I just finished listening to Brubeck’s Time Out and was once again reminded what a truly brilliant album it is and considering it was originally released in 1959, it remarkably still sounds as fresh as ever. It was shortly after being exposed to this great work that I fell in love with the music. There was something about the sound, the depth and the variety that just spoke to me and I knew at that point that I wanted to do something in jazz. Read more
JAZZ LEGEND JAMES MOODY BATTLING CANCER
By George Varga (Originally posted on SignOnSanDiego)
Jazz saxophone legend James Moody, a San Diego resident for the past 21 years, has disclosed that he has had pancreatic cancer since at least February — and that he had decided not to receive any chemo therapy or radiation treatment.
At his behest, Moody’s condition was previously only shared with family members and some of his most trusted confidantes in the music world. Moody, 85, and his wife, Linda, decided to inform their friends and his fans of his condition in an e-mail letter she sent out earlier this morning. Read more
I can’t believe it. Sitting next to me on stage at B&N are Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, and Mark Turner. OREGON! If I made a list of groups that totally inspired me to pursue a career in music, OREGON would definitely be on the short list, along with Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return to Forever to name a few. Read more
Legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb has performed and recorded with many of the most prolific jazz artists including Miles Davis, Dinah Washington, Wes Montgomery and Sarah Vaughan. Jimmy’s work with John Coltrane is most recognized on Miles’ recordings such as Kind of Blue and Someday My Prince Will Come. Read more
Creative and versatile jazz vocalist Theo Bleckmann recently performed a brilliant concert of his interpretations of the songs of underrated British pop artist & songwriter Kate Bush at the (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York. The project was billed as Hello Earth! – The Music of Kate Bush. Read more
In honor of Dizzy Gillespie’s birthday (10-21-1917), Google has Doodled the famed pioneer of bebop.
Well, it has happened. I was recently ranting to a good friend about how today’s jazz scene is just not the same as it was when I was young and first launched Jazz Online. After my long and emotional diatribe on the sorry state of the music and industry, my friend bluntly retorted, “I hate to be the one to tell you this, but I think you have just entered the first stage of geezerhood.” Read more
We officially launched The Traneumentary series with New Orleans based trumpeter, film composer and Grammy winner Terence Blanchard. Terence has worked and recorded with a number of musicians including Art Blakey, Lionel Hampton and Donald Harrison and has scored numerous films most notably for Spike Lee. Read more
I’ve known George since 1984 when I was one of his students standing on an endless line of saxophonists descending on his teaching studio. At that time, I would have never have considered that over twenty years later, George would be teaching for me as a member of my NYU Jazz faculty. Read more