Jeff Tamarkin

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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...


02/12/16    Features

NRBQ's Terry Adams Talks Thelonious

The hybrid-rock band's co-founder fulfills a lifelong dream


02/07/16    Concerts

Review: The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 2016

A little Cali vibe for a New York winter


02/02/16    Columns

A Conversation with Randy Weston

The African connection


01/31/16    Albums

What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman
Oran Etkin

More than 75 years removed from his breakthrough, the late Benny Goodman remains the most important clarinetist in the history of jazz, and one of its most successful bandleaders. Yet today, despite that vaunted status, he is often overlooked, something...


01/17/16    Photos

The 2016 Jazz Connect Conference in Photos

4th annual conference attracts hundreds of jazz musicians, execs, media, etc.


01/13/16    News

Big Band Vocalist Kitty Kallen Dies at 94

Sang with Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw


01/08/16    Albums

For George, Cole and Duke
Harry Allen

Tenor saxophonist Harry Allen’s discography is filled with tribute albums, to personal heroes ranging from Billy Strayhorn to Zoot Sims, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Henry Mancini. Two of the heroes on For George, Cole and Duke have already been subjects of...


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...

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About Jeff Tamarkin


Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008