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9
Apr

Remembering Carmen McRae & Her (Nearly Forgotten) Masterpiece

It is hard to say exactly why a musical artist moves you deep in your soul but for me in the case of vocalist Carmen McRae it is these three things:  She interprets lyric in an organic way that is on a level all her own with a take no prisoners attitude.  She intuitively interacts with her band as well as a live audience.  She has sass, strength and fearlessness as a singer and is an impeccable musician and composer. Read moreRead more

13
Dec

Paul Winter on The 32nd Annual Winter Solstice Concert

Last June I interviewed the Grammy-Award winning artist Paul Winter about his annual Summer Solstice concert. As we approach the winter season and solstice, the legendary saxophonist is preparing for his 32nd Annual Winter Solstice Celebration which takes place December 15th, 16th and 17th at The Cathedral of St. John The Divine. Read moreRead more

21
Oct

A Brush with Dizzy

In 1991, I had the honor of meeting Dizzy Gillespie while covering the Monterey Jazz Festival for the bulletin board version of Jazz Online (pre web) and KJAZ. My press credentials gave me access to the artist lounge which was located directly behind the main stage area. Everyone, who was anyone, hung out there during the festival especially from the late afternoon until the wee hours of the morning. Read moreRead more

26
Sep

Sonic Payton

Shooting Nicholas Payton’s Sonic Trance band @ Yoshi’s in Oakland back in the day was truly a blast and a highlight of the many video shoots that we produced from the mid 1990’s into the mid 2000’s. On this evening, we had three cameras and a 32 track audio truck parked right outside to capture Nick and the guys performing. Read moreRead more