Bill Falconer

Bill Falconer

Jay Patten has a musician's voice. (Those voices are not only the most musical but also the most interesting.) I'm reminded of the late vocalist/pianist Joe Derise. He is a…
Paul Cacia is a bandleader, studio musician and a trumpeter with a flair for the stratospheric. He will remind you of Maynard. Cacia played with the Kenton orchestra and pr…
Cornetist Ruby Braff epitomizes the Arbors artist. He is mainstream, well-grounded in the tradition, and brings an extra dimension of creativity to the mix. If you define t…
Creativity is the core of jazz and the center of composer/pianist Andrew Hill's being. His half-century career reads like a jazz history. Discovered by Earl Hines, mentored…
The swing dance revival appears to be on the wane, which isn't all bad. The main beneficiaries were dance teachers ( some even claiming to be therapists), wardrobe supplier…
Jazz involves both challenge and collaboration. Both qualities are magnified when a duo setting involves masters of the same instrument - Zoot Sims and Al Cohn on tenor, So…
Together the crystal-like tones of the vibes, the lighter-than-air sound of the guitar and the rich colors of the acoustic bass make an appealing combination. For two years…
Norman Granz believed in social justice, great jazz, and wasn't adverse to material success. He founded Jazz at the Philharmonic and developed Verve Records. He sold Verve …
Like so much, it began with Bird. He wanted to record with strings. First, Neal Hefti's "Repetition" in 1949. Then those wonderful "Bird with Strings" albums of standards. …
A band often reflects its leader's character. Consider the Goodman orchestra's buttoned-down swing, the laid-back Basie band, and the flamboyance of many of the Kenton ense…