Jeff Tamarkin

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01/05/16    News

Pianist Paul Bley Dies at 83

Uncompromising, influential "pianists' pianist"


01/01/16    News

Natalie Cole Dies at 65

Daughter of Nat “King” Cole won nine Grammys


01/01/16    Albums

Taking Another Look--Deluxe Edition
Ramsey Lewis

Back in the mid- to late ’60s, when he was in with the in crowd, Ramsey Lewis, first with his trio and then on his own, was the rare jazz artist to place a number of both singles and albums in the upper reaches of the Billboard charts, largely on the strength...


12/30/15    Albums

Randy Brecker

Early in his career, Randy Brecker learned something important: When you’re as adaptable—and as talented—as he is, you can get lots of work. The trumpeter, often in tandem with his late saxophonist brother Michael, performed sideman duties on hundreds of...


12/24/15    Albums

Live in Tokyo
Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui’s 2013 Soul Quest album was particularly important to the Tokyo-born pianist, not only because it celebrated the 25th anniversary of her debut U.S. release but also because she made it following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated...


12/11/15    Albums

Looking Forward, Looking Back
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra

The Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s slogan, displayed prominently at the top of the non-profit organization’s homepage, is “Where the Passion of Jazz meets the Power of an Orchestra.” Put together with the title of this set, Looking Forward, Looking Back , it’s...


11/26/15    Albums

Live From the Detroit Jazz Festival--2014
Mack Avenue Superband

On the Mack Avenue Superband’s third consecutive live recording from the Detroit Jazz Festival, there are no big surprises. But there are a couple of little ones. You know what you’re going to get when you give the 2014 edition a spin: all-star performances...


11/17/15    Albums

My Personal Songbook
Ron Carter and the WDR Big Band

Ron Carter has been one of the most prolific musicians in jazz for more than 50 years, working within nearly every conceivable configuration (his press bio says he’s appeared on 2,500 recordings). But, for whatever reason, the big-band format had largely...


11/11/15    News

Rudresh Mahanthappa Named United States Artists Fellow

$50.000 grant will aid saxophonist in creating interdisciplinary works


11/11/15    Albums

Live at Babylon
Sun Ra Arkestra Under the Direction of Marshall Allen

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...


11/10/15    News

New Orleans Legend Allen Toussaint Dies at 77

Songwriter, producer and musician felled by heart attack while on tour in Europe


10/30/15    Albums

Lowdown: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Various Artists

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...


10/26/15    Features

Reggie Washington: Chasing Rainbows

The bassist lifts up the life and work of late guitarist Jef Lee Johnson


10/23/15    News

Vocalist Mark Murphy Dies at 83

A consummate hipster who took risks in his singing


10/15/15    Albums

The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
Terri Lyne Carrington

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...


10/13/15    Books

Playboy Swings: How Hugh Hefner and Playboy Changed the Face Of Music
Patty Farmer

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...

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About Jeff Tamarkin


Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008