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 …
Is there anything musically that Chick Corea can’t do? I don’t think so. Chick, who is a youthful 70 if you can believe it, could not be more busy, in demand and relevant to the jazz scene today. It is truly remarkable when you think of how many aspects of the music’s rich legacy Chick has been an active participate as well as a trailblazer and today, he still continues to push the limits of himself and the music. Read more
Al Jarreau won the Grammy® for Best Jazz Vocal Performance in 1977 for the album Look To The Rainbow. The album’s success placed Al on the map as the leading jazz singer of the day. One of the album’s many highlights was Al’s brilliant vocal interpretation of the Paul Desmond classic “Take Five.” This track not only set a new benchmark for jazz singers to aspire to, but it is now considered legendary.
Featured on this very special Jazz Backstage podcast, Al Jarreau comments on his live performance of “Take Five” captured on the classic recording Look To The Rainbow.
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