Jazz

Sound Evidence

Philadelphia's Jamaaladeen Tacuma has been pushing the boundaries of the electric bass for over four decades, and always commands attention with his unique sound and style. His mastery of the instrument and commitment to the jazz community has inspired the City of Philadelphia to present him with this year’s Benny Golson Award, named for the great sax player.

April 2, 2018. Pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock, and drummer Jack DeJohnette have made music together for over 40 years.  The sole exception was a two-year hiatus in the ‘90s when Jarrett’s health issues intervened. After the Fall (Live), recorded in 1998, immortalizes their first live performance after that pause and, well, let’s just say that for these guys, it was like getting back on a bike.

It's too cold! It’s too hot! It’s really kind of feverish. Listen to a jazz riot of emotions. Here are 10 spring standouts curated by Jazz Director Maureen Malloy. Each, in no special order, has inspired hundreds of interpretations.

When Johann Sebastian Bach compiled the first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier in 1722, he wrote that the 24 preludes and fugues were "for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning, and especially for the pastime of those already skilled in this study."

March 26, 2018. With an extensive resume spanning from Hollywood to Broadway and covering the depths of jazz, it’s no wonder trumpeter Louise Baranger could lead a band that nails tunes from the ‘60s and ‘70s. She does just that on the album Louise Baranger Plays The Great American Groove Book.

March 19, 2018. Guitarist John Hart, Hammond organist Adam Scone and drummer Rudy Albin Petschauer got together to record an album that doesn’t seem like it should make sense —until you realize the idea couldn’t be more perfect. The quintessentially American organ trio plays British pop music in a traditional way  on their new release, Leading the British Invasion.


Thinking about the legacy of jazz pianist Bill Evans, you might be surprised to know that some cool cats named Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and—especially—Johann Sebastian Bach helped shape his sound.

March 12, 2018. At age 75, Dr. Lonnie Smith still knows how to party. His new release, All In My Mind, was recorded last summer at his birthday celebration at The Jazz Standard in New York City. Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Johnathan Blake make this a trio record to remember.

Week of February 26, 2018. Puerto de Buenos Aires 1933: El Eco With Guillermo Nojechowicz. In his latest album, Argentine-born drummer and composer Guillermo Nojechowicz creates an expansive soundscape inspired his grandmother’s journey from Warsaw to Buenos Aires to escape rising anti-Semitism.

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