Apart from Claudio Roditi’s musical skill, what stood out was his warmth.
Camile Bertault is an uncommon talent. She has a crystalline voice, good intonation, understands the rhythmic and harmonic underpinnings of jazz and has a prodigious memory.
Trumpeter Jack Sheldon will be missed for much more than his musical output would account for.
The current incarnation of the Swingle Singers, just called Swingles, exemplifies why the group has survived 57 years.
An eclectic round-up of our favorite books of the year from our critics.
Pianist Kris Davis’s Diatom Ribbons and the multi-disc set Nat King Cole’s Hittin’ the Ramp: The Early Years (1936-43) are among the albums that made more than one list.
All three groups in this Blue Note anniversary concert were distinctly different. One was shaded with a hip hop influence, one proffered organ trio jazz-funk and one, all female, had singing as its focal point.
To hear Nat King Cole move from an anonymous member of a backing chorus to a world-class vocal soloist is well worth the time this boxed set demands.
You can go home again, daddy-o, but you’re not the same person you were the first time around.
Johnny Hodges was originally a Cambridge/Boston guy, and one of the most interesting sections of Con Chapman biography is his knowledgeable description of the local jazz scene in the 1910’s and ’20s.