Jeff Tamarkin

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01/04/15    Albums

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...


01/03/15    News

Al Belletto, New Orleans Saxophonist, Dead at 86

Worked with Louis Prima, Woody Herman and others


01/02/15    News

Drummer Tommy Ruskin Dies at 72

Kansas City mainstay played with Metheny, Clark Terry, others


01/01/15    News

Guitarist Jeff Golub Dies at 59

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


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...


12/28/14    Features

Mwandishi & More

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


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


12/23/14    Concerts

Theater Review: Café Society Swing

Historical music diluted by a history lesson


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...


12/10/14    Author Author

Interview: James Gavin, Author of New Peggy Lee Bio

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


12/06/14    Albums

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...


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...

12/03/14    News

Bassist and Educator Chris White Dies at 78

Played with Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, others


12/02/14    News

Cuban Guitarist Carlos Emilio Morales Dies at 75

Irakere co-founder was also a prolific sideman


12/01/14    News

Pianist Joe Bonner Dies at 66

Denver-based musician worked with Hubbard, Sanders, others


11/29/14    News

2nd Edition of Gigi Gryce Book Now Available

“Rat Race Blues” chronicles the life and work of acclaimed saxophonist

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About Jeff Tamarkin


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