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

Blue Mitchell

Thursday, April 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 like Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley in the jazz realm while spending time with Chuck Willis, Ray Charles, and Paul Williams.

Jazz Insights - Blue Mitchell - Part 1

    Buster Smith

    Thursday, March 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

    Thursday, March 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

    Thursday, January 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

    Thursday, January 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 …



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