Doug Ramsey

Articles by Doug Ramsey

Riffs on Roy

Apr 30, 1996 By Doug Ramsey

Oak Cliff native Roy Hargrove may not have the depth and seasoning of Wynton Marsalis, but the 26-year-old prodigy could still be one of the great jazz trumpeters of our day.

Good Vibes

May 31, 1987 By Doug Ramsey

Vibraharpist Charlie Shoemake keeps so busy in L.A. that he seldom strays back to his home state. Fortunately, we can hear him on new recordings.

Treasure from the Vault

May 31, 1986 By Doug Ramsey

New releases of Duke Ellington’s work give us exquisite music from small bands, a dance band having fun, and stereo recording twenty years before its time.

Swinging With Zoot

Aug 31, 1985 By Doug Ramsey

From the moment tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims sounded his first note to just before his death four decades later, he performed with irresistible spirit and intensity.

Just One of Those Things

May 31, 1985 By Doug Ramsey

Jazz singers defy definition. They may scat, or they may not; they may be veterans or newcomers; they may decline the label of jazz singer. But their music always gives them away.

Lingering Blues

Apr 1, 1985 By Doug Ramsey

John Hardee and Budd Johnson were two legendary Texas tenors who had their own ways of making peace with the rigors of the jazz life.