Features

Steve Slagle (photo: Chris Drukker)

Overdue Ovation: Steve Slagle Stays Optimistic

Optimism is an unlikely through line for a jazz statement born, reared, and recorded during a pandemic. But alto saxophonist and composer Steve Slagle can …

Horace Silver United States of Mind

JazzTimes 10: Essential Horace Silver Recordings

The sound that Horace Silver pioneered in the ’50s and ’60s—for a while, all but synonymous with the sound of Blue Note Records—is …

John Chin

John Chin on Being an Asian-American Jazz Musician

In the wake of the March 16 shooting in Atlanta that killed eight people, violence against Asians hit the top of the news cycle. It …

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Camille Thurman: Before & After

Camille Thurman blowing tenor with the Jazz at Lincoln Center big band behind her. Fronting the quartet co-led by drummer Darrell Green. Switching from …

Sam Gendel (photo: Marcella Cytrynowicz)

Chops: Sam Gendel Creates a Distinctive Sax Sound

About four years ago, saxophonist Sam Gendel appeared in the YouTube-verse blowing raging solos with Louis Cole’s Knower project. Since then he’s …

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Newport Jazz 2021 Lineup Announced

The Newport Jazz Festival’s 2021 return to live performance is solidifying: The legendary festival announced today at least some of the lineup for its …

Jeff Chambers

Jeff Chambers, Beloved Bassist, Dies at 66

Jeff Chambers, a bassist who was regarded as one of the finest in the United States and an institution on the West Coast, died May …

Reviews

Cisco Bradley: Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker

Cisco Bradley: Universal Tonality: The Life and Music of William Parker (Duke University Press)

The phrase “force of nature” has been used to describe numerous jazz musicians, owing to a strong personality, an intense body of work, or perhaps …