Blue Bossa: What You Don’t Know About The Standard

By |July 10th, 2014|

A little-known story behind the standard “Blue Bossa” reveals that most jazz musicians are missing something huge when they play it.

Blue Bossa. A standby in any jazz musician’s repertoire. Likely one of the first bossas they ever learned. The very mention of its name immediately conjures slightly out-of-tune horns played by a middle school jazz combo at their first recital […]

Afro- Cuban: Parts Unknown Part 1

By |January 31st, 2014|

       Yesterday marked an important day in the discography and music of Kenny Dorham: the first session off his iconic second album, Afro-Cuban.
KD’s first album as leader was called the Kenny Dorham Quintet. Originally released on the Debut label, it was recorded on December 15, 1953 with brothers Jimmy and Percy Heath […]

KD, Whistle Stop, Blue Note, Oh My!

By |January 27th, 2014|

Fun news! SFM has a new intern, Jeremiah Briley. And Jeremiah happens to be something of an expert on Kenny Dorham. So without further ado, here’s Jeremiah’s take on a classic album–

It’s January 15: the 53rd anniversary of one of Kenny Dorham’s seminal recordings as leader, Whistle Stop. We pause to reflect on the […]