The swing era may have been the age of the big bands, but bandleaders often found it worth their while to break small groups out of their larger orchestras.
He could split the stratosphere with his high notes, play you sweet and low with his ballads--and woe to any other trumpeter who showed up ready to jam.
Jazz and the night: moody, evocative music for the evening.
In the final months of their lives, jazz artists have sometimes made recordings of great power and poignancy.
From 1949 to 1954 Artie Shaw made a number of recordings that form one of the most dynamic chapters of his career--and the concluding one as well.
Interviews with Sam Rivers and Darcy James Argue, new reissues of Artie Shaw and Duke Ellington, a new online jazz journal and more.
Mosaic Records has a Shaw set in the works--plus updates on Ellington and Jamal.
As the swing era gave way to new and challenging sounds, a generation of bandleaders was forced to take notice.
What happens when a jazz artist meets a string quartet?