Had to give you some 'extra kudos' on your show last night. The band was tight and you sounded great. I said to you "I enjoyed seeing the smile in your eyes as you performed" never saw a sax player do that before, you really sensed that you were enjoying your work sincerely. I liked that. Your new CD is taking off and what a groove that is?? I'll continue to help from our end here in The Jazz Network. I want you to also invite your band members to join us here. Your drummer and bassist blew me away! Very cohesive groove. I look forward to more shows to come and great musical exchanges.
OK, here she comes, you thought I forgot? OOOOhhh you changed the tunes to a 'sneak peek' of 'BURNIN'... You know your Jazz Network family will lift you up and will blow on the embers of "Burnin'... let me know when you are ready to share it with the fam. I'm behind ya.
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.