A 19 year old Grace Kelly performing with trumpeter and Berklee professor Jason Palmer at Lake George Jazz Weekend a few years ago

Women of Modern Jazz

Over the years, jazz has developed thanks to the many revolutionary musicians who have influenced and inspired other musicians — an influence that has extended beyond just the realm of jazz. For example, Erykah Badu has been compared to Billie Holiday; Kimbra uses jazz elements in her modern electro-pop music. At the bottom of the page you will [...]

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Jazz Across the Pond: Milton Nascimento

For the last 50 years, Milton Nascimento has been the voice of Brazilian music. As an acclaimed songwriter and one of the most identifiable and beloved voices in Brazilian music history, the New York Times writes, “Nascimento is gifted with one of the most extraordinary voices in popular music, a benevolent tenor that floats upward [...]

Wynton Marsalis Dedicates Time to Jazz Education

Know Your Standards!

To become a well-rounded musician, there’s a lot to learn. You need to be able to read, improvise, learn about the masters, and keep your mind open to a lot of music. By listening, you will come to know common tunes, known as standards. In other articles, I’ve written about how I have attended some [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Billy Strayhorn

Composer’s Spotlight: Billy Strayhorn

“Billy Strayhorn was my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head, my brainwaves in his head, and his in mine.” – Duke Ellington 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 [...]

Kenneth Dahl Knudsen in action with Thomas Oakman on trumpet and Karol Domański on drums

Groovin’ from Denmark to Berlin and ‘Round the World

On a beautiful Saturday evening in June, I sat down for coffee and a chat with the award-winning Danish bassist, composer, and friend, Kenneth Dahl Knudsen. A busy player on the European jazz scene, Knudsen had just finished playing with a Danish/Latvian group, featuring world-class pianist Aaron Parks and Berklee alum Christian Frank; Knudsen’s busy [...]

Composer and Arranger Don Redman

Composer’s Spotlight: Don Redman

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 [...]

          January 31, 2015