Jeff Tamarkin

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07/20/15    Books

Love Songs: The Hidden History
Ted Gioia

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...


07/19/15    News

John Taylor, British Pianist, Dead at 72

Suffered heart attack while performing in France


07/06/15    Albums

Pat Martino with Jim Ridl

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...


07/03/15    Albums

Marcus Miller

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...


06/22/15    News

Gunther Schuller Dies at 89

A dedicated musical progressive grounded in the conservatory


06/21/15    Concerts

Concert: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at Radio City Music Hall

A most unlikely and perfectly natural fit


06/20/15    News

Harold Battiste, New Orleans Producer, Arranger & Musician, Dies at 83

Worked with Sam Cooke, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis


06/11/15    News

Ornette Coleman Dies at 85

Alto saxophonist and composer among jazz's most influential figures


06/08/15    Albums

My Favorite Things
Joey Alexander

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...


06/07/15    Photos

Photos: Jeff "Tain" Watts' "Blue" Release Party, NYC

with David Budway, Troy Roberts, Paul Bollenback & Chris Smith


06/03/15    Albums

Collective Portrait
Eddie Henderson

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...


05/29/15    Albums

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...


05/25/15    Albums

Post No Bills
Greg Reitan

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...


05/24/15    News

Detroit Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave Dies at 78

From Ray Charles’ band to beloved jazz educator


05/22/15    Interview

Bringing Cultures Together in Peace

How Bob Belden brought an American jazz band to an appreciative Iran


05/20/15    News

Bob Belden—Musician, Producer, Arranger, Writer, Historian—Dies at 58

Heart attack claims multi-faceted jazzman

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Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008