Monthly Archives: June 2014

NYT: Horace Silver 85, Master of Earthy Jazz Dies

horace_silverPeter Keepnews
NY Times

(June 18, 2014) Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and bandleader who was one of the most popular and influential jazz musicians of the 1950s and ’60s, died on Wednesday at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 85.

His death was announced by Blue Note Records, the company for which he recorded from 1952 to 1979.

After a high-profile apprenticeship with some of the biggest names in jazz, Mr. Silver began leading his own group in the mid-1950s and quickly became a big name himself, celebrated for his clever compositions and his infectious, bluesy playing. At a time when the refined, quiet and, to some, bloodless style known as cool jazz was all the rage, he was hailed as a leader of the back-to-basics movement that came to be called hard bop.

Source: New York Times

NYT: Jimmy Scott Dies At Age 88

jimmy_scottBy Peter Keepnews, NY Times

Jimmy Scott, a jazz singer whose distinctively plaintive delivery and unusually high-pitched voice earned him a loyal following and, late in life, a taste of bona fide stardom, died on Thursday at his home in Las Vegas. He was 88.

The cause was cardiac arrest, his wife, Jeanie Scott, said.

Mr. Scott’s career finished on a high note, with steady work from the early 1990s on, as well as a Grammy nomination, glowing reviews and praise from well-known fellow performers like Madonna, who called him “the only singer who makes me cry.” But the first four decades of his career were checkered, with long periods of inactivity and more lows than highs.

Source: New York Times


Jim Wilke To Step Down As Jazz After Hours Host

Photo: Mark Harrison
Photo: Mark Harrison

Jim Wilke and his radio program Jazz After Hours have been an institution on the jazz radio landscape for more than 30 years.

Jim recently announced that he will be stepping down as the host of the program. The show will continue with former KJZZ music director Jeff Hanley stepping into Jim’s big shoes.

On an editor’s note, I grew up with this show and it had a great deal to do with shaping my appreciation of this incredible music. The thing I most appreciate about Jim and the program he provides is the fact that he really seemed to make it a point to do a fresh and interesting show each time he was one the air. I spent many a late night with Jim, starting in college, and always came away from the show with the names of at least 10 to 15 recordings I needed to purchase as a result of listening to the show.

It was a truly an honor  when I got the opportunity to interview Jim several years ago. I will miss Jim’s great voice on the program, but I will cherish the education in music that he provided me for so many years.


Don Cheadle Looks To Crowdfund Miles Davis Film

Actor-director Don Cheadle recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to finance the making of his upcoming project “Miles Ahead”. Cheadle joins a number of directors, including Zach Braff and Spike Lee, who have launched internet-based crowdfunding efforts to raise the capital needed to complete their. Cheadle is set to direct and star as Miles Davis in the film.

More on the campaign can be found here.