iRock Jazz LIVE! with Saxophonist Marcus Strickland

The great Miles Davis once said, “The thing to judge in any jazz artist is, does the man project and does he have ideas?” If these are indeed the canonical essentials of a jazz artist at his best, then saxophonist Marcus Strickland is one of today’s truest exemplars. Triumph of …


Jason Moran: The Modern Maestro

Jason Moran is a Houston, Texas-born pianist and composer. His eclectic styling has led to a successful run of over fifteen years, as both sideman and band leader. In this time, Moran has received considerable praise for his fluid play, which encompasses various styles, blending them into one definably distinctive …


Roy Hargrove: You Can’t Avoid The Swing in Jazz

Roy Hargrove is a Grammy-Award winning trumpeter. In a career that has spanned over 25 years, Hargrove has worked with some of the most significant acts in and out of jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turrentine, Christian McBride, D’Angelo, Common, and Erykah Badu. Hargrove maintains a consistent touring schedule, playing …


Raydar Ellis: No Longer Defined By My Origin

Jazz, born in the narrow streets of New Orleans evolved into America’s original art form eventually finding its way into nearly every boulevard and avenue round the world. Hip-hop, born in the concrete jungles of the South Bronx by youth desiring a creative outlet to combat social ills is now …


Roy Hargrove: Why I Get Paid, What I Give Back, And Sacrifices Made.

Jazz musicians spend the majority if their careers just traveling from gig to gig. Master Trumpeter Roy Hargrove breaks down in this interview with iRock Jazz the demands of traveling, the sacrifices that musicians make, and the real reasons musicians get paid.


CD Review: Justin Robinson’s In the Spur of the Moment

Alto Saxophonist Justin Robinson is a true student of music. Deeply rooted in the traditions of swing, this Manhattan based saxophonist is considered to be one of the strongest sidemen in the business. Inspired by jazz legends like the great Jacky Mclean and Charlie Parker, Robinson has a sound rich …


Pharoah Sanders: A Spiritual Journey Through Music

  Jazz, the genre that has sub-genres within the culture itself. There is Swing, Bebop, Harmony, Afro-Cuban, Modern, Smooth, Cool, Avant-Garde and Free or what some call Cosmic/Mystic/World Fusion Jazz. This sound of the 1970’s includes artists such as Sun Ra, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronnie Laws, Yusef Lateef, Alice Coltrane …


Justin Robinson: Side Ways

Just one listen to Justin Robinson’s robust, multi-layered alto sax and its easy to tell that Charlie “Bird” Parker, the legendary bebop master, is one of his musical heroes.  Yet, it is another titanic figure of jazz, John Coltrane that is reminiscent to the quiet confidence displayed in Justin Robinson’s approach. Indeed, …

Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove Quintet at Yoshi’s, San Francisco

Clad in his now trademark suspenders and bowtie, renowned trumpeter and bandleader, Roy Hargrove, was both fashionable and fashionably early for his 6pm set at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco. Greeting the audience with a friendly “hey”, the adventurous horn master and leader of the Roy Hargrove Quintet, wasted …