized biopic starring Zoe Saldana.

In addition to being a singer of remarkable esteem, Ms. Simone described herself as a “rebel with a cause.” Deeply impacted by the events of the civil rights movement, she became an activist who expressed support for a violent revolution and whose alienation toward America ultimately […] Continue reading »

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It was 50 years ago today — the anniversary of the A Love Supreme recording date

Ask just about any jazz musician, scholar or fan for a list of the greatest jazz albums ever recorded, and John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme — recorded 50 years ago today — resides on it. My own first experience with it was in 1975, on a late evening in a dark, smoke-filled, back alley cottage on North Oakland’s Alcatraz Avenue. My listening was guided by a dear friend who understood that this was not just music — it is what happens when musical genius meets intensity, sensitivity, and spirituality. So many details of that evening remain with me 40 years later, not the least of which was how I sunk into the couch, eyes closed, the worn Impulse album jacket never leaving my grip. I was amazed and I was hooked.

Over the years, I have found that a favorite discussion among jazz fans is their recollections of their first experience with this album. When I began developing content for Jerry Jazz Musician, one of the first ideas I had was to interview people who were either […] Continue reading »

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Jazz History Quiz #60

Once the most advanced trombonist in jazz, in addition to his time with the Original Memphis Five (starting in 1922), he is best known for his recordings with cornetist Red Nichols (pictured). Who is he?

J.C. Higginbotham

Tricky Sam Nanton

Lawrence Brown

Dickie Wells

Jack Teagarden

Miff Mole

Trummy Young

Go to the next page for the answer! […] Continue reading »

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December 7, 1941

On December 7, 1941 -– the day that indeed lives in infamy -– America’s “greatest generation,” who from that day forward had to muster up enormous courage and make heartbreaking and demanding sacrifice, was enamored with an innocent and “sweet” song written about a steam engine train ride from New York to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The #1 song in America was “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” the Glenn Miller recording of a Harry Warren/Mack Gordon song also popularized […] Continue reading »

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New Mexico — Home to trumpeter Bobby Shew

I am heading to Santa Fe, New Mexico for the weekend, and did some very light “research” about famous jazz musicians who may have hailed from the nation’s 47th state. The most notable is the great trumpeter Bobby Shew, whose impressive resume includes early career stints with Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich.

According to the New Mexico Music Commission website, in 1972, “Shew moved to Los Angeles…where he spent time with jazz legends […] Continue reading »