Looking forward to next Thursday’s jazz Prom (Beneath the Underdog: Charles Mingus Revisited on August 24), Geoffrey Smith celebrates the passionate life and creativity of the unique bassist, composer and leader, surveying some of Mingus’s greatest work.
Geoffrey Smith picks some highlights from the career of saxophonist Johnny Hodges
On the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s death, live recordings by the saxophone legend
Anita O’Day and June Christy were queens of big band singing in the 1940s and 50s
Though bebop was the radical, revolutionary face of post-war jazz, it could also be madcap fun. Geoffrey Smith explores the pop side of bop with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Slim Gaillard and Charlie Ventura
Geoffrey Smith surveys the career of baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff
One-time protégé of Duke Ellington and icon of South African jazz, Abdullah Ibrahim has been a global star for over half a century. Geoffrey Smith celebrates his career as pianist, leader, composer and political force.
Besides his genius as composer and leader, Duke Ellington was also an inspiring accompanist, sharing great performances with such stars as Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. Geoffrey Smith selects some memorable ducal meetings.
Guitarist Joe Pass (1929-94) amazed the jazz world with his 1974 solo album Virtuoso, reinventing the electric guitar with classical technique, subtle colours, expression and swing. Geoffrey Smith surveys both his solos and collaborations with the likes of Oscar Peterson.