"Popular music has been bent, shaped, distorted and destroyed by Media moguls who have overseen the perpetuation of the puerile........establishment of the bland.......meritocracy of the mediocre, and the triumph of the trivial. Don't get…"
Lisburn, eight miles south of Belfast.Northern Ireland.
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Spoken Word Artist, Manager, Educator, Graphic Designer, Journalist
Tell us a little about your background...
I play drums and vibraphone, kind of semi retired, but worked with the BBC Northern IrelandLight Orchestra, many years of freelancing. Have backed various visiting jazz musicians, Tal Farlow, Zoot Sims, Louis Stewart, Martin Taylor, Peter King, Mundel Lowe etc. Still gigging, the drums and vibes are getting heavier but the enthusiasm is undiminished, laterly Malletkat has become my main interest, Check me out on tommy-thomas.net
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What Instrument do you play?
Drums, Percussion, Trumpet, Other
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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.