THE JAZZ PIONEERS ROOM BIG JOHN PATTON B3 & GREASE = SOUL JAZZ


posted by #@blues2jazzguy  Robert J. Carmack John Patton, often known as “Big John” Patton, was one of Blue Note Records most active soul-jazz organists during the golden age of the Hammond B-3s. Between 1963 and 1970 Patton developed 11 albums’ worth of material as a leader and “sat- in” with an enormous procession of skilled…

LES McCANN’s INVITATION TO OPENNESS: JAZZ & SOUL PHOTOGRAPHY 1960- 1980


posted by #@blues2jazzguy NOW SELLING AT YOUR FAVORITE  BOOK STORE This collects the photographs of legendary musician Les McCann; he documented the jazz scene and its players—Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Count Basie, and many others—from the inside, across several decades. “His perfect marriage of church and swing captured the spirit of the times in the…

Sonny Criss – Talented But Tragic


Originally posted on Geezer Music Club:
We haven’t featured a jazz musician for a while and today’s spotlight falls on one of the best, alto saxophonist Sonny Criss. A contemporary of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker — in fact, he played alongside him in the early years — Criss was an early bloomer musically, but his career…

Noted Jazz Pianist and Composer Joe Sample Recovering From Surgery


  Joe Sample, Jazz pianist /composer and co-founder of  soul  Jazz group, The Crusaders is still recovering from a surgical procedure to remove fluid buildup in his lungs. this is believed to have been  brought on by Pneumonia. the 74-year-old musician is being advised  by doctors to take an extended convalescence before attempting to tour…

SOUL JAZZ MUSICIAN COMPOSER DONALD BYRD SUCCUMBS AT 80


Coming  this February 8 , a Jazz profile on the late #Donald Byrd, #Detroit- born Soul #Jazzmaster . who passed peacefully in his sleep at age 80 Monday morning. Further information surrounding his death and the memorial services forthcoming as  it becomes available. (Donald Byrd shown on right)