Dennis, I hear you are such a busy man its hard to find time to socialize on The Jazz Network. :-(
We would love to network with you, collaborate and get some gigs!!! You'll find there are many in here who are facilitators of just that. Come an hang with us when you can! I'm guessing you know my brother Duffy.
Dennis: I made your passport photo for your Japan tour back in '92. Also ran into you at a couple of Victor Wooten shows at the Rec in Towson. Bootsy showed up, too. You're a great human. Of course, I love your playing. You've inspired me and added to my approach to playing. Thanks for giving back to everyone you meet. Glad to see you here. John
The Jazz Network is exactly what the title suggests, a place where you get to mix and mingle with those who have not only an appreciation for Jazz but a forum to hear new up and coming artists as well. I've hooked up with so many of my old friends that I've lost contact with over the years here and it's been a great place to meet folk, appreciate good music and Musicianship. What an incredible idea!!
The great composer and bandleader was distraught over the 1967 death of Billy Strayhorn, his songwriting and arranging partner of 28 years. But Ellington took Strayhorn's passing as an impetus, born of necessity, to increase his own productivity. Here are five examples.
At the Village Vanguard, one flight down from the hubbub of New York City, in a tight space packed with people, we're about to embark on a musical odyssey by sea. Our captain is saxophonist Chris Potter, who's launching his Odyssey-inspired album The Sirens.
Divine: The Jazz Albums, 1954-1958 packs four CDs with Vaughan's music, recorded live or in the studio with bands big and small. Two live albums from Chicago nightclubs are standouts, partly when a performance threatens to slide off the rails.