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HORACE SILVER'S CLASSIC "SONG FOR MY FATHER" TURNS 50

While Song for My Father as a whole perfectly captured the Silver aura of his Blue Note days, the title melody, which was recorded 50 years ago on October 26, 1964, made jazz history. With Silver’s...

OTIS BROWN III

Drummer Otis Brown III wears his heart on his sleeve, and if you let the musical community that he is an integral part of tell it, the world is better off for it. After fifteen years of sideman...

JASON MORAN'S JOYFUL ELEGY FOR FATS WALLER

“Fats Waller is a special kind of provocateur. It stems mainly from the fact that he was a singer as well as a pianist. Sometimes he was like an MC.  It has always amazed me that a pianist whose...

KENNY BURRELL: RECKONING WITH THE BLUES

Sooner or later, every jazz musician arrives at a moment of reckoning with the blues. It’s a foundational language of improvisation, and a starting point; if you live on jazz time, it’s almost...