Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey’s Contributions

Jfjo_by_kelly_kerr_span3

08/15/11    Features

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s Riotous Ambition

Trio’s expansive new project explores a ghastly corner of Oklahoma history

Ambrose2copy_span3

04/30/11    Features

Ambrose: Akinmusire: The Storyteller

On When the Heart Emerges Glistening, his striking Blue Note debut, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire combines a unique narrative approach to composing with the deep kinship of his working band.

Christian_howes_span3

January/February 2011    Features

Christian Howes: Bowing the Blues

Violinist Christian Howes experiences a musical awakening in the big house

Douglascd_span3

January/February 2011    Albums

Spark of Being
Dave Douglas & Keystone

The Frankenstein myth still fascinates, 193 years after Mary Shelley published her novel, because the idea of creating a new life out of dead body parts attracts us as much as it repels us. We are all drawn to the idea of playing God, of making something...

Cindyblackman1_span3

November 2010    Features

Cindy Blackman: Of A Lifetime

In drum demigod Tony Williams, Cindy Blackman finds endless influence and inspiration

Michaelformanek_2_span3

10/08/10    Education

Michael Formanek: Practice What You Teach

Bassist, composer and Peabody Conservatory faculty member Michael Formanek unites the bandstand and the classroom

Newportjazz4_684_span3

October 2010    Features

Jason Moran: In All Languages

A look at the artistically exhilarating world of Jason Moran, jazz’s greatest young conceptualist

Daniloperez_span3

October 2010    Albums

Providencia
Danilo Perez

Geoffrey Himes reviews new album from Panamanian jazz pianist

Bitches_brew_revisited_span3

09/15/10    Features

Bitches Brood

Today’s heavy hitters discuss the influence of Miles’ fusion masterwork

Miles-davis---bitches-brew---color5_span3

08/13/10    Features

Miles Davis: Forty Years of Freedom

Four decades after the release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis alumni John McLaughlin, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland and more reflect on a groundbreaking recording that had some surprising precedents

Jm_adgs_span3

07/06/10    Features

John McLaughlin

Legendary guitarist on Coltrane, Miles, Mahavishnu, and the search for infinite oneness

Stan-getz_span3

June 2010    Albums

People Time: The Complete Recordings
Stan Getz/Kenny Barron

When a jazz musician crosses the boundary of 60, he or she must decide what to do with phrases already played thousands of times. Do you just keep playing them with less and less emotional force? Do you replace them with a whole new bag of tricks? Or do...

August/September 2009    Features

Joe Lovano: Party of Five

After decades of acclaimed collaborations with peers and mentors, Joe Lovano introduces a powerhouse quintet featuring youthful talent—and two drummers.

200812_058_span3

December 2008    Features

Jazz and Country Fusion: The Searchers

When Sonny Rollins released his Way Out West album in 1957, the cover featured the tall tenor saxophonist standing out in the desert between a bleached cow skull and a multi-armed cactus. In the William Claxton photo, Rollins cradled his horn like a six...

200811_043_span3

November 2008    Features

David Sanborn: The Blues and the Abstract Truth

In 1956 David Sanborn was a skinny 11-year-old kid whose left arm hung awkwardly, a result of his eight-year bout with polio. While the other boys were out playing sports, little David spent countless hours listening to the radio, falling in love with the...

200810_041_span3

October 2008    Features

Freddie Hubbard: The Show Must Go On

The blue-neon sign of the Iridium Jazz Club glowed softly behind Freddie Hubbard. The legendary trumpeter wore a yellow-straw fedora, a gold tie and a tailored dark suit with a handkerchief peeking out of the jacket pocket. He was celebrating his 70th birthday...

  • Email E-mail
  • Share Share
  • Rss RSS
  • Report Report

About Geoffrey Himes

Geoffrey_himes_thumb

When he’s not writing for JT, the longtime Baltimore resident is writing for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Harp, Paste, the Oxford American, Offbeat, Texas Music Magazine and the Baltimore City Paper.