Tadd Dameron

Composer’s Spotlight: Tadd Dameron

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: Keith Jarrett

  Keith Jarrett is one of few established pianists to bridge the gap between mastering improvised jazz and classical concert performance. Life Keith Jarrett was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on May 8, 1945. Keith was born with absolute pitch — the ability to hear and name/identify a single pitch, or a group of pitches, immediately without [...]

Sheila-E.

Beantown Recap: “Who Said Girls Couldn’t Play Drums?”

This year’s Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival featured a great variety of different musical acts, including trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire’s band, the New York-based Snarky Puppy, and the main act, renowned percussionist Sheila E. Most people know Sheila Escovedo from her time playing with Prince’s band. She grew up in a musical family; her dad, Pete Escovedo, was a percussionist and [...]

Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland at Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen

An Introduction to the Copenhagen Jazz Scene

  A second home for jazz musicians such as Dexter Gordon, Kenny Drew, Ben Webster, Thad Jones, Horace Parlan and Stan Getz, Copenhagen, Denmark, was one of the main centers of European jazz in the 1960s, along with cities such as Paris and Stockholm. These guys would regularly play at the famous Jazzhouse Montmartre, which opened [...]

Ray-Charles

Piano Spotlight: Ray Charles

A pioneer of soul, blues, gospel, and country music, Ray Charles has become one of the most loved and respected names in music history. Life Ray Charles Robinson was born on September 23, 1930, in Albany, Georgia, to Aretha and Bailey Robinson. As a child, he and his family moved to Greenville, Florida. His mother [...]

          February 10, 2018