When Sun Ra and the Arkestra first performed in Istanbul, in 1990, some three years before their namesake’s death, they caused quite a stir. Decked out in full space-cadet costuming, the flamboyant collective played on the back of a flatbed truck, attracting...
Songwriter, producer and musician felled by heart attack while on tour in Europe
When you consider how difficult it is to get any film produced and into distribution these days—let alone one about a jazz musician—it’s quite something that Low Down made it to the finish line. Joe Albany is hardly a household name, and his story isn’t...
The bassist lifts up the life and work of late guitarist Jef Lee Johnson
A consummate hipster who took risks in his singing
Love and Soul is a natural, if not as satisfying, sequel to The Mosaic Project , the 2011 release that won drummer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington a Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy the following year. That maiden entry found Carrington steering an all...
For Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, music, specifically the jazz that he adored, was always part of a greater game plan. From the start “Hef” envisioned his venture defining a total lifestyle, of which the flagship magazine and its nothing-to-the-imagination...
Co-Founder of GRP Records, N2K and Jazz Roots series
Alec Wilder (1907-1980) was a composer equally at home in the worlds of stage, film, opera/classical and popular song. Because he spread himself out to such a degree, he is not often celebrated to the extent of many of his contemporaries who focused exclusively...
Third member of veteran band to pass
Alto sax great had retired only weeks ago
First things first: Kind of New is informed not by Miles Davis’ 1959 Kind of Blue but rather the electric music of Bitches Brew onward. Jason Miles, a keyboardist who worked with Davis on a few of his later projects, explains in his introductory essay that...
Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough & Andy Bey share a stage
Life in Real Time , recorded live at the Berklee Performance Center in Boston last year, is both familiar and not. The familiarity comes from pianist Laszlo Gardony’s coaction with his regular rhythm section, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Yoron Israel...
Telecaster-centric album will mix pre-bebop and original songs
After three albums co-billed with his band the Latin Jazz Explosion, percussionist Sammy Figueroa stands on his own for Imaginary World . But not entirely—although his name graces the top of the album cover, a bit farther down it notes “featuring Silvano...
About Jeff Tamarkin
Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008