Art Farmer Tribute at William Paterson University 2021

Art Farmer Tribute Concert 4 P.M., Sunday, October 24, 2021 at WPU Shea Center. Hear Farmer’s musicians speak at “Sittin’ In” at 3 P.M. Purchase tickets here. Proceeds from this event will go toward the Art Farmer Archive. The Art Farmer Archive at William Paterson University became a reality in 2019 when Lynne Mueller, Farmer’s… Read more…


Art Farmer Discography Update 13

Discography updates as of June 7, 2021 Part 3 (1966-1980): 1970-04-24 This 2018 CD release is newly added to the discography and features Art Farmer in concert with the Heikki Sarmanto Trio, in Oulu, Finland. The bassist is Ilkka Willman, and the drummer, Matti Koskiala. Farmer is heard on 5 of the 8 tracks and… Read more…


Art Farmer Discography Update 12

Discography updates as of December 16, 2020 Part 1 (1948-1957): 1957-02-02 This radio broadcast, featuring the Horace Silver Quintet (Farmer (t), Hank Mobley (ts), Silver (p), Teddy Kotick (b), Louis Hayes (d)) live at the Blue Note Club in Philadelphia, PA, can be found on YouTube. Further information, such as solo order and duration has… Read more…


Art Farmer Discography Update 11 and Performance Venue Update

Discography update as of October 14, 2020 Part 4 (1981-1999): 1987-06-28 A newly obtained live recording (radio broadcast) of the Jazztet at the Montreal Jazz Festival has been added. Many thanks to Michael Fitzgerald for bringing this to our attention. The list of venues at which Art Farmer performed during his 50-year career has been… Read more…


Art Farmer Discography Update 10

Discography updates as of July 29, 2020 Most of the following additions come from the database of a major European collector. The session date (yyyy-mm-dd) is followed by a brief description. While perusing this list (and the sessions), you will find the names of many iconic modern jazz figures including bassist Ray Brown, saxophonists Stan… Read more…


Art Farmer and Ornette Coleman

In the June 11, 2020 edition of his blog, Take the “A” Train, Ehsan Khoshbakht republishes a review of Ornette Coleman’s LP, Something Else!!!: The Music of Ornette Coleman (Contemporary  3551), written by Art Farmer. This review was originally published in The Jazz Review, Vol. 2, No. 6 (July 1959) and reveals the onset of… Read more…


We’re All in this Together

March 26, 2020 Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny was mentored by Art Farmer and recently recalled some words of wisdom from the jazz master that are apropos as we all struggle with the current coronavirus pandemic: Stay well everybody!


Art Farmer Dialogue Day at William Paterson University

On March 10, 2020, an Art Farmer Dialogue Day was held at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. At this 4 hour event, 10 ensembles made up of students in the WPU Jazz Studies Program, performed music associated with the great trumpeter/flugelhornist/flumpeter Art Farmer. The performances were then critiqued by faculty members and fellow students.… Read more…


Art Farmer Discography Update 9

Discography updates as of February 22, 2020 Part 1 (1948-1957): New reissue of Manny Albam sessions: April 2-4, 1957, September 16, 23, 1957. Part 2 (1958-1965): New Swedish reissue of sessions of April 28, 30, 1964:   It should be noted that this CD includes 5 bonus tracks that appear to be previously unissued. These… Read more…


Art Farmer at Rudy Van Gelder’s Recording Studios

We recently had the opportunity to visit NEA Jazz Master Rudy Van Gelder’s recording studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. This was his second studio, constructed in 1959, when he moved from his original location in Hackensack, NJ. Over a period of 35 years (1954-1989), Art Farmer participated in 36 recording sessions as leader and sideman… Read more…