Tag Archives: Jazz History

Chet Baker: When Not Caring Becomes Caring

The Video below plays about 1:24 of Chet Baker’s “Moon and Sand.”  Most people consider “My Funny Valentine” his essential classic—and it is—but I return to “Moon and Sand” more than anything he ever recorded.  For one thing—though I know … Continue reading

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Ornette Coleman: Lessons in Freedom (excerpt)

This is the first of 16 short excerpts from my radio series Voices and Freedoms: A History of Jazz.  Based on my book of the same name, the series (and book) were produced at the University of Virginia in the … Continue reading

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Voices and Freedoms: A History of Jazz

A sweeping history of jazz from its roots in African and Blues music to the present day, Voices and Freedoms presents ways to understand and appreciate jazz’s major stars and its musical evolution more deeply.  The book was made into … Continue reading

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