jazz

Dave Brubeck on the cover of his album, The Essential Dave Brubeck
Keith Chaffee, December 04, 2020

On December 6, 1920, Dave Brubeck was born. For more than sixty years, Brubeck was one of our most popular and acclaimed jazz pianists, particularly noted for his experiments with unusual rhythms.


Jimmy Scott on cover of his album, But Beautiful
Keith Chaffee, July 17, 2020

On July 17, 1925, Jimmy Scott was born. Scott was a jazz singer with two distinct career phases. His music in the 1940s and 1950s sat on the boundary of jazz and R&B; when he reappeared in the 1990s and 2000s, it was as a singer of traditional jazz ballads.


Billy Strayhorn is a jazz composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger.
Keith Chaffee, November 30, 2019

Billy Strayhorn was born on November 29, 1915. Strayhorn was a jazz composer and arranger who spent most of his career as Duke Ellington’s creative partner.


Sonny Rollins, an influential jazz musician
Keith Chaffee, September 06, 2019

Sonny Rollins was born on September 7, 1930. Rollins is a tenor saxophone player, and a highly influential jazz musician. Several of his compositions have become jazz standards.


American jazz bass player and composer, Charlie Haden
Keith Chaffee, August 02, 2019

Charlie Haden was born on August 6, 1937. Haden was a jazz bass player, composer, and educator whose career spanned more than 50 years.


Nightclub at 42nd and Central Avenue, with Lucille and Edward on the right.
Photo Friends, May 15, 2019

Whether you want it hot or cool, swingin’ or slow, Dixieland or experimental, there’s jazz to fit your mood, mellow you out, pick you up. Jazz was born in New Orleans—the only place in the U.S. in the 1800s where slaves were allowed to own drums.


Herbie Mann playing his flute
Keith Chaffee, April 16, 2018

On April 16, 1930, Herbie Mann was born. Mann was a jazz flutist whose blending of jazz with other styles was often looked down on by jazz purists, but made him one of the best-selling jazz musicians of his era.


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