My good friend and colleague Randall Kennedy and I are tired of watching (and hearing) jazz slowly fade away.
We ask why is this happening? What’s happening in the music and what’s going on in the media when it comes to covering jazz? Why do the same handful of names dominate nearly every blog post, critic’s list or major media article when it comes to the music? Why is jazz radio such a snoozer? The questions goes on and on …
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
Since producing the ground-breaking and popular podcast series The Traneumentary-Celebrating the Music of John Coltrane in 2007, I switched gears for a bit and spent some time in the worlds of pop, classical and broadway. My podcast productions include Elvis Costello, Yo-Yo Ma, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, Motown, Michael Jackson and others. Read more
When I was kid, one of my earliest recollections of being turned onto jazz was through the radio. My father listened to KJAZ, the San Francisco Bay Area’s jazz station and I thought it was the greatest station of all time (and in looking back, it probably was). I am proud to say it was at the heart of my jazz education. Read more