Browsing Posts tagged jazz

Sonny Rollins has been one of my favorite musicians since 10 minutes after I returned home carrying his album with the Modern Jazz Quartet following a bike ride to the Goodnow public library when I was in the fifth grade. His jock-ish energy, brawny tenor tone, and melodic invention immediately grabbed me and have sustained my […]

Here is an interview with Ran Blake in the Boston Globe ahead of a concert to be held in celebration of his 75th birthday.  John Medeski is the guest interviewer.  Ran was an influential mentor of John’s when he was a student at the New England Conservatory.  Ran has been a professor in the third stream […]

Herbie Hancock is among the musicians I hold in the highest regard.  He is one of my favorite piano players, but beyond that represents my ideals of artistry.  His career is distinguished not only by the many icons that have been his peers, but also by the breadth of genre and style that he has […]

It is widely known and nearly universally agreed by fans of New Orleans music that Troy Andrews, known as Trombone Shorty, is the most gifted crescent city musician of his generation and a promising beacon in a musical lineage as thick as the roux that has flavored its rich tradition. On his debut solo cd, Backatown, on […]

This is a great track from a legendary blind guitar player from New Orleans, Snooks Eaglin, who died last year about a month before jazzfest.  The song was written by Dave Bartholomew.  I love his classic harmonic movement.  If you caught the first episode of Treme on HBO recently, it was his box set that […]

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“My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” is the track that introduced me to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (wikipedia) 20 something years ago.  I heard it on a Boston radio station – probably WERS or WGBH, but I can’t remember.  What I do remember is that it blew me away.  I was a kid in […]

I heard his name mentioned many times over a period of years before I finally heard him.  Now, having heard him live with several different bands and listening to him on some fantastic albums, Johnny Vidacovich is one of my favorite drummers.  He can drop a mile-wide pocket, add brilliant color, and keep everyone on […]

James Booker was a hugely influential New Orleans piano player and unique character that many people don’t seem to know.  He sounds great playing stride, boogie-woogie, jazz, R&B – always funky!  Harry Connick, Jr. tells great stories about the frequently legally challenged Booker “dropping by” his house (his father was the District Attorney in New […]

I have loved Dr. John since I was about 14 and heard a solo piano version of Blue Monk on a compilation my brother had.  These videos are a great example of why.  This first tune is “The Mess Around” by Ray Charles. “Swanee River Boogie” Bookmark to: