• Reflections on meeting B.B. King

  • This edition tells the story of the importance Miles Davis placed on his friendship with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson in 1954, when he was trying to kick his drug addiction.

  • What Queen Latifah left out of Bessie — the myth of Bessie Smith’s death

  • This edition focuses on Everest Records, the last of several new labels that Alex Steinweiss helped launch

  • My B. B. King Story
  • Great Encounters: Miles Davis and Sugar Ray Robinson
  • What Queen Latifah left out of Bessie
  • Cover Stories with Paul Morris
kenton10 Quiz Show » Jazz History Quiz

Jazz History Quiz #69

Often described as one of the “great jokesters in jazz,” this trumpeter became a popular figure on the west coast who, in addition to playing with artists like Stan Kenton (pictured), Benny Goodman, Jimmy Giuffre and Art Pepper, also starred in a short-lived TV series called Run Buddy Run. Who is he?

Don Ellis

Ruby Braff

Shorty Rogers

Red Rodney

Jack Sheldon

Al Hirt

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame(s)

Further evidence that life can indeed be very good…I am spending several days in Arizona, attending spring training games. Warm weather, major league baseball, (expensive) beer, (expensive) ballpark grub, good companionship, and the occasional ballpark organist all add up to quality vacation time. I will be in the bleachers for a […] Continue reading »

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Short Fiction Contest-winning story #38 — “Till’s Piano Lesson,” by Don Dewey

New Short Fiction Award

Three times a year, we award a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work.


Don Dewey of Jamaica, New York is the winner of the 38th Jerry Jazz Musician New Short Fiction Award, announced and published for the first time on March 5, 2015.


Till’s Piano Lesson

by

Don Dewey


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“You’re early, Till. I told you never come early.”

“Sorry. I guess my watch is off.”

“Buy a new one.”

Klein refit the crutches under his armpits and swung his crabbed legs back toward the studio, leaving Till to enter the living room for himself. Till didn’t like living rooms. He thought them banal in their predictable assembly of tables, chairs, lamps, and rugs. What he wanted to see someday was a living room with people who dropped dead as soon as they put a foot outside it. Living rooms should have been what they claimed to be.

Klein’s pupil in the studio seemed to be trying to erase his presence through sheer aggression. Had Mozart started that way? Till didn’t think so.

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“Josephine (Baker) and I” opens in New York

The British actress Cush Jumbo is portraying the American singer/dancer/actress/civil rights activist Josephine Baker in her solo show, “Josephine and I,” which opens in New York’s Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on March 10. The critically acclaimed show (called a “dazzling performance” by the Guardian’s Michael Billington) ran for some time in London’s Bush Theater, and according to the New York Times, “juxtaposes Baker’s fabled career with a more […] Continue reading »

keepnews2 Features » In Memoriam

Orrin Keepnews, 1923 – 2015

I awoke to the very sad news that a prominent figure in the history of jazz music has died. Orrin Keepnews, whose work as co-founder of Riverside Records forever connected him to the lives and spirits of Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Cannonball Adderley, and so many other great jazz musicians of mid-century America, died in California at the age of 91 (a day shy of his 92nd birthday).

Keepnews was a transcendent figure in jazz music, excelling as a journalist, entrepreneur, and producer. The recordings he produced were among the very first to […] Continue reading »