Pete La Roca

Chronology: Steve Swallow Remembers Pete La Roca

My assignment for this month’s column was to write about Basra, the classic 1965 Blue Note album by drummer Pete “La Roca” Sims (1938 …

Shai Maestro

Shai Maestro Is Only Human

Absorption. Energy. Pinched nerves. Grandmothers. These might seem like off-kilter topics for an interview with athletic Israeli pianist/composer Shai Maestro and his equally …

Dizzy Gillespie Complete RCA Victor Recordings

JazzTimes 10: Essential Dizzy Gillespie Recordings

He loved the nickname “Dizzy,” and he did everything he could to live up to it. The hyperactive stage antics, the puffed cheeks, the distinctive …


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Warren Wolf

Warren Wolf: A Before & After Listening Session

After a year of lockdown, it’s getting hard to tell if someone is naturally gregarious, or if the need for conversation and interaction is …

Gerald Veasley’s Bass Boot Camp the way it used to be. (Courtesy of Roxanne Veasley)

Chops: Teaching Adults to Play Jazz

This column usually focuses on the needs of more advanced or professional musicians. But what about all of us jazz fans who don’t play …

Dee Dee Bridgewater Newport 2019

Detroit Jazz Festival Announces 2021 Lineup

The Detroit Jazz Festival has announced its 2021 lineup—although it has yet to finalize a format for its presentation. Headliners in Detroit from September …

Sérgio Brandão

Bassist Sérgio Brandão Dies at 65

Sérgio Brandão, a bassist and unofficial ambassador of Brazilian music who played on hundreds of recordings over the past four decades, died on …


Cover of The Lady Swings by Dottie Dodgion and Wayne Enstice

Dottie Dodgion & Wayne Enstice: The Lady Swings: Memoirs of a Jazz Drummer (University of Illinois Press)

If some of your first gigs were with Charles Mingus, Benny Goodman, and your dad, you too would have the basis of a pretty good …