If you’re free on Sunday afternoon, 2/5/17, join me for a look back at The Great Jazz Singers (Part 1) – From Satchmo to Lady Day. I’ll be speaking – and playing killer film clips – at the Freeport Memorial Library on Merrick Road at 2:30 pm, and it’s free.
…The music is going too fast.” – Sonny Rollins quoted in Esquire. http://ow.ly/x0rax
Larry Klein and Billy Childs’ “Laura Nyro Revisited” album, coming this fall, will feature Wayne Shorter on “Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp.” Alison Krauss, Susan Tedeschi, Dianne Reeves, Rickie Lee Jones, Esperanza Spalding, and more big names will appear on the tribute album.
Looking forward to hearing pianist Alan Broadbent (2 Grammys, 7 nominations) & trio @The Drawing Room, 56 Willoughby St, Bklyn tonight at 7!
“Free to be Jane Monheit” – DownBeat, June 2013
Jane Monheit, one of the most accomplished jazz singers of her generation, no longer strives for perfection. Here’s my article from the June 2013 DownBeat.
Why Harry Connick Jr. Couldn’t Sit Idle During ‘Idol’ — “The point Connick tried to make, which Jackson didn’t want to hear, was that the show’s contestants didn’t know these classic songs well enough to take liberties with their melodies and lyrics. In doing so, they were murdering the music.”
Next Avenue http://ow.ly/kIQEw
Int’w w/Bobby McFerrin today before his show @ Adelphi U. New CD ‘spirityouall’ is gorgeous jazz/blues/Americana http://ow.ly/k79V4