Classic Jazz Records: There’s an App for That

A new app by Concord Music Group makes it easier than ever for Spotify users to stream classic jazz albums. It’s called Stylus, and it sure looks promising. The app’s album library contains over 1,200 titles from Concord’s family of record labels, including Concord Records, Concord Jazz, Stax, Fantasy, Hear Music, Milestone, Riverside, Specialty, Telarc, … Continue reading

Remembering Johnny Smith

Johnny Smith, the guitarist whose legato phrases became hallmarks of 1950s cool jazz, died of natural causes on June 11 in his home in Colorado. He was 90 years old. Smith, born June 25 in Birmingham, Alabama, taught himself to play guitar at the age of 13. After a brief stint in the Air Force … Continue reading

Kenny Burrell: How vs. When

Kenny Burrell is a fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene. As the Director of Jazz Studies at UCLA, he serves as the resident expert on all things Duke Ellington, and has even coined a phrase, “Ellingtonia,” to describe his in-depth study of Ellington lore. Oh, and if you didn’t already know, he’s an incredibly … Continue reading

Rites Of Swing: Jazz And Stravinsky : A Blog Supreme : NPR

A great article about how Igor Stravinsky’s “Rites of Spring” became a jazz standard. From NPR’s A Blog Supreme. Rites Of Swing: Jazz And Stravinsky : A Blog Supreme : NPR.

Most Popular Jam Session Tunes

I was invited to a jam session the other day by my friend Nick, a bass player. He wanted me to come over and help him work on some standards. Normally, I’d be all in for a good-old-fashioned jam session, but this one came with a catch. He wanted me to bring my guitar, an … Continue reading