Prolific player first found fame with Blood, Sweat & Tears
Marcus Roberts went large with his latest. Financing the project with a Kickstarter campaign, the pianist-composer maintained his loyal trio of bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, called upon tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, an early cohort...
Launched Riverside, Milestone and Landmark labels
It’s curious that Bill O’Connell’s 11th album as a leader is titled after the revered John Lennon anthem covered within, because it’s atypical of most of his work. O’Connell’s stock-in-trade is bop-tempered Afro-Cuban rhythm, and few traces of such surface...
“A Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton”
Wayne Shorter concert and documentary
Trumpet legend dies after long bout with diabetes
John Coltrane had been an on-and-off member of Miles Davis’ First Great Quintet for five years when the group—filled out at this juncture by pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb—embarked on a European tour in early spring of...
Clare Fischer, who passed away in 2012 at age 83, was an extraordinarily prolific musician, with dozens of albums as a leader recorded over a half-century, a lengthy list of credits as composer, arranger (for Prince, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney as...
Vocal group wed classical melodies with jazz rhythms and harmonies
Prominent frontman of NOLA’s Wild Magnolias
Keeping the flame of inspiration stoked
“New Vocabulary” features music cut in 2009
Since his debut as a leader, 2007’s The Timeless Now , saxophonist Dayna Stephens has surrounded himself with exceptional players, and his good taste continues on Peace , his fifth album. Joining Stephens here are pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Julian Lage...
Worked with Louis Prima, Woody Herman and others
Kansas City mainstay played with Metheny, Clark Terry, others
About Jeff Tamarkin
Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008