Jazz Insights Archive

Lenny Breau

Original Air Date: 01-22-2015

Leonard Harold Breau was born in Maine in the early 1940s to musician parents and spent his life surrounded by the country/western music that they performed. As a teenager, the natural musical ability Lenny had …

Mathias Eick

Original Air Date: 01-1-2015

In these segments, Gordon travels about as far as possible from 52nd street and lands in Norway to explore jazz musician Mathias Eick. Primarily a trumpet player, Eick is also well-versed on bass, piano, vibraphone, …

Hampton Hawes

Original Air Date: 08-21-2014

Gordon looks at the life and works of West Coast pianist Hampton Hawes. Although his career was plagued by substance abuse and legal problems, Hawes made a name for himself playing with legends like Dexter …

Serge Chaloff

Original Air Date: 06-19-2014

Gordon takes a look at the work of baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff. Perhaps best known for his work with Woody Herman, Chaloff is considered the first bebop baritone saxophonist and paved the way for legends …

Blue Mitchell

Original Air Date: 05-22-2014

Gordon take a look at the work of trumpet player Blue Mitchell. Unlike most jazz players, Blue made the move back and forth between jazz and rhythm and blues. His resume includes playing with legends …

Joey Defrancesco

Original Air Date: 05-1-2014

Joey Defrancesco is perhaps the greatest living disciple of the jazz organ. Having released over 30 albums, Joey D has played with legends like Jimmy Smith and Miles Davis. Perhaps the most amazing part of …