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
How Bob Belden brought an American jazz band to an appreciative Iran
Heart attack claims multi-faceted jazzman
Brought the label back from dormancy to its present glory
The “King of the Blues” performed an estimated 15,000 shows, influenced generations
Played with Lester Bowie, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, others
When the American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder traveled to Cuba in the mid-’90s, he wasn’t even intending to assemble several local son musicians for a group recording. Circumstances led to the creation of the ad hoc collective henceforth known as Buena...
About Jeff Tamarkin
Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008