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.
His music is loved by millions of people around the world—forever associated with the TV version of a popular comic strip. Who was the man behind that music?
John Coltrane revolutionized the sound of modern jazz and wrote a number of compositions that have become jazz standards.
The Beatles’ explosive arrival on the American music scene in 1964 shook up the jazz world just as much as it did the rest of America—perhaps even more so.
Many of Horace Silver's compositions, such as “Opus de Funk,” “The Preacher,” “Nica’s Dream,” and “Peace” have become jazz standards heard frequently today.
As the buzz about the Woody Herman big band grew, its leader told Philips producer Jack Tracy, "Don't give this one a number. Just call it 'the Swingin' Herd.'"
Pete Candoli, a trumpeter whose Superman-caped solos with the Woody Herman orchestra captured the exuberance of the swing era, has passed away at the age of 84.
As expected, many more Oscar Peterson articles and tributes have appeared in the past two days. Here are a few of them:Lots of love and spirited dissension in this Organissimo discussion…
Trumpeter Sonny Berman died at the age of 21 in 1947, leaving behind only a few brilliant solos, most of them recorded with Woody Herman's big band.
As the swing era gave way to new and challenging sounds, a generation of bandleaders was forced to take notice.