Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff’s Contributions


03/01/15    News

Orrin Keepnews, Prolific Jazz Producer and Writer, Dies at 91

Launched Riverside, Milestone and Landmark labels


02/26/15    Albums

Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz Allstars

It’s curious that Bill O’Connell’s 11th album as a leader is titled after the revered John Lennon anthem covered within, because it’s atypical of most of his work. O’Connell’s stock-in-trade is bop-tempered Afro-Cuban rhythm, and few traces of such surface...


02/23/15    Concerts

Review: Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band at the Met

“A Musical Tribute to Thomas Hart Benton”


02/23/15    DVDs

DVD Review: The Language of the Unknown

Wayne Shorter concert and documentary


02/22/15    News

Clark Terry, 1920-2015

Trumpet legend dies after long bout with diabetes


01/28/15    Albums

All Of You: The Last Tour 1960
The Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane

John Coltrane had been an on-and-off member of Miles Davis’ First Great Quintet for five years when the group—filled out at this juncture by pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb—embarked on a European tour in early spring of...


01/26/15    Albums

Pacific Jazz
Clare Fischer Big Band Directed By Brent Fischer

Clare Fischer, who passed away in 2012 at age 83, was an extraordinarily prolific musician, with dozens of albums as a leader recorded over a half-century, a lengthy list of credits as composer, arranger (for Prince, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney as...


01/22/15    News

Ward Swingle, Founder of the Swingle Singers, Dead at 87

Vocal group wed classical melodies with jazz rhythms and harmonies


01/22/15    News

Bo Dollis, Mardi Gras Indians Big Chief, Dies at 71

Prominent frontman of NOLA’s Wild Magnolias


01/11/15    Features

Jamie Cullum: Thirtysomething

Keeping the flame of inspiration stoked


01/10/15    News

Ornette Coleman Quietly Releases New Album

“New Vocabulary” features music cut in 2009


01/04/15    Albums

Dayna Stephens

Since his debut as a leader, 2007’s The Timeless Now , saxophonist Dayna Stephens has surrounded himself with exceptional players, and his good taste continues on Peace , his fifth album. Joining Stephens here are pianist Brad Mehldau, guitarist Julian Lage...


01/03/15    News

Al Belletto, New Orleans Saxophonist, Dead at 86

Worked with Louis Prima, Woody Herman and others


01/02/15    News

Drummer Tommy Ruskin Dies at 72

Kansas City mainstay played with Metheny, Clark Terry, others


01/01/15    News

Guitarist Jeff Golub Dies at 59

Suffered from rare brain disorder that led to blindness and loss of functions


12/30/14    News

Pianist George Ziskind Dead at 86

George Ziskind, a Chicago-born pianist who studied under Lennie Tristano and worked with Tadd Dameron and others, died Dec. 12 in New York due to complications from lymphoma. He was 86. A child prodigy with perfect pitch, at age 17 Ziskind won a boogie-woogie...

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About Jeff Tamarkin


A former editor-in-chief of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix and Global Rhythm, Jeff Tamarkin is the Associate Editor of JazzTimes. He also spends his days (and often nights) freelancing for a variety of outlets, among them Playbill, the Boston Phoenix, Mojo, Relix and All Music Guide, covering anything from Appalachian string bands to Arabic pop music to rock, R&B, country and jazz of all kinds.

Jeff is the author of the biography Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane, as well as more than 75 liner notes and thousands of articles, reviews, press releases, bios, etc. Jeff has been a jazz fan since he was in the single digits and saw a couple of puppets lip-syncing to Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry's "Mumbles" on The Soupy Sales Show.

Jeff Tamarkin joined the JazzTimes community on Jan 31, 2008