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10 Reasons to Love Jimmy Cobb

When it came to pure, solid swing feel as deep and wide as the ocean, no one matched Jimmy Cobb. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47…

by Ken Micallef
Feb 28, 2020

Frankie Dunlop — Making It Swing

I first heard Frankie Dunlop’s drumming in the best way possible. When I was about 17years old, I was visiting a friend who had Two Hours Of Thelonious on the turntable. The drumming on that record went straight to my…

by Scott K. Fish
Sep 14, 2018

Rufus "Speedy" Jones

Jazz has often been called the true American classical music, finding its most immediate roots in the blues. Although the blues sang out against physical hardship and mental depression, its simple, haunting rhythms would most always convey a jubilance and…

by Robert Barnelle
Jan 18, 2018

Philly Joe Jones

In the early '50s, Tony Scott hired a young drummer from Philadelphia named Joe Jones. To avoid confusion with Count Basie's famous drummer (Jo Jones), Scott would introduce his drummer by saying, "This is the Joe Jones from Philly." TO…

by Rick Mattingly
Jun 19, 2017

Sonny Greer: The Elder Statesman Of Jazz

William "Sonny" Greer was born in Long Branch, New Jersey on December 13, 1903. "I wasn't no rich kid." He remembers, "but I was always comfortable. We were a happy family. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access…

by Scott K. Fish
Jun 8, 2017