Runners-Up Are Justin Brown, Colin Stranahan
Drummer Ralph Peterson was one of Art Blakey’s last protégés, and he seems to have drawn a lot from his mentor: a gregarious comfort in the leader’s position; a flaying mastery that drives his bands without flagging, even if that sometimes means privileging...
The alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 in part because he is enamored with discursive ideas, ways that music can interact beyond its own boundaries but still embody itself fully. As a spoken language—with conversation, interruption...
A glimpse at the five Tony Williams albums with tunes covered on Spectrum Road
A certified supergroup featuring Vernon Reid, John Medeski, Jack Bruce and Cindy Blackman Santana
On bassist Linda Oh’s latest record, Initial Here , you’ll find a host of mind-bending surprises and taut, 90-degree turns. But this album, her second, holds together well—better than 2009’s Entry , her buzzed-about but impetuous debut. Initial Here finds...
Since the 1950s, Ahmad Jamal has been coaxing jazz standards onto the dance floor. Taking his time, noting a song’s curves and the rhythm of its step, he builds a simple, pulsing phrase in the left hand with all the circular motion of a swaying hip. Then...
A definitive profile of jazz's great commercial hope
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After a life of struggle, the D.C. bass great pulls no punches
A New Orleans institution celebrates in New York
Throughout Tim Ries’ career, jazz has served as a useful launching pad, a touchstone. But when he leafs through modern jazz’s founding texts, the saxophonist isn’t searching for commandments or dogmas, just ideas. Before his latest release, Live at Smalls...
Harlem is a jazz mecca again, and these are some of the hottest hotspots
How a thriving community of hip-hop generation jazz musicians is reclaiming hallowed uptown ground
The trumpeter and educator channels his experiences into lessons
Marcus Miller, Wayne Shorter, Anat Cohen and more at Italy’s greatest jazz celebration
About Giovanni Russonello
Giovanni Russonello joined the JazzTimes community on Jul 12, 2011