Coming to Jerry Jazz Musician in January, 2019

. . Ralph Ellison Billie Holiday Langston Hughes    .   What happens when three prominent religious scholars get together for a discussion about the lives of Billie Holiday, Ralph Ellison and Langston Hughes?  A Jerry Jazz Musician-hosted conversation among Tracy Fessenden (Arizona State University), M. Cooper Harriss (Indiana University) and Wallace Best (Princeton) included … Continue reading “Coming to Jerry Jazz Musician in January, 2019″

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December 30th, 2018

Coming Soon: “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz albums of the 1970’s?”

Our most recent edition of “Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion” asked critics, writers and musicians the question: “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz albums of the 1960’s?” We received responses from some of the profession’s most prominent thinkers, including Gary Giddins, Dan Morgenstern, Michael Cuscuna, John McLaughlin, Terry Teachout, and many others. To read the entire edition, go here.

Meanwhile, we are asking a new question of many of the same people (and others as well). This time, the question is “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz albums of the 1970’s?” Hoping to publish the edition yet this month…Stay tuned.

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August 11th, 2014

“What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz recordings from the 1960’s?”

What do the musicians Don Byron, Jane Ira Bloom, Eric Revis, Robin Eubanks, Steve Turre, and Warren Wolf have in common with the journalists Gary Giddins, John Goodman, Terry Teachout, and Marc Myers? They have all participated in the next edition of “Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion” by answering the question, “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz recordings from the 1960’s?”

The complete edition will be published in April, and many more participants are expected. Meanwhile, here is a sampling of responses:

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April 1st, 2014

Coming Soon to Jerry Jazz Musician

An exclusive interview with Stanley Crouch, author of Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker

Also:

“Cover Stories with Paul Morris,” Vol 3

An interview with Why Jazz Happened author Marc Myers

A new story by Jazz Short Fiction writer Arya Jenkins

“Reminiscing in Tempo: Memories and Opinion” Volume 14: Who was your childhood hero?

And…on an almost daily basis…

An improvised brew of new and classic jazz poetry, short fiction, photography, memorable quotes, historic jazz writings and liner notes, book excerpts, trivia, and much more…

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December 7th, 2013

Coming Soon: An Interview about Bud Powell, with Guthrie Ramsey, author of The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop

When an opportunity to discuss Bud Powell comes along, you take it – especially when the conversation involves a scholar with the chops of Guthrie Ramsay, the Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania who recently wrote The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop. Professor Ramsey’s book focuses on all of these complex topics within the context of Bud Powell’s life and career.

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September 18th, 2013

In This Issue

This issue features a roundtable discussion about how the world of religion may have impacted the creative lives of Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes and Ralph Ellison. Also, previous winners of the Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest reflect on their winning story; three new podcasts from Bob Hecht; new collection of poetry; recommendations of recently released jazz recordings, and lots more.

Short Fiction

"The Wailing Wall" -- a short story by Justin Short

Interviews

Three prominent religious scholars -- Wallace Best, Tracy Fessenden and M. Cooper Harriss -- join us in a conversation about how the world of religion during the life and times of Langston Hughes (pictured), Billie Holiday and Ralph Ellison helps us better comprehend the meaning of their work.

Poetry

Nine poets contribute ten poems celebrating jazz in poems as unique as the music itself

Short Fiction

In celebration of our upcoming 50th Short Fiction Contest, previous contest winners (dating to 2002) reflect on their own winning story, and how their lives have since unfolded.

The Joys of Jazz

In this edition, award winning radio producer Bob Hecht tells three stories; 1) on Charlie Christian, the first superstar of jazz guitar; 2) the poet Langston Hughes’ love of jazz music, and 3) a profile of the song “Strange Fruit”

On the Turntable

25 recently released jazz tunes that are worth listening to…including Bobo Stenson; Medeski, Martin and Wood; Muriel Grossman and Rudy Royston

Features

Chick Corea, Rickie Lee Jones, Gary Giddins, Michael Cuscuna, Randy Brecker and Tom Piazza are among those responding to our question, "What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz recordings of the 1940's?"

Poetry

"Billie Holiday" -- a poem (with collage) by Steve Dalachinsky

Coming Soon

Thomas Brothers, Duke University professor of music and author of two essential biographies of Louis Armstrong, is interviewed about his new book, HELP! The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration; also, Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell, author of An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden, in a conversation about the brilliant 20th Century artist

In the previous issue

This issue features an interview with Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins; a collection of poetry devoted to the World War II era; and a new edition of “Reminiscing in Tempo,” in which the question “What are 3 or 4 of your favorite jazz recordings of the 1940’s” is posed to Rickie Lee Jones, Chick Corea, Tom Piazza and others.

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