Posts Tagged ‘Jaleel Shaw’

Byrdland: Why Donald Byrd Mattered to Jazz, Its Legitimacy, and D.C.

When news of Donald Byrd’s death was finally confirmed by major news outlets on Monday, it had been four days since his nephew by marriage, the jazz pianist Alex Bugnon, had announced his passing on Facebook. Byrd—a trumpeter, composer, educator, and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was the founding director of Howard [...]

Jazz Setlist, May 17-23: The “Recipe”

Thursday, May 17
Perhaps the best quote ever given on the "recipe" for jazz came from legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon. "Jazz is an octopus," he said. "It takes what it can use." That's the attitude that you hear in the music going all the way back to the New Orleans "second line" that forms jazz's foundation: [...]