| Jun 15, 2012
| 4:23 PM
Phil Woods did not play as many notes Thursday night, during his performance in Easton, as he did during his days with Benny Goodman and Dizzy Gillespie. But the notes that he played with pupils, Nelson Hill and Jay Rattman, were precise punches....
| Mar 16, 2012
| 9:42 AM
One of the best jazz re-issues from last year was Columbia/Legacy's Live in Europe 1967, a 3-CD/DVD package that captured Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet — Davis, tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 7:17 AM
Last May, during a conference on "Race, Gender & the Blues" at Dominican University, the master harmonica player Sugar Blue addressed the theme in an impassioned, unforgettable soliloquy.
Lamenting that blues increasingly has been expropriated by white...
| Jun 27, 2012
| 2:22 PM
Louis Armstrong once said, “Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them.”
Jazz legends and old friends Ben Tucker and Lou Donaldson still have the music in them. That’s why the octogenarians are...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 4:07 PM
Revered around the world but never a major star, worshipped by critics and connoisseurs but perpetually strapped for cash, the towering Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman practically went out of his way to avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 11:00 AM
Isaac Young Quartet
Opening for Marco Benevento, Dec. 13, 9 p.m., $12-$15, Arch Street Tavern, 85 Arch St., Hartford, (860) 246-7610, manicproductions.org.
The jazz world is roomy, with many corners to explore.
There's the academic scene, always...