Art Blakey: Praise the Messenger

Everybody does the voice. Not just for his characteristic sayings, but for the mundanities. “He’d say, ‘Thank you,’” recalls trombonist Robin Eubanks, putting “Thank …

Mary Lou Williams

Chronology: Mary Lou Williams and the Spirits of ’76

Nobody embodied the jazz tradition quite like Mary Lou Williams. She was born in 1910 and helped define stride piano, big-band, and boogie-woogie …

Sean Jones

Sean Jones: A Challenging Life

Sean Jones is a man in motion. At 6 p.m. on a Wednesday evening in early summer, the trumpeter is sitting in a dressing …


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Before & After: Leon Parker

Leon Parker has been keeping busy since he returned to the United States a few years ago, having previously spent about two decades abroad in …

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ravi Coltrane at the 27th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival.

Photos: Scene at the 27th Annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

Bebop pioneer Charlie “Bird” Parker is often credited for bringing jazz into the modern era. And for the past 27 years the festival named …

Bria Skonberg

JT Track Premiere: “Blackout” by Bria Skonberg

JazzTimes is honored to present the premiere of “Blackout” by Bria Skonberg. The song will appear on the Canadian trumpeter, vocalist, and composer’s latest …

Ginger Baker 1939-2019

Ginger Baker, a British drummer who, though steeped in jazz technique, became one of the most influential percussionists in rock music, died October 6 at …


Allison Miller

Live Review: 2019 Monterey Jazz Festival

Much like Ernest Hemingway’s famous description of how bankruptcy happens (“Gradually and then suddenly,” he wrote in The Sun Also Rises), the pervasive presence …