Jazz Insights Archive

Blue Mitchell

Original Air Date: 04-10-2014

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 …

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 …

Gordon Vernick – Destination

Original Air Date: 01-23-2014

Gordon takes a look at an artist he is extraordinarily familiar with: himself. In this segment Gordon talks about his personal approach to playing and composing and plays works from his recently released CD Destination. …

Guy Barker – The Amadeus Project

Original Air Date: 01-16-2014

In this segment, Gordon explores a work by the English trumpet player, arranger, and composer Guy Barker called “The Amadeus Project.” As the title suggest it highly influenced by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, but not his …

Wayne Shorter’s Early Years

Original Air Date: 12-5-2013

In this segment, Gordon takes a look at the earliest works of saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Born in Newark, New Jersey in the later days of the Great Depression, Shorter fell in love with music at …