Brandee Younger

Artist’s Choice: Brandee Younger on Impulse!

When I think of Impulse! Records, I first think of the Coltrane legacy and that classic orange, black, and white branding on the labels. Then …

Branford Marsalis with actor Glynn Turman, who played Toledo in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Photo credit: David Lee/Netflix)

Chops: Branford Marsalis and Howard Alden on Ghost Performances in Movies

The history of jazz musicians “ghosting” parts in films for non-playing actors is a long and storied one, from Nat Adderley playing the trumpet …

Jihye Lee

Jihye Lee: Daring to Lead

A decade ago, an apprehensive yet thrilled Jihye Lee walked into the Berklee College of Music with no jazz background or knowledge of the English …


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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 …

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 …

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 …

Sonny Simmons

Sonny Simmons 1933–2021

Sonny Simmons, an alto saxophonist and English hornist who cut a unique and long-overlooked figure in the jazz avant-garde, died on April 6 …


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 …