Frank Kimbrough

Frank Kimbrough: An Overlooked Composer

The jazz press noted the death of pianist Frank Kimbrough, who succumbed to an apparent heart attack at 64 on December 30, 2020, but gave …

Buddy Montgomery (L) with his mentor Milt Jackson backstage at Merkin Hall, New York, February 1999. (Photo: Alan Nahigian)

Chronology: Buddy Montgomery, a Little Brother Like No Other

Great individualists in jazz often constitute a School of One—musicians with such personal and idiosyncratic identities that they hover in a liminal state, anchored …

Brian Jackson (Courtesy of Artform Studio)

Overdue Ovation: Brian Jackson Emerges from Behind the Curtain

For better or worse, Brian Jackson’s name will be forever tied to his symbiotic collaboration with Gil Scott-Heron. Mostly for better, because the …


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Randy Klein and Alex Skolnick (L). (Photo: Lena Adasheva)

Artist’s Choice: Randy Klein and Alex Skolnick Talk Cuban-Chinese Cuisine

At first glance, Randy Klein and Alex Skolnick appear to be odd partners. Pianist/keyboardist Klein has a deep R&B and musical-theater …

Khan Jamal

Vibraphonist and Bandleader Khan Jamal Dies at 75

Khan Jamal, a vibraphonist and percussionist whose music found a rapprochement between avant-garde experimentalism and fusion groove, died January 10 at Chestnut Hill Hospital …

Pianists Talk Piano Tuning

Chops: Piano Tuning and Jazz

It could be argued that the most underrecognized person in jazz recording and performance is not the producer, the live sound engineer, or the recording …

Alicia Olatuja (photo: Deneka Peniston)

Alicia Olatuja Breaks Through as New Kind of Vocal Coach

When the world shut down last year, so did Alicia Olatuja. The St. Louis, Missouri-bred vocalist sat in her New Jersey apartment one day …


Esperanza Spalding in Iphigenia

Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding’s …(Iphigenia) in Washington

Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding’s opera …(Iphigenia) begins with a woman dropping dead. Even in opera’s greatest tragedies the bodies don’t usually …