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

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

Things Weren’t What They Used to Be

In 1962,  many very talented, young jazz artists were beginning to make their voices heard on the scene. Consider the following, along with the age they turned that year: Tony Williams, 17 Bobby Hutcherson, 21 Chick Corea, 21 Freddie Hubbard, 24 Lee Morgan, 24 McCoy Tyner, 24 Joe Henderson, 25 A staggering array of talent, but … Continue reading Things Weren’t What They Used to Be