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November 27, 2017

 

Photo of the loft's stairwell.

Music In All Things: W. Eugene Smith And The Jazz Loft

How a photographer captured a creative corner of mid-20th-century American culture in images and in sound.

October 20, 2017

 

Front cover of Dizzy Gillespie Savoy LP

Diggin’ Diz: A Musical Portrait Of Dizzy Gillespie In The 1940s

Celebrating the early years of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in honor of his centennial.

August 23, 2017

 

cover of Martial Solal Complete Vogue volume 1

Caravan: Martial Solal, The Early Years

"To French listeners and writers of the 1950s and 60s… Solal’s power was spectacular." Surveying the arrival of a modern jazz piano giant.

August 11, 2017

 

Cover of Jaco Pastorius' eponymous 1976 album

The Greatest Bass Player In The World: Jaco Pastorius

In the history of jazz, there are only a few innovators who’ve actually changed the sound of their instrument. Jaco Pastorius was one of them.

August 3, 2017

 

Cover of Teddy Wilson 78 album

Teddy Wilson Set Coming From Mosaic Records, Plus A Mosaic Update

Details about Mosaic's new set devoted to the swing-era pianist, plus Mosaic's Scott Wenzel on the label's state of health.

July 30, 2017

 

Guitarist Charlie Christian

Electrifying: Charlie Christian

Christian laid the foundation for the guitar as a modern-jazz instrument, creating single-note lines and solos that swung with imagination and vitality.

July 21, 2017

 

The book jacket for Paul Combs' biography of jazz musician Tadd Dameron

Our Delight: The Music Of Tadd Dameron

Exploring the life and compositions of "the architect of bop."

June 19, 2017

 

Cover of Lee Morgan's Live at the Lighthouse album.

After The All-Stars: Live At The Lighthouse 1960-1972

In the 1960s a beacon of West Coast jazz became a destination for hardbop and soul-jazz acts.

May 28, 2017

 

National Cemetery at Leavenworth, Kansas.

Night Lights For Memorial Day

Jazz elegies, Glenn Miller's Army Air Force orchestra, Duke Ellington's Treasury broadcasts, and more.

May 26, 2017

 

Cover of I Remember Django LP

Turn Out The Stars: Volume 5

Another volume of jazz elegies in honor of jazz artists who have passed on, including tributes to Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Noone, Johnny Hodges, and others.

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