Bret Primack

Bret’s Contributions


October 1998    Hearsay

John Fedchock

Trombonist, composer and big band leader John Fedchock has a mission. Half a century ago, he explains, “the two biggest stars in the music industry were trombone players with big bands [Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller]. After that, the trombone player was...


October 1998    Hearsay

Patrick Zimmerli

Patrick Zimmerli’s new Arabesque CD, Twelve Sacred Dances, is a suite of interrelated movements for jazz quartet. Zimmerli, who won the first annual BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Composers’ Competition in 1993 for “The Paw,” is both a composer and...


October 1998    Albums

Battle Cry
Ryan Kisor

At 24, Ryan Kisor is one of the best young trumpeters in New York. Since winning the Monk Competition at 18, Kisor has played with the Mingus Big Band, the Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center Jazz and Vanguard Orchestras, developing his craft and an energetic...


October 1998    Features

Maynard Ferguson: 7th Heaven

This May 4th, Maynard Ferguson celebrated his 70th Birthday with a weeklong gig at the Blue Note in New York featuring his latest band, Big Bop Noveau (to hear one of the sets, check out the Blue Note broadcast archives, on the web at http://www.audionet...


June 1998    Hearsay

Marie McAuliffe

Marie McAuliffe. Her music is provocative. A pianist/composer based in lower Manhattan, her group is called the Arksextet and its eponymous debut appears on Koch Jazz. After her 1979 arrival in New York, she studied with Barry Harris and at Jazzmobile as...


June 1998    Hearsay

Jack Perla

There are many fine musicians playing jazz today but precious few memorable composers. Where have they gone? To help find them, The Thelonious Monk Institute and BMI have teamed up to present a yearly Jazz Composers Award and the 1997 winner was Jack Perla...


June 1998    Hearsay

Loren Stillman

Loren Stillman, a 17-year-old high school senior from Croton, New York, makes his recording debut with Cosmos on Soul Note, recorded when he was 15. He’d already been playing for eight years by then, inspired by an uncle, Michael Stillman who “played the...


June 1998    Features

Sonny Rollins: Summoning the Muse

The new year begins much warmer than usual in New York. Although I love bicycling in the park, 53 degrees on January third just doesn’t feel right. Is it El Niño, global warming or some eleventh hour omen foretelling a pyrrhic millennium apocalypse? While...


May 1998    Hearsay

Greg Tardy

Taking a page from Trane’s book is 30-year-old Greg Tardy, whose new recording on Impulse! is entitled Serendipity. Lewis Porter’s new book, John Coltrane, His Life and Music, details Trane’s practice regime, a course that Greg Tardy is set to follow: “I...


May 1998    Hearsay

Loston Harris

The title track, “Comes Love,” jumps right out at you. There’s something distinctive about Loston Harris’ voice and his piano on his N2K Encoded Music debut. Something that calls for repeated listening. He started as a drummer and ended up at Virginia Commonwealth...


May 1998    Features

Frank Sinatra: Through The Lens Of Jazz

Frank Sinatra turned 83 last December and as the 20th Century draws to a close, we offer this tribute to a man whose impact on our popular culture has been preeminent. Later this year, Hofstra University will play host to a Frank Sinatra Conference for in...


May 1998    Features

Al Grey: Sounding Fab

Al Grey has his own trombone sound, recognizable in just two or three notes. Like his friend Clark Terry, the sound he caresses from his horn is totally original, a musical signature that has been in the ears of jazz listeners for more than half a century...

May 1998    Labels

Label Watch: Verve’s Ultimate Series

Verve’s new Ultimate series offers a novel twist on the “Best of” concept. Each CD from the Ultimate series features a musical overview of a particular artist chosen by another artist. The first set, released last October, included the music of: Ella Fitzgerald...


April 1998    Hearsay

Will Bernard

“The challenge is to put all my influences together in an organic package,” reports Bay Area guitarist Will Bernard, whose Antilles debut is entitled Medicine Hat. Bernard played with Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble and Jai Uttal’s Pagan Love Orchestra...


April 1998    Hearsay

Chuck Israels

What a resume! Just out of Brandeis University back in the late ’50s, bassist Chuck Israels was part of a European group that included Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke and Lucky Thompson. And his first recording was the 1958 meeting between John Coltrane and Cecil...


April 1998    Albums

Ben Monder

Seven originals and the standard "I'll Remember April" are featured on Monder's debut recording, a trio set with Ben Street on bass and Brooklyn's own wizard of the beat, Jim Black on drums and percussion. Monder's fingers have been in numerous and varied...

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About Bret Primack


A journalist who has published hundreds of articles and liner notes, Bret Primack is a graduate of NYU Film School who has worked in documentaries and industrials. He returned 
to filmmaking in 2004 when he began producing videos for jazz musicians. The debut of YouTube
 and the opportunity for global distribution was the catalyst for his nickname, Jazz Video Guy. Bret's YouTube channel now features more than 600 videos which have nearly 17 million views.

Writer/Video Journalist Bret Primack has been at the forefront of new media since he co-founded
 Jazz Central Station in 1995. In 1997 he was the first Jazz blogger with Bird Lives, where, 
as the Pariah, his heartfelt diatribes struck a responsive chord in the music industry. 
Bret has also created websites for Sonny Rollins, Billy Taylor, and Joe Lovano, among many others.

"When I I first started posting jazz video in the Spring of 2006, web video was just getting started and there
 were plenty of skeptics,” Bret explains. “But now, five years later, video is the most heavily utilized part of the web. Today, people
 can jump on YouTube and check out John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. That ability to watch so many jazz artists on demand is one the reasons for the tremendous popularity of Jazz on YouTube.”