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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 [...]

In February, The Gumbo Brothers were invited to be part of an upcoming TV show on the Discovery Channel starring chef John Besh. The show is called “Inedible to Incredible”. The episode featuring The Gumbo Brothers leading a parade and getting a party started with “Here Come The Tribe” will air in June. We had [...]

Mark Johnson is a producer and film maker who is committed to breaking down cultural barriers through the unique power of music.  His Playing For Change project (cd and documentary) has launched a phenomenon which continues to expand and give back to communities around the world through their non-profit organization.  Here is a link to [...]

This is a cool clip of De La Soul playing at Coachella being backed (as they have been for the last year) by the Rhythmn Roots Allstars.  Matt DeMerritt is the tenor player for the band – although he is playing keys on this clip.  Matty D. is a dear friend, brother of the BBQ, [...]

Here is a link to a great interview with Daptone Records founder Gabe Roth on the Waxpoetics website.  He is also the producer of Sharon Jones’ latest cd, “I Learned the Hard Way” which dropped on April 6th.  There is a cool promo video from it here. Gabe is one of my favorite producers working [...]

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 [...]

RootDownFM is absolutely the coolest listening spot on the web if you like funk, jazz, soul, latin, hip-hop, reggae, afrobeat, boogaloo.  It is a subscription service powered by Live365. Live 24/7, 72 hours no-repeat, and no ads.  It is a fantastic mix of classic cuts and new music from independent artists all carefully chosen by [...]

I was having a small party the other night with some friends who were visiting from the east coast.  I threw these mixtapes on and immediately people who didn’t know were asking me who/what it was. The Messengers is the work of DJ/Remixer/Producer, J.Period and Somali-born MC, K’Naan (the dusty-foot philosopher).  In addition to the [...]