When he died at age 80 in 2007, pianist Sal Mosca had never really received the accolades he deserved—despite having played with the likes of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh. A pianist of great skill and grace, coming...
Led Lighthouse All-Stars, played with Kenton, others
Everybody loves a love song. Countless have been written, and billions of words have been expended on them: why a beautifully sung romantic ballad makes us feel all tingly inside, who sings them most persuasively and why, how come they don’t write ’em like...
Suffered heart attack while performing in France
Nexus is a live recording cut at Philadelphia’s Tin Angel in the mid-1990s. Although the precise date is not noted, that places the gig at most several years after Pat Martino’s triumphant return to playing music, having suffered a brain aneurysm in 1980...
For Afrodeezia , Marcus Miller—who mentions in his liner notes that he’s a spokesperson for UNESCO’s “Slave Route Project”—chose to incorporate musicians and instrumentation associated with various locales historically impacted by slavery. It’s a formidably...
A dedicated musical progressive grounded in the conservatory
A most unlikely and perfectly natural fit
Worked with Sam Cooke, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis
Alto saxophonist and composer among jazz's most influential figures
The only difficult part of writing about pianist Joey Alexander is avoiding the use of the phrase “for a kid.” As we do when we approach any prodigy—and jazz has seen many who’ve continued to grow as childhood faded—those of us with a few years on us naturally...
with David Budway, Troy Roberts, Paul Bollenback & Chris Smith
In 2014, its first year, Smoke Sessions Records released nine titles recorded live at the Upper West Side club that gave the label its name. Now, with its first two releases of 2015, the fledgling label is setting up its recording equipment outside of its...
Electric Butter: A Big Band Tribute to Paul Butterfield and Michael Bloomfield
The Ed Palermo Big Band & Rob Paparozzi
It’s difficult from the vantage point of half a century to gauge just how important and inspirational the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was in the mid- to late ’60s. The integrated Chicago-based ensemble—in particular singer and harmonica ace Butterfield and...
Perhaps it’s because he didn’t record his first album until age 35 that pianist Greg Reitan’s music has projected a mature, fully formed sensibility since that debut in 2009. And perhaps it’s because he’s used the same trio on each, with Jack Daro on bass...
From Ray Charles’ band to beloved jazz educator
About Jeff Tamarkin
Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008