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João Gilberto, the Voice of Bossa Nova, Dies at 88 (DownBeat)

“Look at the wind tearing out the trees’ hair … .”

“But trees don’t have hair, João,” said the psychologist.

“And some people have no poetry in their souls,” he replied.

For my DownBeat obit on the genius João Gilberto, I spoke with Eliane Elias and the legendary Wanda Sá.

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Tomorrow in Freeport: The Great Jazz Singers – “From Satchmo to Billie”


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.

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“You can’t think and play at the same time…”

…The music is going too fast.” – Sonny Rollins quoted in Esquire.

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Wayne Shorter to Play on Laura Nyro Tribute Project

Billy, Wayne, LarryLarry 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.

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April 23, 2014 · 9:49 am

Looking frwd to hearing pianist Alan Broadbent tonight…

Alan BroadbentLooking forward to hearing pianist Alan Broadbent (2 Grammys, 7 nominations) & trio @The Drawing Room, 56 Willoughby St, Bklyn tonight at 7!

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“Free to Be Jane Monheit” – DownBeat, June 2013

Monheit photo from DB, hires1

“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.

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Why Harry Connick Jr. Couldn’t Sit Idle

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

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