Doc Severinsen: A Legend, And A Friend

Contributed by guest blogger Mike Metheny Anyone who was a serious trumpet student in the 1960s will tell you about the short list of trumpet “gods” in those days. Rafael Mendez and Clark Terry come to mind. Miles and Maynard, of course. And there was the classical virtuoso, Maurice Andre. But none of those legends…

By The Jazz Messenger September 20, 2010 Off

Q&A: Les McCann

From the first time I heard the song “Compared To What,” I fell in love with the piano playing and singing of Les McCann. His bold, soulful and groovy style just feels good. Whether he is playing the keyboards or singing, Les always delivers a creative musical expression guaranteed to get your fingers snappin’, foot…

By The Jazz Messenger September 13, 2010 Off

David Darling: The Art of Eight String Religion

For many music enthusiasts, there are those unique artists that touch a special place in our mind, body and soul. We discover these artists at various points in our lives and they become permanently etched on our personal soundtrack as we evolve on our life’s journey. The Grammy-Award winning cellist David Darling is one of those artists for me.

By The Jazz Messenger August 26, 2010 Off