The Trouble With Top 10 Lists; Also, in the Voice: a Wrongheaded “Greatest Jazz Albums” List

Planet Jazz: Notes From All Over ‘Tis the season. Yes, it’s that time of year when arts and entertainment critics … More

Trumpet Men on the Big Screen: Dueling Miles Davis Biopics?; and a Louis Armstrong Flick

It’s been common knowledge, for a little while, that Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, the Ocean’s Eleven films) is directing and … More

Sax Men: John Ellis, Sherman Irby, Frank Macchia (CD reviews)

Quick reviews of new releases from three saxophonists – three varied approaches to the art of jazz. John Ellis & Double-Wide, Puppet … More

Letter to Obama: Let Great Jazz Into Your Inauguration Festivities

Dear President-Elect Obama: The word on the street is that you like jazz, you really like jazz. You became hip … More

Jazz Legends: New Dual Biography of Miles and Coltrane

What defines a musical legend? Tricky question to answer. When it comes to jazz, my list of legendary artists, those … More