Here's a set of 10 great records. I've created this list as a more personal introduction than an academic one, and so I'm using the phrase "essential soul jazz" to describe the list very loosely. I recommend each with my heart and soul; meaning I've spent time getting to know them, and think you'll enjoy the experience of meeting them too.
Already deep into her prolific career, Regina Carter has been constantly regarded as the most prominent violinist in jazz, but with her latest "Southern Comfort" it might be more apt to applaud her fiddle.
Benny Green is not a lot of things; he is not slow, he is not boring and he certainly not an inexperienced amateur.
Harry Lookofsky was born in Kentucky in 1913 and began studying violin at age 8, moving to St. Louis to receive his formal training.
Last year was a busy one in regards to American music, and who could be expected to hear all the fine releases let loose late in the year?
Jazz at the Bistro regularly welcomes some of the biggest names in jazz to its intimate, listening-room stage, but on Wednesday the crowds filed into the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz to a new level and intensity.