Recording Gear for Musicians – JazzTimes Magazine

Jazz musicians spend years mastering their instruments, but when it comes to recording Their instruments, many don’t know where to begin. In the eras of Bird, Trane, and Wynton, that was okay, because their total content production usually amounted to just one or two albums a year. But in the 2020s, successful musicians are expected … Read more

Overdue Ovation: Alex Acuña – JazzTimes

Self-determinedly genre-jumbling drummer/percussionist Alex Acuña has released his first album as a leader in a decade, Gifts (Le Coq), and the 77-year-old Los Angelino states that its title relates to everything in his life. The talents, family, and second chances he’s been given. The faith he holds dear. The fact that he still practices piano, … Read more

Newport Jazz Festival 2022 – JazzTimes

The 2022 Newport Jazz Festival’s three days of sunshine were bracketed, more or less, by a pair of all-star ensemble jams that included Christian McBride. The second of them celebrated the man whom McBride succeeded as the festival’s artistic director, George Wein. It was the festival’s first edition since Wein’s passing last September at 95. … Read more

Eight Great Jazz Soundtracks – JazzTimes Magazine

Films that tell stories about jazz open a revealing window on the place and perception of the music within popular culture. See Kevin Whitehead’s compelling 2020 book Play the Way You Feelwhose insightful readings of roughly 100 films connect the dots between plot points, thematic ideas, conventions, and tropes related to race, authenticity, subculture, and … Read more