Byard and Hines In Action

Rifftides reader Rich Juliano comments on the Jaki Byard item in the previous exhibit : Back in 1985 Jaki was a clinician at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland where I grew up. As an aspiring jazz pianist I was excited to attend his piano clinic but terrified when he asked for duet partners and one of my teachers volunteered me. I was so nervous I called "Stella by Starlight" in the wrong key! Nonetheless Jaki got the tune started (in the key I meant to call) and was very complimentary and … [Read more...]

Jaki Byard

Reading Gary Giddins's tribute to Jaki Byard in the February Jazz Times stimulated memories of that astounding pianist. Giddins builds his article around the CD called Sunshine Of My Soul, reviewed in Rifftides last March. The magazine is now on news stands. The piece is not available on line. Memory 1 I was at the recording session for the Phil Woods album Musique Du Bois in RCA's storied Studio B in New York in 1974. The rhythm section was Byard, bassist Richard Davis and drummer Alan Dawson. … [Read more...]