News came this Friday morning that tenor saxophonist and hardbop great Johnny Griffin has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 80.
Jazz pianist Ronnie Mathews has passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Booker Little was a talented young trumpeter and composer who’d already begun to fulfill his promise when illness struck him down at the age of 23.
Handy discusses why his quintet broke up, his experiences as a jazz educator, and his memories of Monterey and the mid-1960s rock scene.
A musical portrait of the early years of one of the few surviving saxophone heroes from the 1950s and 60s golden age of hardbop.
Jazz scholar Mike Fitzgerald, co-author of the Gigi Gryce biography Rat Race Blues, has been leading an effort to build a wonderful online jazz discography resource for the past several years. Recently he added 50 more leader discographies to his website, including pages for…
Art Blakey led the much-noted Jazz Messengers for four decades, and the lesser-known 1957 edition gave him one of his most diverse years on record.
After 25-year-old trumpet great Clifford Brown died unexpectedly in a 1956 car accident, some critics and fans looked to Donald Byrd as a possible successor.
Strata East: where adventurous hardbop went in the 1970s.