Tag Archives: Jazz

Friday Night Concert Clip: Clark Terry, “Mumbles,” etc.

I love rock music. Raised on symphonic, classical and big band, my musical rebellion was fueled by rock. Like most of my generation, upon reaching my teens, I eschewed “serious” music for the sorcery of simpler composition; loud, amplified guitars, … Continue reading

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George Duke with Billy Cobham – “Rush Hour”

The joy that is jazz improv captured here among stellar musicians. Much can be written about this but I’d rather simply listen. What a gift to command so fluently this expressive alternate form of communication! Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Dexter Gordon

I was fortunate to see Dexter in a small club shortly after his return to America, fronting a sextet. They were a wonderfully fluid, emotive yet precise group whose styles provided a perfect canvas upon which Dexter painted sonic images that sent chills through the steamy room. Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Series: Pat Matheny, “Minuano”

When I was in college, my eyes were opened to jazz.  As a singer, I had always learned and performed by ear but I was fortunate to become friends with trained musicians who were well-versed in jazz, blessed with the … Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Al Jarreau “Take Five”

As I finished college, jazz fusion had successfully crossed over to rock, “smooth jazz” was a format for the future and many gifted jazz musicians explored different directions, combining jazz with other forms of music to create novel hybrids. Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip: Ray Brown, “A Night In Tunisia”

If you like jazz and in particular, jazz drumming, click below, because you’ll witness a superb sample of one of the least heralded BEST drummers in the western world, Jeff Hamilton. Continue reading

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Friday Night Concert Clip(s)- Jeff Beck: “Pork-Pie Hat/Brush w/the Blues, Charlie Mingus: “Good-Bye Pork-Pie Hat”

One of the best guitarists I’ve ever heard is Jeff Beck. So, what? That’s like saying Mohamed Ali was a braggart. But the more I listen to Jeff Beck as I get older, the more amazed I am at what he knew about the instrument and music in general when we were younger. Continue reading

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Ken Burns Loses GM as Backer

Documentary producer Ken Burns, made famous by PBS documentaries from “The Civil War” to “Baseball,” to “Jazz” and “The War” recently lost the financial support of his biggest backer, General Motors. Continue reading

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