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Jazz Workshop: In the Presence of the Masters

My evening with the jazz stars. Read More »

Jazz Workshop: For Ornette Coleman on his 78th Birthday

Dear Ornette... Read More »

Jazz Workshop: The Tricky Appeal of Free Jazz

Bear with me. My ultimate point requires me to relate three stories... Read More »

Jazz Workshop: Kellaway’s Triumph

Last week in Paris, piano master Roger Kellaway accepted the Prix du Jazz Classique for his album Heroes. Read More »

Jazz Workshop: 2007 In Review

At last! The year-end edition of the Jazz Workshop has arrived! Read More »

Jazz Workshop: Et Tu, Oscar Peterson?

A loving tribute to Oscar Peterson, 15 August 1925 - 23 December 2007. Read More »

Jazz Workshop: Listening Guide to Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige – Part 3, “Beige”

Conclusion of a three-part series - although a fourth may be in the cards? Read More »

Jazz Workshop: Listening Guide to Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige – Part 2 – Brown

Continuing the three-part experiment. Read More »

Jazz Workshop: Listening Guide to Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige – Part 1, “Black”

Here begins a three-part experiment. Read More »

Jazz Workshop: Music Criticism And The Race Card

Stanley Crouch has been haunting my dreams lately. Read More »