John Coltrane: Giant Steps

Re-releasing Giant Steps in 2018 might appear as a thinly veiled marketing ploy in the wake of the success of Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album, which received...

Swingle Singers: Magnificent Seven

Born into a musical family in Mobile, Alabama, in 1927, Ward Lamar Swingle (his real name) graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory in 1951. He and fellow student Francoise Demorest...

Zappa’s jazz

Dave Taylor (OSL, JJ Dec 2018) rightly extols the extraordinary music of Frank Zappa. But was there another side? His first drummer, Jimmy Carl Black, on the Mothers of...

Obituary: Ethel Ennis

Obituary: Jack Sheldon

Outside And Inside: Race And Identity In White Jazz Autobiography

In 2004, Reva Marin was a finalist for the Fleck Award for the best book in the category Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Her entry was Oscar: The Life And Music...

JJ 12/70: Lee Morgan – The Sixth Sense

Blue Note have been a little tardy in getting this session out but even after a delay of three years the music sounds good. Morgan's trumpet style was virtually fully...

JJ 10/59: Wheat from chaff

Motherless Brooklyn

Actor Edward Norton secured the rights to Jonathan Lethern’s best-selling novel Motherless Brooklyn on publication in 1999. Exactly 20 years later he brings it to the screen in the...