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For Harold Mabern's 79th Birthday, An Uncut Blindfold Test from 2004

Pianist Harold Mabern celebrates his 79th birthday today. I had a chance to hear him last night playing bassist Gregory Ryan’s weekly gig at at a midtown steakhouse (Joe Farnsworth on drums). 3,290 more words


A Cowardly Lion

And an inexplicable melancholy on this sunny, soggy, drippy day in Denver.

Perhaps the coming snowstorm will brighten my mood.

“Cowardly Lion,” oil on canvas board, 5″ x 7″ 12 more words


2015 Jazz Grammy® Preview #1 – Best Improvised Jazz Solo

Well here I am folks, late to the Grammy Party but still right on time!

The 2015 Grammy® Awards will be handed out this Sunday, February 8. 722 more words

Chick Corea

Jazz Legends of the Winter

Ron Carter. Benny Golson. Jimmy Cobb. Bill Charlap. Brad Mehldau. George Coleman. All great players, all on the same bill, one night only. What – you want more? 63 more words

Music Writing And Clips

Belated birthday wishes to Jimmy Cobb (plus a CD review)

The great drummer Jimmy Cobb is still swinging hard, going strong after 65 years behind the kit. The jazz elder statesman, last heard in Ottawa at the city’s 2008 and 2009 jazz festivals, marked his 86th birthday last week, and on Sunday night finished a three-night run at Smoke Jazz & Supper Club on New York’s Upper West Side. 574 more words


Hey, Man: Town Hall Memorial Remembers Bassist Charlie Haden

The line of people stretched down the block in the cold on West 43rd Street in Manhattan for a chance to get inside the Town Hall Theater and say goodbye to the great bassist Charlie Haden. 1,261 more words

Pat Metheny

Sound of 2014: Juan Rodriguez's top picks, from Bill Frisell to The Bad Plus

It surprised me that a hefty proportion of my top recorded jazz picks for 2014 included music that many do not consider jazz, or even rock, for that matter. 1,067 more words