Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff’s Contributions

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01/22/15    News

Ward Swingle, Founder of the Swingle Singers, Dead at 87

Vocal group wed classical melodies with jazz rhythms and harmonies

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01/22/15    News

Bo Dollis, Mardi Gras Indians Big Chief, Dies at 71

Prominent frontman of NOLA’s Wild Magnolias

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01/11/15    Features

Jamie Cullum: Thirtysomething

Keeping the flame of inspiration stoked

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01/10/15    News

Ornette Coleman Quietly Releases New Album

“New Vocabulary” features music cut in 2009

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01/04/15    Albums

Peace
Dayna Stephens

Since his debut as a leader, 2007’s The Timeless Now , saxophonist Dayna Stephens has surrounded himself with exceptional players, and his good taste continues on Peace , his fifth album. Joining Stephens here are pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Julian Lage...

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01/03/15    News

Al Belletto, New Orleans Saxophonist, Dead at 86

Worked with Louis Prima, Woody Herman and others

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01/02/15    News

Drummer Tommy Ruskin Dies at 72

Kansas City mainstay played with Metheny, Clark Terry, others

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01/01/15    News

Guitarist Jeff Golub Dies at 59

Suffered from rare brain disorder that led to blindness and loss of functions

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12/30/14    News

Pianist George Ziskind Dead at 86

George Ziskind, a Chicago-born pianist who studied under Lennie Tristano and worked with Tadd Dameron and others, died Dec. 12 in New York due to complications from lymphoma. He was 86. A child prodigy with perfect pitch, at age 17 Ziskind won a boogie-woogie...

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12/28/14    Features

Mwandishi & More

A dream team supports the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo

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12/26/14    News

Buddy DeFranco, Clarinet Innovator, Dies at 91

In his 70-year career, he brought his instrument into the bebop era and beyond

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12/23/14    Concerts

Theater Review: Café Society Swing

Historical music diluted by a history lesson

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12/19/14    Albums

The Late Show: An Evening With Jaki Byard Live at the Keystone Korner, Vol. 3
Jaki Byard

“It’s born out of tradition and raised by the heart,” says Keystone Korner proprietor Todd Barkan in his introduction to Jaki Byard’s 1979 solo piano set at the San Francisco club. What would probably just be dismissible hyperbole in most cases is apt here...

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12/10/14    Books

Interview: James Gavin, Author of New Peggy Lee Bio

“Is That All There Is?” is a comprehensive portrait of a troubled, brilliant artist

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12/06/14    Albums

Sentimentale
Richard Galliano

If Richard Galliano is jazz’s greatest accordionist, that’s largely because the French squeezebox virtuoso has had minimal competition. But having the field to himself hasn’t stopped Galliano from casting an ever-wider net, vacuuming up genres over the decades...

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12/04/14    Albums

Spark of Life
Marcin Wasilewski Trio With Joakim Milder

Two decades on, Marcin Wasilewski’s Polish piano trio shakes things up by inviting a guest into the fold, Swedish tenor saxophonist Joakim Milder, best known for his work with shared mentor Tomasz Stanko. But perhaps “shakes things up” is overstating the...

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About Jeff Tamarkin

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A former editor-in-chief of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix and Global Rhythm, Jeff Tamarkin is the Associate Editor of JazzTimes. He also spends his days (and often nights) freelancing for a variety of outlets, among them Playbill, the Boston Phoenix, Mojo, Relix and All Music Guide, covering anything from Appalachian string bands to Arabic pop music to rock, R&B, country and jazz of all kinds.

Jeff is the author of the biography Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, as well as more than 75 liner notes and thousands of articles, reviews, press releases, bios, etc. Jeff has been a jazz fan since he was in the single digits and saw a couple of puppets lip-syncing to Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry's "Mumbles" on The Soupy Sales Show.

Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008