Jazz History from the 1970's to the present.
Recording Icon Al Schmitt Mentors Students at Grammy Camp. It’s hard not to feel a tinge of jealousy when observing the student musicians in the annual Grammy Camp Jazz Session. Following a rigorous audition process, high school musicians from around the country travel to Los Angeles, where they watch live performances, attend lectures and perform for industry insiders during the action-filled week leading up to the Grammy Awards ceremony.
Stan Getz ‘You Can Hear the Warmth’ By James Hale Although the tenor saxophonist passed away nearly 25 years ago, a pair of previously unheard live recordings highlight two key elements of his career. Recorded at San Francisco’s Keystone Corner in May 1976, they document his brief reunion with Brazilian singer João Gilberto and illustrate how he continued to stay current by leading bands consisting of forward-looking musicians.
Saxophonist Richie Cole Maintains Steely Jazz Focus in Pittsburgh . Richie Cole is known primarily as a hard-blowing bebopper. But the 68-year-old alto saxophonist knows his appeal is in fact much larger. “The word jazz is a four-letter word—like food,” Cole said during a phone call from his home in Pittsburgh. “There are many different varieties and not every variety is for everyone. So when some people hear a certain style of jazz that may not be for them, it could turn them off to jazz...