Remembering Ray Santisi

1933 – 2014 ”As anyone familiar with the Boston scene knows, there are few things finer than hearing Ray take on an acoustic piano. But there are different ways to tackle the challenge, and Ray can make any path work. On June 2nd, Ray decided to put on a clinic. I’m not a piano player [...]

Isay Alvarez portraying Katy de la Cruz in a promotional shot for "Katy!" a musical based on de la Cruz's life.

Jazz Across the Pond: Katy de la Cruz

Born on February 13, 1907, in Bustos, Bulacan, Philippines, Katy de la Cruz (or “Mommy Kate” as she was affectionately known) was heralded as the “Queen of Filipino Jazz,” and was revered as one of the greatest entertainers in the history of the Philippines. De la Cruz’s singing career began when she was a young [...]

Joey Alexander a talented 11-year old pianist who has a bright future ahead of him

Music from the Emerald of the Equator

Indonesia has thousands of islands, each with its own story. The country also has a rich folk music tradition, showcasing the diversity of dialects and languages heard across the various regions of Indonesia. As of late, the nation has also developed a jazz tradition. Indonesia has some very talented jazz musicians, one being Indra Lesmana. [...]

Charlie Haden with Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry and Billy Higgins

Farewells of 2014

In 2014, the world mourned the loss of many great people; rock musician Lou Reed, actor Robin Williams, and former Boston mayor Thomas Menino were among those who passed away during the course of the year. In the jazz world, we said goodbye to many great musicians, including Horace Silver, Kenny Wheeler, and Charlie Haden.  [...]


Week 33: Freddie Hubbard’s Open Sesame

  This week’s album – Freddie Hubbard’s debut, Open Sesame – is a must have. Open Sesame, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s debut album, was released under Blue Note Records in 1960. The band was comprised of Tina Brooks on tenor saxophone, McCoy Tyner on piano, Clifford Jarvis on drums, and Sam Jones on bass. The record is introduced [...]

Christian Vander

Jazz Across the Pond: Christian Vander

Despite jazz being an American-born art, its influence has spread throughout the world, and is especially popular in Europe, where there reside a number of fantastic jazz artists who do not get the attention they deserve in the states. Among them is French drummer, composer, and vocalist Christian Vander. Biography Born on February 21, 1948, [...]

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