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9
Apr
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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

20
Dec
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The Most Intriguing Performance in Jazz 2011

Jazz, Math, Tech & Lyle Mays

One of the most intriguing events in jazz this year that went largely unnoticed was something that I accidentally stumbled upon.   Read moreRead more

13
Dec
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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

9
Dec
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Bill Frisell Covers John Lennon

As the anniversary of John Lennon’s death paid tribute to his life and musical contributions, I found myself listening to the latest album from guitarist Bill Frisell titled All We Are Saying. Read moreRead more

4
Nov
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A Reason to SMiLE

The greatest rock and roll album never completed was The Beach Boys SMiLE.  Recorded shortly after the groundbreaking Pet Sounds album in 1966, it found lead Beach Boy and legendary composer Brian Wilson (at only 24) at the peak of his creative prowess merging his Southern California branded popular music into new and abstract sonic territories. Read moreRead more

21
Oct
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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
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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

23
Sep
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Celebrating John Coltrane

Today we celebrate John Coltrane born September 23, 1926 and throughout the day we will honor Trane and share never before heard commentary episodes from the Traneumentary podcast series and more. Read moreRead more

12
Aug
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Vintage Stan Getz Quartet Live

A good friend sent me a link to a historic and incredible video featuring a live performance of the Stan Getz Quartet from 1965 or 66 featuring Gary Burton, Steve Swallow and Roy Haynes. It was shot for a BBC series titled Jazz Goes To College. Read moreRead more

28
Jul
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Return To Forever – The Complete Columbia Albums

Contributed by guest blogger Douglas Payne

After a prodigious session career in the 1960s, several solo albums that toyed with both the traditional and freer forms of jazz and a mercurial period of experimentation with Miles Davis between 1968 and 1972, pianist and composer Chick Corea crystalized the notion of his first “group” endeavor, to be known as Return to Forever. Read moreRead more

28
Jul
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Amy Winehouse Covers “Round Midnight”

In case you missed this rare track, a few years ago the late singer Amy Winehouse recorded a funky interpretation of the Thelonious Monk classic “Round Midnight” on the b-side of her single “Take The Box.” Read moreRead more

19
Jul
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Jazz Stylist Stan Getz

Contributed by guest blogger Douglas Payne

Tenor saxophonist Stan Getz (1927-91) is one of jazz’s best and best-known sax players. His warm, lyrical sound transcended many fads and fashions in jazz and was remarkably consistent throughout his long and varied career. Although he played everything from bebop to cool jazz, he is best remembered for popularizing the warm wave of the Brazilian Bossa Nova in America during the early 1960s, scoring huge, timeless hits with such songs as “The Girl from Ipanema.” Read moreRead more