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There are jazz legends and then there are the “underground of the jazz renowned” – those who, although not as well known to the general public, are hailed by critics, revered by their legendary peers, influential upon younger players and sought after by collectors and cognoscenti. Hod O'Brien is one of these.
 Hod O’Brien is one of these quiet-and-true jazz giants. He burst upon the scene in the late 50s when he came to New York City from his hometown in the Berkshire Mountains of Northwest Connecticut near Lenox, Mass. and Tanglewood. He soon became part of the “loft scene” jamming with other bop-influenced players like Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Oscar Pettiford and Stan Getz, to name a few


The Series Finale - All Jazz is Local (2011 - 2018)

Read "The Series Finale - All Jazz is Local (2011 - 2018)" reviewed by Russell Perry

So far, we have broadcast ninety-nine one-hour programs to tell the story of the first 100 years of recorded jazz. We have heard the creative work of hundreds of players, composers, arrangers, and bandleaders, famous and obscure. Each of the contributors to this rich history had colleagues and bandmates with whom they played as they grew ...


Veronica Swift: Confessions

Read "Confessions" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A born be-bopper, it's literally impossible not to love the energy that 25 year old Veronica Swift brings to her game. Soulfully infused with an infectious passion for jazz past and future, she is building a grand foundation for a long and colorful career, guaranteeing plenty of great performances and listenings along the way.


Hod O'Brien Meets Sal Nistico

Hod O'Brien Meets Sal Nistico

Jazz was in a strange place in the 1980s. I remember being fresh out of college and working my first job at The New York Times. There were plenty of clubs in town, but other than the big ones where legends performed, the scene was fairly run down and thin on young people in the audience. ...


Hod O'Brien (1936-2016)

Hod O'Brien (1936-2016)

Hod O'Brien, a ruggedly handsome and soft-spoken bebop pianist who came to jazz in the late 1950s, left jazz for 10 years in the 1960s and early 1970s, only to return to the music, becoming one of the most highly regarded and tasteful pianists of his generation, died on Nov. 20. He was 80. Born in ...


Hod O'Brien, 1936-2016

Hod O'Brien, 1936-2016

Friends of Hod O’Brien report that the pianist died yesterday at 80 following a long battle against cancer. He continued an active playing life even as he underwent treatment for the disease. Born in jny: Chicago, O’Brien attended Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. He became active in New York jazz circles in the ...


Hod O'Brien: Exceptional Piano

Hod O'Brien: Exceptional Piano

There aren't too many non-brand jazz pianists left who can make you sit up and take notice. I'm talking about players like the late Eddie Higgins and John Bunch—players insiders knew. What makes an exceptional jazz pianist? Swing, confidence, tasteful voicings and inventive lines. Swing, meaning an impeccable sense of time that allows the player to ...


Stephanie Nakasian: The Renaissance Woman of Jazz

Read "Stephanie Nakasian: The Renaissance Woman of Jazz" reviewed by Nick Catalano

For decades, Stephanie Nakasian has been swinging through an immensely challenging jazz repertoire with astonishing aplomb. Her audacious ventures into vocal territory that others have carefully avoided have resulted in recordings and performances of unrivaled excellence. From pioneering vocal efforts with singer Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross to the rigorous charts of The Danish Radio Big ...


Stan Kenton-NOVA Jazz Orchestra / Baker's Dozen Big Band / Danny D'Imperio and the Bloviators

Read "Stan Kenton-NOVA Jazz Orchestra / Baker's Dozen Big Band / Danny D'Imperio and the Bloviators" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Stan Kenton Orchestra / NOVA Jazz OrchestraDouble Feature, Vol. 2Tantara Productions2012 One of the more difficult aspects of reviewing Tantara's series of impressive salutes to Stan Kenton and his music is knowing where to begin. As on Volume 1 of the label's Double Feature (with Volume 3 ...


Roswell Rudd: The Musical Magus Turns 75

Read "Roswell Rudd: The Musical Magus Turns 75" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

"Years ago it would have seemed an impossible dream to get to record with this musical magus, but here we are... and what a thrill!" class="f-right">--Charlie Kohlhase, From liner notes to Eventuality: The Charlie Kohlhase Quintet Plays the Music of Roswell Rudd (Nada, 2001) I see him suddenly as if in a ...


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