By: Luc Sante
Tearing up time signatures.
By: Brian Berger
An exceptional jazz pianist and memoirist.
A visionary composer and improviser.
Sacred exhortations and electric blues.
Typist by day, jazzbo by night.
By: Adam McGovern
Anything could happen but nothing couldn’t be taken away.
By: Franklin Bruno
His solos elliptically paraphrase his melodies.
He could adapt to and enliven nearly any musical situation.
He played long, luminous tones on his trumpet.
Charlie Parker vs. feebleminded ofays.
She thrived in any musical context: jazz, blues, hokum, pop.
By: Anthony Miller
He asks us to do some deep thinking about music and creativity.
Freed by burnt cork, he became a phenomenon.
He aimed to liberate America aesthetically and socially.
By: Jerrold Freitag
Arranging and rearranging was his witchcraft.