Jeff Tamarkin

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06/20/16    Photos

Kamasi Washington in Central Park

Sax great performs to overflow crowd


06/09/16    Concerts

Nattjazz and Nutshell in Norway

Where jazz means “no boundaries”


05/27/16    Albums

One Child Left Behind
The Ed Palermo Big Band

Over the course of four previous albums, the Ed Palermo Big Band has fashioned a career out of recasting the music of Frank Zappa in large-format jazz settings—according to Palermo’s website, some 300 arrangements of Zappa compositions in all. This time...


05/23/16    Albums

Paquito & Manzanero
Paquito D'Rivera

Paquito & Manzanero is one of those tributes/collaborations that only seems long overdue once you’re listening to it; you may never have considered these two Latin music titans a natural match, but as the album’s 10 tracks play out, it makes perfect sense...


05/17/16    Albums

Work Songs
Jaimeo Brown Transcendence

The challenge here for drummer-composer Jaimeo Brown and his collaborator and co-producer in Transcendence, guitarist Chris Sholar, was to avoid reducing Work Songs to a history lesson. The follow-up to 2013’s well-received Transcendence , Work Songs grafts...


05/01/16    Albums

Fred Hersch

Sarabande is a straight-up reissue of one of Fred Hersch’s first recordings, and it features the pianist in a trio setting with bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Joey Baron in 1986. Re-releasing the nine-track set sans bonus tracks or any other embellishments...


04/14/16    Albums

Our Father Who Art Blakey
Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band

Valery Ponomarev was 30 when he defected from Soviet Russia for the United States in 1973. Four years later the trumpeter was a core member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, touring and contributing to several recordings before bowing out to go the solo route...


04/03/16    News

Latin Jazz Saxophonist Gato Barbieri Dies at 83

Best known for Grammy-winning “Last Tango in Paris” soundtrack


03/24/16    Features

In St. Louis, a Program Uses Jazz to Treat Ailing Kids

Dr. David Gutmann on his successful Beat NF therapy


03/20/16    Albums

Trying to Figure It Out
Grace Kelly

Calling her new CD Trying to Figure It Out and making it clear at the outset of her liner notes that the album “explores the world of Jazz and Beyond,” Grace Kelly, the 23-year-old saxophonist who’s been a professional most her life, announces the inevitable...


03/17/16    News

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies at 72

Faithful to his father’s style, vocalist forged long-lasting career


03/12/16    News

Singer Ernestine Anderson Dies at 87

Jazz’s “best kept secret” had a six-decade career


03/09/16    News

Brazilian Percussionist Naná Vasconcelos Dies at 71

Played with Metheny, Garbarek, others


02/28/16    Albums

Michael Dease

Following 2014’s Relentless , his first foray into big-band territory, trombonist Michael Dease is back on familiar ground, leading a small-group session with saxophonist Tim Green, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Rodney Whitaker and Ulysses Owens on drums...


02/25/16    News

John Chilton, British Musician and Author, Dies at 83

Wrote popular “Who’s Who of Jazz,” accompanied George Melly


02/20/16    Albums

Three on Two
Joe Magnarelli

The “three” are the horn guys—Joe Magnarelli on trumpet/flugelhorn, Steve Davis on trombone and Mike DiRubbo on alto saxophone—and the “two” are organist Brian Charette and drummer Rudy Royston. Like several of his previous leader releases—this is his 11th...

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About Jeff Tamarkin


Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008