5 for Friday: 5 Pairs of Jazzmen Born on the Same Day

Ah, the random things that will catch your eye when you're studying jazz history. I have found 5 pairs of jazz musicians who share the same birth date. Not just the same day, but the same year, too. Useful? Probably not. Mildly interesting? I guess that's up to the reader. One observation is that for … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Pairs of Jazzmen Born on the Same Day

Tips to Jazzify Your Playing

As a musician who plays jazz, I am introducing a new occasional feature with a focus on playing. And although I'm a guitarist, I think a lot of what I'll share will apply to any instrument. If you are a contemporary musician, it's likely that your main — or only — style is not jazz. … Continue reading Tips to Jazzify Your Playing

Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, Destination…Out! (1964 Blue Note mono)

Original Pressing: Blue Note, BLP 4165.1 (1964) Musicians Jackie McLean (as), Grachan Moncur, III (tbn), Bobby Hutcherson (vib), Larry Ridley (b), Roy Haynes (d) Cover design: Reid Miles Liner notes: Jackie McLean Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, June 25, 1964. My gateway to Jackie McLean was 1963's Let Freedom Ring , after which I … Continue reading Pressing Issues: Jackie McLean, Destination…Out! (1964 Blue Note mono)

5 for Friday: 5 Revealing Quotes from Miles Davis’s 1962 Interview with Playboy

In 1962, Playboy magazine published its first interview, which just happened to be a conversation between jazz's biggest star and Alex Haley. It's amazing to me that we are still dealing with these same issues, nearly 60 years later. I highly recommend that you read the entire interview, as it is a fascinating window into the … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Revealing Quotes from Miles Davis’s 1962 Interview with Playboy