All About Jazz

Home » Articles | Reviews Only

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

Articles | Featured | Future

PROFILES

Sir Charles Thompson

Read "Sir Charles Thompson" reviewed by

The world of jazz is filled with royalty. Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman and Benny Carter were all dubbed “King" at one point or another, of jazz, swing and just plain, respectively. Ellington was Duke, Hines was an Earl and Basie held two titles, that of Count and King. When he was barely out of his teens, pianist Charles Phillip Thompson was dubbed “Sir." “They call me 'Sir Charles,'" he said backstage between sets during a recent gig at ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Sir Charles Thompson: Robbin's Nest

Read "Robbin's Nest" reviewed by

In his youthful years during the 1940s Sir Charles Thompson was fortunate enough to be situated at ground zero for the collision between swing and bebop. High profile sessions with Charlie Parker, Illinois Jacquet, Coleman Hawkins and others ensued as well as stints with Lester Young, Roy Eldridge and Don Byas. How’s that for a resume? All this fertile activity put Thompson on the map and cemented his place in jazz history. Five decades later comes this date instigated by ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Bobby Henderson, Sir Charles Thompson, Ray Bryant: Key One Up

Read "Key One Up" reviewed by

Here's a trivia question for music fans: What do Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Charlie Christian, George Benson, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Ray Vaughan share in common (aside from musical talent)?

Answer: All were discovered by John Hammond Sr.

The late John Hammond was a filthy rich Vanderbilt heir who parlayed his love for black music into an extraordinary career as a talent scout and producer. The Vanguard label is in the midst of compiling and re-releasing ...