Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff’s Contributions


08/04/14    Albums

Ruben Blades

When Rubén Blades announced recently that he would no longer perform salsa music on tour after 2016, and that he planned to return to politics in his native Panama (where he served previously as Minister of Tourism), it certainly appeared to some that the...


08/03/14    News

Drummer Frankie Dunlop Dead at 85

Played with Monk, Ellington, Rollins and others


08/01/14    Albums

Self Portrait
Manuel Valera

Although he’s never strayed that far from Afro-Cuban jazz traditions in his music, neither has the Havana-born Manuel Valera restricted himself to them. For Self Portrait , his debut solo piano recording, he ventures even further afield, using the occasion...


07/31/14    News

Multi-Event John Lurie Celebration Coming to NYC

September concerts and art exhibit at Le Poisson Rouge


07/31/14    News

Idris Muhammad, Drummer Who Crossed Genre Lines, Dies at 74

For more than 50 years, a New Orleans fixture


07/31/14    News

Marcus Roberts to Release New Double Album of Original Material

Features pianist’s new 12-piece group, the Modern Jazz Generation


07/30/14    News

Tony Bennett/Lady Gaga Standards Album Details Announced

“Cheek to Cheek” will be available Sept. 23

07/30/14    News

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to Present Concert and Awards

Joanne Brackeen to receive honors; Muhal Richard Abrams to perform


07/30/14    News

Sean Jones Named Chair of Berklee Brass Department

Trumpeter succeeds Tom Plsek, who served for 25 years


07/30/14    News

Legacy to Release Six “Live at Newport” Albums for iTunes

Brubeck, Fitzgerald, Hampton and three from Duke


07/29/14    News

Celebration of Fred Ho Coming to Brooklyn Aug. 10

ShapeShifter event marks first anniversary of composer/musician’s death

07/29/14    News

Cotai Jazz & Blues Festival Returning to Macao

Bands will compete for thousands of dollars in prizes


07/29/14    News

Seattle’s Earshot Jazz Festival Scheduled for Oct.-Nov.

Headliners include Pharoah Sanders, Dave Douglas/Joe Lovano


07/29/14    News

Drummer Mark Guiliana to Launch Own Label

First two releases due Sept. 2; gigs set for LA & NYC


07/28/14    Gearhead

Gearhead: Behind the Rebirth of D’Angelico Guitars

Back in axtion


07/28/14    Albums

Back East
Jerry Vivino

In the liner notes for Back East , saxophonist (and sometime flutist) Jerry Vivino states early on that he’s “not Joe Lovano” and that “I know my limits.” What Vivino is saying is not that he can’t cut it, but that jazz is not his fulltime gig. Like his...

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About Jeff Tamarkin


A former editor-in-chief of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix and Global Rhythm, Jeff Tamarkin is the Associate Editor of JazzTimes. He also spends his days (and often nights) freelancing for a variety of outlets, among them Playbill, the Boston Phoenix, Mojo, Relix and All Music Guide, covering anything from Appalachian string bands to Arabic pop music to rock, R&B, country and jazz of all kinds.

Jeff is the author of the biography Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, as well as more than 75 liner notes and thousands of articles, reviews, press releases, bios, etc. Jeff has been a jazz fan since he was in the single digits and saw a couple of puppets lip-syncing to Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry's "Mumbles" on The Soupy Sales Show.

Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008