Art_Farmer

Art Farmer, King of the Flumpet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXHzJKALlm8 Profiles of jazz trumpeter Art Farmer are very interesting for what they leave out: There is relatively little about Farmer the man. No anecdotes, no...

Happy 127th Birthday, Luckey Roberts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKXQ_E5nM-M Early jazz pianist Charles Luckyth (Luckey) Roberts was born on this day in 1887. Here is more on Roberts from Wikipedia. AllMusic does a nice job as well....
"Nina Simone 1965" by Kroon, Ron / Anefo - [1] Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989, Nummer toegang 2.24.01.03 Bestanddeelnummer 918-5601. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nina_Simone_1965.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Nina_Simone_1965.jpg

Playlist: Five From Nina Simone

Nina Simone’s career tracks the experience of female African American artists during the middle and later part of the 20th century. The bottom line is that it wasn't easy. Simone was born as Eunice...
andrews_sisters

The Andrews Sisters and Jump Jazz

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfWc52smNs8 Minnesotans LaVerne, Maxene and Patty Andrews (originally Andreos) became a star act rather early. The first big hit -- in 1937 -- was a bit odd...

Playlist: Five From King Oliver

In the 1920s, jazz just was becoming jazz. One of the key figures in this process was Joseph Nathan (King) Oliver. Oliver was important for several reasons. The Red Hot Jazz Archive gives him a lot of credit...

George Benson is More Than Cool

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilMWCMu4Szc Charlie Christian is the Adam and Eve of electric jazz guitar. He is followed by Wes Montgomery who, in turn, is a half-step ahead of Joe Pass, Tal Farlow, Bucky...
matt_panayides

New Music: Matt Panayides

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hxZBYDaVTA&feature=youtu.be Progressive jazz guitarist Matt Panayides was nice enough to send over links to his work. Matt has an ongoing Kick Starter campaign to...
cyrille_aimee

Cyrille Aimée’s Great New Voice

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJjVjV0EYaM HT: Cousin ES Cyrille Aimée  is a great and innovative modern jazz singer. This is from her website: Winner of the Montreux Jazz Festival's International...

Playlist: Five From Red Garland

One of the fun things about running a site like this is finding unfamiliar artists. I had heard of Red Garland but didn't know how great he was. If you like classic jazz piano, you'll love Garland. Here is...
Edith_piaf

Edith Piaf Was The Little Sparrow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxByDgpLmss It's fascinating to consider what artists do when their countries are under military occupation. France during the Nazi era is a great example. This ambiguous...