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.

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 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.

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 Corey: Let’s Go To Town

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

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

Catherine Russell Alone Together Album Cover

Catherine Russell Alone Together

Her story has become increasingly well-known during the past decade. The daughter of pianist-arranger Luis Russell (who during 1929-31 led one of jazz’s great bands)

Duke Ellington Live at Ciro's Album Cover

Duke Ellington Live At Ciros

In Duke Ellington’s career, it is not an exaggeration to say that he and his orchestra were in their prime from mid-1926 when they found

Bessie Smith in 1924

Bessie Smith: Profiles in Jazz

Accurately billed as “The Empress of the Blues” during her prime years, Bessie Smith was not only the top female jazz and blues singer to

Terry Lightfoot and His New Olreans Jazzmen 1964

Terry Lightfoot’s New Orleans Jazzmen

Terry Lightfoot (1935-2013) was a significant British trad clarinetist and bandleader for several decades. After leading a band in 1952 and serving in the RAF,

Susie Arioli- Spring album cover

Susie Arioli- Spring

Canadian jazz singer Susie Arioli on her prior recordings has generally been teamed up with guitarist Jordan Officer, performing swing standards in intimate settings. Her

Bad Rhythm 5th Avenue Breakdown Album Cover

B.A.D. Rhythm- 5th Avenue Breakdown

Pianist Brian Holland and drummer Danny Coots were getting ready to record their fifth duo album when, spontaneously on the day of the session, they

Carl Sonny Leyland House Party album cover

Carl Sonny Leyland’s House Party

While he is well known in the classic jazz circuit as one of the top boogie-woogie and blues pianists around today, Carl Sonny Leyland (who

Sidney Bechet Four Classic Albums cover

Sidney Bechet: Four Classic Albums

Sidney Bechet (1897-1959) was the first significant jazz horn soloist to be showcased on record, soloing throughout “Wild Cat Blues” and “Kansas City Man Blues”

Edmond Hall Profoundly Blue album cover

Edmond Hall- Profoundly Blue 1937-1944

Clarinetist Edmond Hall (1901-67) had a distinctive tone that was so passionate that he could easily cut through a large ensemble. While he played with

Tom Clines Rivermont Album Cover

Nights at the Turntable April 2019

THE RIVERMONT LABEL DIGS DEEP Bryan Wright’s Rivermont label has released many rewarding recordings featuring hot jazz combos, ragtime, and novelty ragtime pianists, bands from

King Oliver 1929 album cover

King Oliver and his Orchestra 1929-1930

Joe “King” Oliver’s innovative and influential recordings from 1923 with his Creole Jazz Band are his most famous sessions but he proved to be an

Benny Ammon New Orleans Pearls album cover crop

Benny Amón’s New Orleans Pearls

Drummer Benny Amón, who is originally from Davis, California, moved to New Orleans in 2011 and has been an important part of the local scene

Cy Laurie Blows Blue Hot album cover

Cy Laurie Blows Blue Hot

Johnny Dodds had such a distinctive style on clarinet in the 1920s, that during his lifetime very few (other than Jimmy O’Bryant) tried to sound

Hilversum Expres album cover

The Ramblers 1944 – Hilversum Express

Strange as it seems, there was apparently plenty of rewarding jazz to be heard in Holland during the Nazi occupation of the 1940s despite rather

Irving Aronson Rivermont Album cover

The Rivermont Label Digs Deep

Bryan Wright’s Rivermont label has released many rewarding recordings featuring hot jazz combos, ragtime, and novelty ragtime pianists, bands from the 1920s, and other miscellaneous

Nights st the Turntable July 2016

Jonah Jones- Jonah’s Wail

After periods of time as the trumpeter with Stuff Smith’s Onyx Club Boys in the 1930s and as a key member of the Cab Calloway

Three Books About Buddy Bolden

Buddy Bolden: Profiles in Jazz

Cornetist Buddy Bolden’s life is shrouded in mystery. He was the George Washington of jazz- first at nearly everything. And as with Washington, many legends

Nights st the Turntable July 2016

Echoes of Swing: Dancing

Echoes of Swing is a European quartet comprised of Colin T. Dawson on trumpet and occasional vocals, altoist Chris Hopkins, pianist Bernd Lhotzky and drummer

Nights at the Turntable March 2019

Nights at the Turntable March 2019

KEN GRAYSON MILLS Ken Grayson Mills (1937-2004) is a name that should be known by anyone interested in New Orleans jazz of the 1960s. He

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