Sonny Criss – Talented But Tragic

We haven't featured a jazz musician for a while and today's spotlight falls on one of the best, alto saxophonist Sonny Criss. A contemporary of Charlie 'Bird' Parker -- in fact, he played alongside him in the early years -- Criss was an early bloomer musically, but his career reached a sad and abrupt end … Continue reading Sonny Criss – Talented But Tragic

Another Side Of Buddy Rich

Although he was the main subject of a GMC piece five years ago, jazz legend Bernard 'Buddy' Rich is making another appearance today. But the famously fiery drummer, who died at age 69 in 1987, is not showing up here because of his drumsticks. He's here because I thought I'd expose a secret about him … Continue reading Another Side Of Buddy Rich