5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

It's still April, so I'm taking a look at some of the standout versions of Vernon Duke's "April in Paris" (AIP hereon), a standard that has always put a (groan) spring in my step this time of year. In chronological order... 1. Charlie Parker from Charlie Parker with Strings, Mercury MC-C-101, 1950 To paraphrase Jon Lovitz … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Classic Versions of “April in Paris”

5 for Friday: 5 Solos by Jazz Musicians on Rock/Pop Tunes

For the second "5 on Friday", let's check out some of the better examples of when jazz players had guest solos on albums by major rock and pop artists. The soloists generally fit right in to their new roles, as each of the popular artists were/are know to incorporate jazz harmonies into their songs, some … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Solos by Jazz Musicians on Rock/Pop Tunes

5 for Friday: 5 Great Jazz Musicians Born in Boston

I'm going to try this feature out and see if I like it. Every Friday at 5pm, I'll post a list of five...things. For the first one, I've assembled a list of five all-time greats born in the Boston area. The list includes: two members of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, two of the greatest drummers … Continue reading 5 for Friday: 5 Great Jazz Musicians Born in Boston