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

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 Gordon, Howard McGhee, Charlie Parker, and Charles Mingus. After winning Down Beat Magazine’s “New Star of the Year” and Metronome’s “Arrival of the Year,” Hawes was arrested on his 30th birthday for heroin possession and spent 5 years in federal prison before being pardoned by President Kennedy in 1963.

Jazz Insights - Hampton Hawes - Part 1
Jazz Insights - Hampton Hawes - Part 2

    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 …


    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 …



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