Education Articles

September Article Written by Bernie Brink  This month, we are digging the soulful sounds of the Hammond B3 organ on Jazz 93.5. Debuted in 1935, the Hammond organ was developed to offer small community churches an inexpensive alternative to the traditional – and much more costly – pipe organ. But with so many jazz and blues musicians...
AUGUST ARTICLE Written by Bernie Brink While the guitar played an important role in the development of blues and jazz music in the early days of jazz, it wasn’t until the advent of the electric guitar that it was seriously considered as a lead instrument, beginning with Charlie Christian in the 1930s. Since then, dozens...
July Article Written by Bernie Brink Revolutionary musician and vocalist Billie Holiday is both a jazz icon and a tragic figure. A revolutionary musician, she set a template for all jazz vocalists who followed her, rooted in tradition but looking far into the future. A revolutionary activist, she set an example for civil rights advocates as she...
JUNE ARTICLE Written by Bernie Brink This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of two iconic recordings by the Bill Evans Trio, Sunday at the Village Vanguard and Waltz for Debby. On Sunday, June 25, 1961, the trio entered the renowned Village Vanguard for the final day of a two-week stand. Then, Sundays were known to feature the same artist all...
MAY ARTICLE Written by Bernie Brink We always love to highlight great jazz artists on their birthdays, but May is an especially noteworthy month as we celebrate one of the greatest icons of jazz, Miles Davis. Born May 26, 1926 outside of St. Louis, Miles was the son of a dentist and a music teacher, though...
April Article Written by Bernie Brink April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and Jazz 93.5 invites you to JAM with us all month long! Established in 2002, Jazz Appreciation Month is an opportunity for listeners of all stripes to dig into the music and expand their horizons. If you’re a regular listener, you know that you’ll hear a...
March Article Written by Bernie Brink While many jazz figures have become household names – Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, and more – many others remain less recognized and under-appreciated. Have you heard Melba Liston, Dorothy Ashby, Emily Remler, or Linda Oh? If you haven’t yet discovered these incredible musicians, read on to find...