This Blog is a forum to share my thoughts on music, our communities, education, and a variety of topics, as well as an opportunity to engage with readers and listeners. I invite you to take a look and read as you choose. I look forward to linking with other blogs, hearing your thoughts, and enjoying some great conversations.
A recent interview with Jason Marsalis includes some thoughts on the Vibes Quartet, the new record, and his group’s approach.
Marsalis has his own vibe quartet, which includes drummer David Potter, pianist Austin Johnson and bassist William Goble. They are all interested in exploring a wide range of styles and he enjoys playing with them. (more…)
Here is an a very new effort getting started out in Phoenix, AZ, that looks promising. (more…)
My first album has been mastered and is inching closer to release. Obviously, I’ve been overly optimistic in predicting WHEN the album will be out, but it’s looking like late spring/early summer is more than a distinct possibility. With more time to listen back and think about where this album fits (and doesn’t fit) in the larger scheme of things both from an individual, group, and listener perspective, I’ve decided to change the title to “Some Stories Tell No Lies.” (more…)
2/8/2012: I found these thoughts sitting, unpublished. Figured I’d put it out there, fairly unedited, just to complete the entry and open it up for feedback. (more…)
Just over a week ago, on September 9th, 2011, I was reminded of the relatively obscure fact that two of my favorite musicians, Elvin Jones and Otis Redding, share a birthday.
Now clearly, in and of itself, this isn’t especially noteworthy. After all, with all of the wonderful musicians on this planet, many share birthdays over the years. However, I found the juxtaposition of Elvin and Otis to be especially pleasing. Mostly because they share so many wonderful qualities, despite the fact that they are almost never mentioned in the same sentence. Individually, and when examined comparatively, they have quite a lot to teach us, especially when considering the marginalized position the jazz art form finds itself in.