Mark Keresman

Mark Keresman

One of the greatest soundtracks composers of America ever produced was and remains the late Henry Mancini, whose works adorn four decades worth (the 1950’s-1980’s) or so…
Jazz fans that are also history buffs know that once upon a time, jazz was actually a type of.... [deep breath] popular music. In the 1950’s, even afte…
Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, and theoretician best known for his association with Chicago’s seminal Association For The Advancement of Creative Mu…
Jazz sprung from the commingling of African and European cultures in the "New World," America. In the "Old World," Europe, jazz was imported from America via recordings,…
The late John Patton (1935-2002), better known as Big John Patton, was among the number of the 1960s Sultans of the Hammond B-3 organ. While he didn’t a…
As a wee lad in the '70s, at my local library, one could check out records for a week. The selection was mostly classical music (got me hip to Aaron Copeland, Harry Part…
Osorezan is not exactly a band per se, but a configuration of three musicians who routinely blur the distinctions between composition and improvisation, between rock, ja…
Singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist, and saxophonist Van Morrison has been at the game a good long time. An Irish lad smitten with the American sounds imported to th…
There've been many important, fascinating, entertaining, and sometimes even perplexing duo-performers in jazz: Bill Evans/Jim Hall, Ellington/Blanton, Marilyn Crispell/E…
I am, alas, old enough to have noticed that every few years (or even months), somebody in a jazz or jazz-conscious publication will pen an article asking "Is Jazz Dead?" Or…