Jeff Tamarkin

Jeff’s Contributions


04/09/15    Albums

Take This
Jacky Terrasson

Nearly three minutes into the first of Take This ’ two interpretations of “Take Five,” pianist Jacky Terrasson, bassist Burniss Earl Travis II, drummer Lukmil Perez Herrera and percussionist Adama Diarra abruptly stop playing. The sudden dead silence lasts...


04/05/15    News

Ralph Sharon, Tony Bennett’s Pianist, Dies at 91

Accompanied the singer for more than 50 years


03/23/15    News

Keyboardist Alan Watson Dies

Keyboardist Alan Watson, who played during his nearly four-decade career with such musicians as Regina Belle, Terence Blanchard (who was once his roommate), Frank Lacy, Louis Hayes, Bobby Watson, Kenny Garrett, Lewis Nash, Cassandra Wilson and others, died...


03/16/15    News

Jazz Radio Host Bob Parlocha Dies at 76

Longtime fixture at Bay Area’s KJAZ


03/08/15    News

Trumpeter Lew Soloff Dies at 71

Prolific player first found fame with Blood, Sweat & Tears


03/07/15    Albums

Romance, Swing and the Blues
Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

Marcus Roberts went large with his latest. Financing the project with a Kickstarter campaign, the pianist-composer maintained his loyal trio of bassist Rodney Jordan and drummer Jason Marsalis, called upon tenor saxophonist Stephen Riley, an early cohort...


03/03/15    Interview

Bringing Cultures Together in Peace

How Bob Belden brought an American jazz band to an appreciative Iran


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

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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