Jammin’ the Blues
Jammin’ the Blues By the time Norman Granz completed production work on Jammin’ the Blues, Warner Bros paid him $240 and banned him from their lot for the rest of his life.  Granz was only...
Jane Ira Bloom's Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson
Jane Ira Bloom at the Dickinson Homestead in 2016 Last Friday, I had the honor of presenting to Jane Ira Bloom the Jazz Journalists Association 2017 Award for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year. Jane was...
Jay Hoggard
I’m featuring Jay Hoggard in tonight’s Jazz a la Mode. The vibraphonist is performing this weekend in Middletown, CT, not far from the campus of Wesleyan University, where he’s been on...
Jazz (Gift) Books
There’s no shortage of jazz biography and other writings continually adding to the sagging shelves of my bookcases, and an even greater profusion of titles in blues, soul, gospel and folklore has arrived...
Jazz à la Mode’s 30th Anniversary Celebration
Tom Reney with Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno Happy New Year! As we welcome the new year tonight, I’m devoting my final blog of 2014 to a “thank you” to everyone who made the celebration of Jazz a la...
Jazz at Lincoln Center at Tanglewood
Shaking the Rafters of Ozawa Hall I enjoyed a conversation about the recently deceased Gunther Schuller over lunch with my former NEPR colleague John Montanari on Tuesday. (Click here for my memorial...
Jazz dans Paris
A compendium of NEPR blog features on jazz in the City of Light In this week’s Jazz à la Mode, we’ll mourn the November 13 terrorist attacks against Paris and celebrate the special relationship that’s...
Jazz on a Summer’s Day
Bert Stern was “intrigued” and “amused” by the juxtaposition of “rich and poor,” as in rich Newport, poor jazz, when he decided to shoot a movie around the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958.  But...
Jean Baptiste "Illinois" Jacquet
Illinois Jacquet Scott Hamilton, the great tenor saxophonist and keeper of the flame, posted concert footage of Illinois Jacquet playing “Blues for Louisiana” on Facebook on September 6.  Scott’s...
Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham
Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham