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

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 like Pepper Adams and Gerry Mulligan. In his short yet prolific career, Serge also shared the staged with jazz legends Boyd Raeburn, Jimmy Dorsey, and Count Basie.

Jazz Insights - Serge Chaloff - Part 1
Jazz Insights - Serge Chaloff - Part 2
Jazz Insights - Serge Chaloff - Part 3

    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 …


    Joey Defrancesco

    Thursday, May 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

    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 …



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