Trumpeter/Composer Kenny Wheeler

Melancholy and Chaos: Remembering Kenny Wheeler

“Everything I do has a touch of melancholy and a touch of chaos.” – Kenny Wheeler On September 18, the jazz community was dealt a tough blow with the death of jazz trumpeter and composer, Kenny Wheeler. A staple on the British jazz scene for much of the last 50 years, the 84-year-old jazz legend [...]

Jakob Bro and Thomas Morgan in action

From Seeing to Playing with a Hero

Born in 1978, Jakob Bro is one of Denmark’s most popular jazz guitarists; in my opinion, he is perhaps the best, and is known for stellar collaborations with artists such as Paul Motian, Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell (Berklee ’77), and George Garzone, to name a few. If you listen to his music, you will hear [...]

Frank Foster

Composer’s Spotlight: Frank Foster

Whenever one is asked to define jazz, it is tempting to cite great jazz improvisers, such as Bird, Trane, Hawk, Brecker, and countless others, yet such a view would seem to be shortsighted. Developing out of Western harmony and African rhythms, jazz reached the peak of its popularity in the 1920s and ‘30s with the [...]

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Piano Spotlight: Cory Henry

Cory Henry is amongst the ranks of new jazz, gospel, and r&b musicians like Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding paving the way for new waves of the genres. Life Cory Henry was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a child he spent much of his time in the local church, which had a [...]

          February 10, 2018