iRock Jazz Live! with Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt

Jeremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre’s greatest masters. …


iRock Jazz LIVE! with Bassist Robert Hurst

When Robert Hurst was growing up in Detroit, so many kinds of great music tugged at him, he could easily have gone in a different direction than jazz. Motown influences abounded: Marvin Gaye lived in his neighborhood, his father was boyhood friends with two of the Temptations, and the music …


Ron Stein: The Historical Significance of the Home of John Coltrane

John Coltrane, who was considered one of the most prominent and well known Jazz performers of his time, has inspired many.  However, few people know little about the historical significance of the place he called home.  This home, located in Long Island, N.Y., was where he shared his life with his wife, …


CD Review: Terence Blanchard’s Magnetic

With a resume that goes on for days, Grammy-Award winning trumpeter, film score composer, composer and arranger, Terence Blanchard is set to release his 19th album Magnetic as a co-leader/leader in May (2013) on the Blue Note Record Label. The replacement to Wynton Marsalis in the legendary jazz group “The …


CD Review: Ravi Coltrane’s Spirit Fiction

Ravi Coltrane We all love listening to Miles Davis, Stan Getz and Art Blakey. They were pioneers, artists and ambassadors for American music. Although albums like Sweet Rain and ESP never get old, listening to those records does not support the modern cats out there who continue to keep pushing …


Ravi Coltrane Trio and John Scofield Quartet

The Chicago Symphony Center recently hosted a double billed performance by The Ravi Coltrane Trio and The John Scofield Quartet. Modern jazz saxophonist, Ravi Coltrane, the son of saxophone legend and musical genius, John Coltrane and pianist, Alice Coltrane has followed his own path in music establishing himself as a …