Although there were more than a hundred ballrooms within driving distance of Boston, MA, the Totem Pole was universally acknowledged as one of the largest and certainly the most elegant.
Kenny Hadley is known for leading the Kenney Hadley Big Band for more than thirty years. He is also a skilled jazz drummer and guest educator, inspiring students for decades.
Peter H. Bloom is a jazz flutist and saxophonist. A fixture in the Boston jazz scene since 1969, Mr. Bloom is well-known for his role in the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra.
Jim Porcella is a New England native and prolific jazz singer in the area. "A genial baritone with his own smooth sound, relaxed feel, fine timing and tasteful repertoire, an honest-to-God male jazz singer."
Tom Shaker Field Interviews
Co-producers Tom Shaker and Norm Grant discuss with Professor Rich Falco their research and pre-production for the award-winning film "Do It Man: The Story of the Celebrity Club".
Recognized: Tom Reney
We are very happy to announce that Tom Reney, the host of Jazz à la Mode, has been honored with the Marian McPartland/Willis Conover Award for Career Excellence in Broadcasting by the Jazz Journalists Association. Congratulations Tom!
Saxophonist, Festival Director and Jazz Educator Elan Trotman discusses his unique blend of jazz, Caribbean styles and the music of his native island of Barbados.
New interview: Tom Bellino
Grammy and ASCAP award winning producer Tom Bellino traces his professional journey through great networking opportunities and his changing roles as founder and president of the not-for-profit record label Planet Arts.
Anthony Agostinelli is a musician, author, jazz historian, and retired university professor. He is also the host of the award-winning show Jazz Bash airing on Cox Cable. The JHDB collection includes nearly sixty episodes.
Drummer Stephen Bourassa talks about the founding of the New England Jazz Enrichment Foundation and his role as Executive and Director & Founder of the Worcester Jazz Festival.
Dr. Carlos Odria discusses the mixture of jazz with folk styles from his native country of Peru including Creola, Festejo, Landó, and Pregon. Included are discussions regarding the impact of regional Spanish dialects on melodic rhythm, contour and accents.
Jerry Wilfong is a fist-call bass player for many musicians living in Central New England. He performs in many styles from Fusion to Straight Ahead, and is a favorite collaborator with several poets.
From 1963 to 1978 Taylor booked his two most popular and historic Boston Jazz clubs, the Jazz Workshop and Paul’s Mall From 1991 to 2017 he booked Jazz acts into Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, and produced the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, MA from 2001 to 2007.
David Kidd is the host of the Dave Kidd Jazz Show, airing each Monday on WGY out of Schenectady, NY. In the past, Kidd studied the clarinet and performed professionally on saxophone. His collection of jazz records, in progress since the post-Depression years, numbers more than 50,000.
Stay tuned for the official launch on November 17, 2018 of the Roswell Rudd Archive of the JHDB site.
Tom Bellino is the Managing Director and Producer of Planet Arts Records. He is a Grammy and ASCAP award-winning producer, as well as a musician, composer, educator, and arts administrator. His own music was described by John Schaefer of WYNC as "original and engaging" and is regularly featured nationwide.
Amanda Carr is a critically-acclaimed, multi-styled vocalist and pianist who began professionally as a teenager in rock and pop but later focused on jazz and big band. "A true jazz singer in a time of wannabes." - Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal
Lorraine Feather is a lyricist and singer whose work has been heard on numerous records, in films, and on television. She was the lyricist for Disney, MGM, and Hasbro, and has earned seven Emmy nominations in addition to recording numerous solo albums.
Gene Perla Collection
Bassist and recording engineer GENE PERLA formed recording and publishing companies in the early 1970’s where he captured many musicians experimenting and jamming in his two NYC loft studios. The unreleased audio recordings (more than 100) offer unique insights into the artistic probing of jazz greats such as Bob Mintzer, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Don Alias, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer, Billy Cobham, Steve Grossman, Elvin Jones, Joe Farrell, Gene Perla and many others.
Willard Jenkins Collection
Founder of the Washington D.C. Jazz Festival and Open Sky Jazz showcases rare interviews
Jazz historian, archivist, producer, author, radio host and educator Ben Young serves on the faculties of Lincoln Center's Swing U. and Columbia University and lectures widely. Check out his JHDB video interview with Prof. Rich Falco.
Dan Hunt and Jack Soref
Guitarist and Festival Organizer Jack Soref and Luthier/Guitarist Dan Hunt discuss the history, performance nuances and special guitar building techniques associated with this rediscovered style, from Django to the present.
Symposium: The Life & Music of Jaki Byard
Panelists included: Chet Williamson, Jerome Harris, Ken Schaphorst, George Schuller, Ran Blake, John Sergenian and Jamie Baum. April 13, 2014