Jazz Insights Archive

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 …

Buster Smith

Original Air Date: 03-27-2014

Gordon digs to the bottom of the Charlie Parker sound and explores the music of Buster Smith. Smith was an alto saxophone player from Texas and spent a majority of his career playing in Kansas …

Wardell Gray

Original Air Date: 03-6-2014

Gordon takes a look at the prolific yet obscure tenor saxophonist, Wardell Gray. In his career, Gray played with some of the biggest bands in the land including groups with Earl Hines, Benny Goodman, and …