Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff’s Contributions


04/14/16    Albums

Our Father Who Art Blakey
Valery Ponomarev Jazz Big Band

Valery Ponomarev was 30 when he defected from Soviet Russia for the United States in 1973. Four years later the trumpeter was a core member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, touring and contributing to several recordings before bowing out to go the solo route...


04/03/16    News

Latin Jazz Saxophonist Gato Barbieri Dies at 83

Best known for Grammy-winning “Last Tango in Paris” soundtrack


03/24/16    Features

In St. Louis, a Program Uses Jazz to Treat Ailing Kids

Dr. David Gutmann on his successful Beat NF therapy


03/20/16    Albums

Trying to Figure It Out
Grace Kelly

Calling her new CD Trying to Figure It Out and making it clear at the outset of her liner notes that the album “explores the world of Jazz and Beyond,” Grace Kelly, the 23-year-old saxophonist who’s been a professional most her life, announces the inevitable...


03/17/16    News

Frank Sinatra Jr. Dies at 72

Faithful to his father’s style, vocalist forged long-lasting career


03/12/16    News

Singer Ernestine Anderson Dies at 87

Jazz’s “best kept secret” had a six-decade career


03/09/16    News

Brazilian Percussionist Naná Vasconcelos Dies at 71

Played with Metheny, Garbarek, others


02/28/16    Albums

Michael Dease

Following 2014’s Relentless , his first foray into big-band territory, trombonist Michael Dease is back on familiar ground, leading a small-group session with saxophonist Tim Green, pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Rodney Whitaker and Ulysses Owens on drums...


02/25/16    News

John Chilton, British Musician and Author, Dies at 83

Wrote popular “Who’s Who of Jazz,” accompanied George Melly


02/20/16    Albums

Three on Two
Joe Magnarelli

The “three” are the horn guys—Joe Magnarelli on trumpet/flugelhorn, Steve Davis on trombone and Mike DiRubbo on alto saxophone—and the “two” are organist Brian Charette and drummer Rudy Royston. Like several of his previous leader releases—this is his 11th...


02/12/16    Features

NRBQ's Terry Adams Talks Thelonious

The hybrid-rock band's co-founder fulfills a lifelong dream


02/07/16    Concerts

Review: The Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 2016

A little Cali vibe for a New York winter


02/02/16    Columns

A Conversation with Randy Weston

The African connection


01/31/16    Albums

What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman
Oran Etkin

More than 75 years removed from his breakthrough, the late Benny Goodman remains the most important clarinetist in the history of jazz, and one of its most successful bandleaders. Yet today, despite that vaunted status, he is often overlooked, something...


01/17/16    Photos

The 2016 Jazz Connect Conference in Photos

4th annual conference attracts hundreds of jazz musicians, execs, media, etc.


01/13/16    News

Big Band Vocalist Kitty Kallen Dies at 94

Sang with Harry James, Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw

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About Jeff Tamarkin


Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008