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Louis Armstrong has had one of the biggest influences on contemporary music in the history of American musicians. Armstrong’s inimitable style influenced countless instrumentalists and keep reading »

With a driving, muscular swing feel, Tain’s rhythmic conception is one of intension and emotion. Like the rapper Action Bronson’s take on the ’90s sound of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Tain developed a modern version of Elvin Jones‘s style of play. His approach to the drums beautifully compliments the styles of Wynton and Branford. Together they create art that sounds both fresh and historically informed. It is no coincidence that Tain is the only musician to play on every one of the Marsalis brothers Grammy winning albums.

Featuring interviews, tons of performance footage, and insight from some of the greatest, the hour-and-a-half long feature delves into some of the issues facing what some call “jazz” today. While you’re watching, keep your eyes peeled for some of the innovative drummers of today as well as the influential drummers of the past—there are some great moments featuring them all.

For bassist and composer Ben Wolfe, the core of all music lies within his relationships to his fellow musicians. This family of musicians has led him to be prominently featured on projects with Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Orrin Evans, Diana Krall, Benny Green, and many more. With his latest record, ‘From Here I See,’ Wolfe and crew took it deep into the realm of ballads featuring the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Macus Strickland, and Russell Malone accompanied by the core rhythm section of Orrin Evans and Donald Edwards. Ben Wolfe will also be at Dizzy’s 3/28-3/31 with Nicholas Payton for the record release and a celebration of new music.

A veteran of both the music and film worlds, Jeff “Tain” Watts is one of the most renowned drummers playing today based on both the scope and quality of his work. Appearing on literally every Grammy-winning record won by both Branford and Wynton Marsalis set him aside as one of the best, but for Watts that was only the beginning. We got Jeff to take some time away from his busy schedule preparing for the Generations of the BEAT Festival to discuss his role in Spike Lee’s ‘Mo’ Better Blues,’ his role as both a sideman and bandleader, and more.

This was not the first time the two artists joined forces. Twenty-one years ago Fagen and Marsalis jointly created Griot New York, a moving piece that explores the challenges and triumphs of contemporary city life. Excerpts from Griot NYC and their new piece Lighthouse/Lightning Rod were performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) this past weekend. The latter was commissioned by BAM to be a hallmark performance to commemorating their 150th Anniversary.

Woody Shaw III has dropped a gem of a recording from his father’s archives with Wynton Marsalis and Woody Shaw performing “Now’s the Time” (by Charlie Parker) at Fat Tuesday’s. The recording, from April 10th, 1980, features Marsalis sitting in with the Woody Shaw Quintet.

JALC will be presenting “Essentially Ellington” at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday 5/6/12. “Essentially Ellington” starts with a competition for high school jazz bands and culminates in a concert featuring the jazz bands with special guest Wynton Marsalis.

It’s a bit of a slow news day in the jazz world, so we thought we’d hit you with some of the interesting articles on jazz that are floating around the internet today.