Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Hard-Bop: Gene Ammons All-Stars – “The Happy Blues” (Prestige)

By Devon Wendell “Blowing sessions” are a pivotal aspect of jazz history. You get a bunch of musicians together to jam, have fun and show off their chops. Sometimes it’s about competing and the actual compositions are really not important. Blowing over a simple blues progression is all that is needed. At Prestige records, producer… Read More Doc Wendell’s Prescription For Hard-Bop: Gene Ammons All-Stars – “The Happy Blues” (Prestige)

Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For

By Don Heckman It’s that time of year again.  Thanksgiving Day has arrived.  And here’s my annual, continual and growing list of the many  reasons I have to be thankful. Let’s start with my most important reasons to be thankful: For my beautiful, loving, caring wife: Faith For my two incomparable children: Allegra and Alex… Read More Here, There & Everywhere: The Music (And More) That I’m Thankful For

Live Jazz: Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart at Vitello’s

By Don Heckman Let’s start with full disclosure: I haven’t always been a fan of B-3 organ jazz.  But what I’ve realized over the years is that the problem hasn’t been the instrument, but a few of the instrument’s players. All of which was fully clarified last night at Vitello’s with the stellar performance of… Read More Live Jazz: Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein and Bill Stewart at Vitello’s