Scott Yanow

Since 1975 Scott Yanow has been a regular reviewer of albums in many jazz styles. He has written for many jazz and arts magazines, including JazzTimes, Jazziz, Down Beat, Cadence, CODA, and the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, and was the jazz editor for Record Review. He has written an in-depth biography on Dizzy Gillespie for He has authored 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes for CDs and over 20,000 reviews of jazz recordings. Yanow was a contributor to and co-editor of the third edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz. He continues to write for Downbeat, Jazziz, the Los Angeles Jazz Scene, the Jazz Rag and Jazz Inside.

George Lewis New Orleans Stompers

George Lewis at the Beginning

Clarinetist George Lewis, who would become one of the most popular of New Orleans jazzmen in the 1950s when he toured the world, was a


Ethel Waters: Profiles in Jazz

During the 1921-25 period, it seemed as if every African-American female singer who could carry a tune was being rushed into a recording studio to

Satchmo Musical Autobiography

Satchmo: A Musical Autobiography

did some of his most innovative trumpet playing and singing during the 1925-32 period while continuing to grow in power and depth throughout the 1940s

George Masso with the Galvanized Jazz Band

George Masso with the Galvanized Jazz Band

The Galvanized Jazz Band is in their 48th year of existence, having been formed in 1971. A no-nonsense and hard-driving band that is driven by cornetist

Dixie RB 5

The Dixie RB Five

Led by sousaphonist Roman Bartnicki, the R.B. Five is a quintet that also features trumpeter Dominik Mietla, trombonist Robert Szczerba, Janusz Witko on clarinet, tenor

Jack Teagarden Think Well of Me

Jack Teagarden Think Well Of Me

During the dozen years that Jack Teagarden had left after leaving the Louis Armstrong All-Stars in 1952, the great trombonist and singer mostly played a

Evan Arntzen meets La Section Rythmique

Evan Arntzen Meets La Section Rythmique

Evan Arntzen comes from a very musical family. His grandfather played soprano and clarinet, his father is a pianist, his mother is a singer, and

Paul and his Gand Live in USA and Canada

Paul and His Gang  Live in USA and Canada

Cornetist Paul Strandberg from Sweden played in the late 1970s and 80s with Scanjazz, the Absalon Orchestra, and the Hot House Jazzmen. Strandberg led Paul

Nat King Cole Jazz Encounters

Nat King Cole’s Jazz Encounters

Nat King Cole’s centennial was March 17, resulting in many tribute albums being released this year. However, good as some of those homages are, none

Erik Silk Blues down south

Eric Silk Blues Down South

Banjoist Eric Silk may be somewhat forgotten today but during 1955-58 he and his Southern Jazz Band recorded 32 songs for the British Esquire label;

Vintage Acker Bilk

Vintage Acker Bilk

Clarinetist Acker Bilk (1929-2014) will always be best remembered by the general public for his 1962 hit “Stranger On The Shore” which featured his low-register

Eddie Lang

Eddie Lang: Profiles in Jazz

The finest jazz guitarist of his short lifetime, Eddie Lang was masterful as both a melodic soloist and a sophisticated accompanist, whether playing bluesy single-note

Art Tatum Piano Starts Here

Art Tatum Piano Starts Here

(Jazz Classic of the Month) Art Tatum was amazing. Arguably the greatest musician to ever perform jazz, Tatum could play piano with blinding speed and

Mary Elkins Fat Daddy

Marty Elkins Fat Daddy

Marty Elkins is a delightful swing singer who deserves to be better-known. She worked with pianist Dave McKenna when she was attending college in Boston

Chris Barber and the Clarinet Kings

Chris Barber & The Clarinet Kings

British bandleader-trombonist Chris Barber was very fortunate to have two great clarinetists in his band for extended periods: Monty Sunshine (1953-60) and Ian Wheeler (1961-68).

Brad Kay and Kurt Nauck

Brad Kay My Dinner With Kurt Nauck III

Imagine visiting a friend who owns a huge 78 collection, and enjoying an evening discussing music and life with him while your friend pulls out

Scott Hamilton Danish Ballads

Scott Hamilton Danish Ballads…& More

Since he burst upon the national jazz scene in the mid-1970s, tenor-saxophonist Scott Hamilton has been remarkably consistent. A world-class player from the start, he

Johnny Guarnieri Plays Harry Warren

Johnny Guarnieri Plays Harry Warren

Johnny Guarnieri Plays Harry Warren is a single CD that has been reissued as a companion to the wonderful Guarnieri biography, Superstride by Derek Coller

Billie Holiday Profiles in Jazz

Billie Holiday: Profiles in Jazz

She had a small voice that could not compare to that of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan. She never scatted and her improvising tended to

Les Disques De La Victory

Les Disques De La Victoires 1943-1949

V-Discs (short for “Victory Discs”) hold a unique place in music history. During 1943-49, special recording sessions were held to produce 78s that were specifically

The Frankie Newton Collection 1 300x158 - The Frankie Newton Collection 1929-46

The Frankie Newton Collection 1929-46

Trumpeter Frankie Newton (1906-54) receives career spanning treatment in his own three-CD set from the Acrobat label which has excellent liner notes by Paul Watts.

Nat Gonella 300x158 - The Nat Gonella Collection 1930-62

The Nat Gonella Collection 1930-62

He was Great Britain’s first major jazz star. Trumpeter-singer Nat Gonella (1908-98) could be thought of as the British Louis Armstrong since Satch was his

McDermott Meets Joplin

Tom McDermott Meets Scott Joplin

It is felt by many that when one plays a rag, the pianist should stick exactly to the written music, treating it as if it


Clarence Williams: Profiles in Jazz

Jazz history books often leave his name out, but Clarence Williams was a major force in the 1920s and ’30s and had quite a career;

King Oliver Creole Jazz Band Chicago

Louis Armstrong on Paramount

The GHB/Jazzology collection of labels includes Paramount. While Paramount is primarily known for its large assortment of classic and country blues recordings, it also documented

Louis Armstrong Plays WC Handy Album Cover

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy

Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy is arguably Satch’s finest recording of the 1950s. At the time, the Louis Armstrong All-Stars included trombonist Trummy Young, clarinetist

jill Corey2 300x157 - Nights at the Turntable June 2019

Nights at the Turntable June 2019

the following albums were reviewed in Scott Yanow’s Nights at the Turntable column. Click an image to read and share the individual review.

Jimmie Noone Apex Blues Decca

Jimmie Noone Apex Blues

Jimmie Noone (1895-1944) was one of the great clarinetists to emerge from New Orleans. Compared to Sidney Bechet and Johnny Dodds, Noone had a softer

Vintage Bob Wallis 300x300 - Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen

The British Lake label has reissued hundreds of valuable sessions by most of the best-known and most influential trad players of the 1950s and ’60s

Frank Sinatra and Harry James

Harry James: Profiles in Jazz

Next to Louis Armstrong, Harry James was not only the most famous trumpeter of the 1940s but remains a household name decades after his death.

Boppin With Zig

The Complete Ziggy Elman 1947-52

Ziggy Elman (1914-68) could have been a contender but he waited too long to start his own big band. Born Harry Finkleman, he learned to

Ruth Etting Color

Ruth Etting – Love Me Or Leave Me

One of the most popular singers of the 1926-37 period, Ruth Etting (1897-1978) may not have technically been a jazz singer since she did not

Roger Wolfe Kahn 1925-1932 Jazz Oracle

Roger Wolfe Kahn 1925-1932

Roger Wolfe Kahn was the son of millionaire banker Otto Kahn. He loved jazz from an early age (as did his father) and, while he

William McNally Dream Shadows

William McNally’s Dream Shadows

A brilliant pianist who first played at Carnegie Hall when he was nine, William McNally is not only an expert on ragtime but on its

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