• Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014

    It was business as usual at the Penang Island Jazz Festival 2014, following the tenth anniversary celebrations of the previous year. That milestone was no small feat for Festival Director Paul Augustin...

  • Dave King: We do music, so we know music

    Ever the emphatic artist, drummer Dave King is most famous as a founding member of the contemporary trio The Bad Plus. Rooted in jazz, The Bad Plus has taken creative music to a new abstract height...

  • Ben Sidran: The First Existential Jazz Rapper

    Ben Sidran is an old school hipster in the authentic sense of the word. He's a no frills, musician's musician who's got the heart, got the chops. He's been there, done that, and ready to do more...

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash is director Damien Chazelle's portrait of an aspiring jazz drummer who falls prey to an overbearing conservatory teacher. Although the film has attracted well-earned praise for its acting and editing...

  • Kobie Watkins: A Drummer's Voyage

    Chicago native Kobie Watkins is a leading voice in the new generation of jazz drummers. I saw Watkins several months ago at The Jazz Room in Charlotte and his performance was bananas...

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  • Kid Ory   b. 1886
    Kid Ory
    Kid Ory
    1886 - 1973
    trombone
  • Ronnie Cuber   b. 1941
    Ronnie Cuber
    Ronnie Cuber
    b.1941
    sax, baritone
  • Cab Calloway   b. 1907
    Cab Calloway
    Cab Calloway
    1907 - 1994
    composer/conductor
  • Bob James   b. 1939
    Bob James
    Bob James
    b.1939
    piano
  • Don Pullen   b. 1941
    Don Pullen
    Don Pullen
    1941 - 1995
    piano
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