Jeff Tamarkin

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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...


10/12/15    News

Larry Rosen, Producer and Entrepreneur, Dies at 75

Co-Founder of GRP Records, N2K and Jazz Roots series


10/08/15    Albums

In the Morning: Music of Alec Wilder
Stefano Battaglia Trio

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...


10/01/15    News

Crusaders Saxophonist Wilton Felder Dies at 75

Third member of veteran band to pass


09/29/15    News

Phil Woods Dies at 83

Alto sax great had retired only weeks ago


09/18/15    Albums

Kind of New
Jason Miles & Ingrid Jensen

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...


09/17/15    Photos

Photo Gallery: The Royal Bopsters and Very Special Guests at Birdland

Annie Ross, Jon Hendricks, Sheila Jordan, Bob Dorough & Andy Bey share a stage


09/12/15    Albums

Life in Real Time
Laszlo Gardony

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...


09/09/15    News

Julian Lage Plans New Trio Release in '16

Telecaster-centric album will mix pre-bebop and original songs


09/07/15    Albums

Imaginary World
Sammy Figueroa

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...


08/15/15    Albums

Plucky Strum
Harvie S/Sheryl Bailey

Its fanciful title—guitarist Sheryl Bailey strums, bassist Harvie S plucks—may imply whimsy, but the melodic intricacy created by the duo on this all-originals outing (four by him, six by her) is some seriously heady stuff. Bailey and S never drop the ball—something...


07/28/15    News

Drumstick Manufacturer Vic Firth Dies at 85

A musician and educator who revolutionized a product line

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Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008