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Bria Skonberg entered our consciousness a few years ago at the highest plane of Jazz exposure, as a trumpeter and vocalist of obvious skill and style. She employs the allure of well-shaped singing, combined with the depth of thoughtful phrasing as an instrumentalist. It’s been a while since we’ve heard a dual-threat who’s as capable […]

There may be no force in Jazz as constant as the impact of Art Blakey—during the seven decades of his life and now, nearly 30 years after his passing. Blakey’s styles of drumming and bandleading are some of the great emblems of Jazz culture, and still, ring powerfully in our ears. His Jazz Messengers did […]

ARTIST OF THE MONTH: STAN KENTON (SEPTEMBER 2019) Stan Kenton’s was the household name in big bands for Baby Boomers. Kenton thrived while other bands faded away, and for a generation of musicians—Jazz players, commercial players, or even just recreational and school band instrumentalists—Kenton’s band was the team that our idols played for. To join […]


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