Nov 29, 2009
He will always be the Quiet Beatle. George Harrison stood still in the background of the Fab Four, perhaps the most musically talented, and likely the deepest and most spiritual of the band. Today is the eighth anniversary of his death in 2001 from lung cancer, and Podcast 171 is dedicated to his memory.
Nov 28, 2009
My friend Mary Lou sent me this link, which must be shared with all:
A pair of Johns Hopkins and government scientists have discovered that when jazz musicians improvise, their brains turn off areas linked to self-censoring and inhibition, and turn on those that let self-expression flow.
The joint research, using...
Nov 26, 2009
We all have much to be thankful for today, and so let us begin the day by sharing the sentiment of this song, written by Irving Berlin and sung by Erin Bode, the Official Song of Thanksgiving Day:
When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
Nov 25, 2009
Twenty-four hours to go before the big Thanksgiving feast! What would go better with some turkey than some "Giblet Gravy" courtesy of George Benson.
Those who only know Benson from his smooth jazz or Top 40 recordings don't realize that he was one of the funkiest and fastest guitar slingers in his early days. Here he...
Nov 22, 2009
I've blogged about the unique singer-songwriter Jacqui Naylor before, and this weekend I had the pleasure to speak with her in anticipation of her three night run at the Blue Note in New York with her trio.
One of the most versatile performers in jazz today, Ms. Naylor's set is as likely to include reimaginings of...