Benny Goodman would be 106 years old if still alive today. We might not have "The King of Swing" but damn if we don't have Ken Peplowski, 56, to inherit that mantle. Cleveland resident Peplowski's new 'Enrapture' on Capri Records proves you can swing mightily on tunes from any genre.
Tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton joins drummer Jeff Hamilton (no relation) and his trio for 'Live In Bern' (Capri Records) where they romp through ballads, classics and one gorgeous Jeff original in a successful attempt to revitalize the flagging jazz sub-genre known as swing.
Lee Morgan was a Philadelphia bad boy. When he joined Dizzy Gillespie's band on trumpet at 18, the sky was the limit. That's his legendary solo on John Coltrane's 1957 "Blue Train." In the 1960s, he became a star; only Miles Davis shined brighter. 'The Sidewinder' (1963) is, arguably, one of the best jazz albums of all time. An outspoken advocate for his fellow musicians, he lobbied the television networks to feature more 1971 jazz greats. His end came in between two 1972 sets at Slug's Saloon on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where his ex-wife shot him dead during an argument. In so doing, she not only murdered a kind soul, but she robbed us all of his genius ever since. He was 33.