Jazz Insights

Airs Thursday at 8:30am, 1:20pm, and 6:30pm.

Jazz history in 10 minutes. Dr. Gordon Vernick, a Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Georgia State University, creates these jazz vignettes to cover all aspects of jazz from its inception until the current day.

Latest Episodes

Lenny Breau

Thursday, January 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 allowed him to figure out the licks of his favorites like Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt as well as jazz greats of the day like Tal Farlow and Bill Evans. His ability to mix country, jazz, and flamenco styles along with his ability to play the guitar like a piano made him one of the great innovators who is essentially forgotten today by those outside the music community.

Jazz Insights - Lenny Breau - Part 1
Jazz Insights - Lenny Breau - Part 2
Jazz Insights - Lenny Breau - Part 3

    Mathias Eick

    Thursday, January 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

    Thursday, August 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

    Thursday, June 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

    Thursday, May 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 …



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