The second-Saturday Jazz Fest appearance by Havana-born pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and percussionist Pedrito Martinez marks a visit by two of the most talented musicians in the world, in an unusual […]
Politics divides, but jazz unites. —Ronell Johnson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band trombonist. The Havana Jazz Festival is probably best-known as the place where Dizzy Gillespie first heard Irakere, whose members […]
ARTURO SANDOVAL: SATURDAY, APRIL 30—ZATARAIN’S WWOZ JAZZ TENT, 5:35 P.M. There are precious few musicians in the world as fully realized as Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. His formidable improvisational […]
In 1963, Bobby Dwayne Womack was just 19 when he wrote “It’s All Over Now”—inspired by his uncle’s woman troubles—for he and his brothers’ band, The Valentinos. Although the song […]
Bill Summers’ place in the jazz firmament was set the moment he tooted on a beer bottle tuned to C in the introduction to Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” in 1973. […]
Bryan Lee might have come into this world a cheesehead up in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, but as soon as he heard those great, long-distance blues radio shows as a little […]
Although France may have only produced two jazz musicians of real genius, those two musicians alone give France pretty respectable bragging rights: Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Their quintet recordings […]
Imagine a young Bob Dylan and an equally young Mavis Staples—married. It could have happened, according to Mavis. She recently told the story via telephone from her Chicago condo that faces cold Lake Michigan.