Today is Miles Davis’ birthday – as Joe Zawinul said about him “a genius isn’t someone who invents one great thing and keeps doing it over and over again, a genius is someone who keeps changing and evolving” – In 1970 Miles and company (including tabla and sitar) cut a version of Crosby Stills . . . → Read More: Miles Davis – Guinnevere, by Pat Thomas
Fantagraphics Books has just released Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980 a beautiful hardcover coffee table book which collects the photographs of legendary musician Les McCann; he documented the jazz and soul scene —across several decades. All of them previously unpublished until now. Perhaps the largest collection of . . . → Read More: Invitation To Openness: The Jazz & Soul Photography Of Les McCann 1960-1980
Los Angeles jazz organist Brian Charette has released his new single, “Time of the Season,” a cover of The Zombies’ 1968 hit. This supercoolish vamp is the latest from Charette’s full-length album, Good Tipper, which was released November 2014. When not recording or performing, Charette teaches master classes all over the world and is . . . → Read More: Brian Charette – Time Of The Season
Portland jazz artist Barbara Lusch is no novice to the heart and grit that fueled the 80s and brought about rock powerhouse numbers from Springsteen, Bowie, Bon Jovi and many other culture icons. In a creative attempt to underline the passion and emotive fervor contained in the lyrics of these rock ballads, Lusch . . . → Read More: Barbara Lusch – Where the Streets Have No Name
The Grammy and Billboard award-winning trumpeter and bandleader, Irvin Mayfield, has put out his first album of holiday music with A New Orleans Creole Christmas, a collection of timeless holiday classics reinterpreted by the widely-recorded cultural ambassador of New Orleans. With his 12th release on the New Orleans source for jazz, Basin Street . . . → Read More: Irvin Mayfield – O Tannenbaum
1971: Quincy and heavy friends ‘sing’ Carole King, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, and more. Nearly every jazz and studio musician in NYC and LA played on this – from Freddie Hubbard to Joe Beck to Jimmy Smith to Carole Kaye with Paul Beaver on moog, Toots Thielmans on harp.
– Pat Thomas . . . → Read More: Quincy Jones – Smackwater Jack, What’s Goin’ On, by Pat Thomas
Sad news for those of us who loved/still love “Jazz with a Future”….and the precious few musicians with the courage to reach for it, much less actually ARRIVE there, as Charlie Haden did on so many occasions.
P.S. This Fred Kaplan is NOT the academic and Nineties Gore Vidal biographer with whom Gore had . . . → Read More: Charlie Haden RIP, by Tom Kipp
My third movie as part of Seattle International Film Festival was an utmost treasure. Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women In Jazz was a documentary by Director Kay Ray, and co-producer Cathy Wadley. Lady Be Good reveals the lost stories of female jazz musicians from the early 1920s to the 1970s through archival footage and . . . → Read More: Lady Be Good; Instrumental Women In Jazz, by Holly Homan
Take a look at the video below as it contains snippets of what sounds like a very promising new album entitled The Invasion Parade which has just been released by Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez. The album was produced by the legendary Quincy Jones and features Portland’s own Esperanza Spalding on bass. The . . . → Read More: Cuban Pianist and Composer Alfredo Rodríguez to Release The Invasion Parade
Ms. Cecile McLorin Salvant singing the Raymond Hubbell & John Golden standard “Poor Butterfly”. For more videos, photos, touring info and more, visit http://cecilemclorinsalvant.com/
Meet Sophia Bastian. She sings because she loves Ray Charles and Tupac Shakur, or at least that what she says at the end of “Ways to Take it Easy.” She puts a jazzy spin on classic soul with tasty organ riffs and brawny horn stabs that sound as full as vintage Morphine to punctuate . . . → Read More: Sophia Bastian – Breaking – From a Distance – Ways to Take it Easy
“J’attendrai” (I Will Wait) was a pop hit for the French chanteuse Rina Ketty in 1938. Here it is covered in stunning fashion the next year by The Quintet of the Hot Club of France, led by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. This clip not only shows us the interplay of two jazz giants . . . → Read More: Django Reinhardt – J’attendrai (I Will Wait) By John Siscoe
Asked recently by a friend to suggest the most dionysiac work of art I could remember. My personal vote was for something, anything from Coltrane. It could be any of dozens of his later compositions. I perceive him to have mastered (conjured? unleashed?) an art form which was wild, orgiastic and spontaneous while exhibiting . . . → Read More: John Coltrane – Resolution
An old, passed-down Negro spiritual became even more epic in Nina Simone‘s vengeful hands… you can feel the heat and taste the sweat in this definitive version; over ten minutes of jazz-propelled desperation. With Miss Simone – no stranger to the church – leading a call-and-response from a decidedly rocking pulpit, “Sinnerman” remains popular . . . → Read More: Nina Simone – Sinnerman, By Steve Stav
Preservation Hall Jazz Band are no strangers to the disastrous aftermath of a hurricane, having endured Hurricane Katrina in 2005, that left their hometown of New Orleans in shambles. Following Katrina, Preservation Hall Jazz Band launched Renew Orleans, along with partners Ropeadope and Okayplayer. The project raised over $80,000 for local musicians. In additional . . . → Read More: Preservation Hall Jazz Band Partners with Organizations to Raise Money for Artists and Musicians Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Trane and Monk (Tip of the hat to Mike Hinton for bringing this to our attention.)
Dang girlfriend… You are out of this world. To say the least you’re the most.
– Hugh Gerrard
Back in Chicago in the 1970s in my early teens my dad took my brother and I to see Oscar Peterson at the now defunct Rick’s Café Americain (one of many such named and themed Casablanca bars of the time). As a budding keyboard player, I was struck then and now, by how that . . . → Read More: Oscar Peterson – Take the “A” Train, By Steve Gans