December 2008 Blog Posts (79)

Happy New Year 2009!

Make it your best!!
Love you all! Sharon

Added by Sharon Rae on December 31, 2008 at 12:23pm — No Comments

drmike's 2008 radioIO Real Jazz TOP 20 JAZZ RELEASES

My first thoughts over recalling the jazz releases of 2008 brought no immediate standouts. Unlike other years, I didn’t already know my choices for the top 20 or have the usual dread of knowing which would have to be left out in the limited space of such a discussion. In the past days, I have been reading many journalists who have already chosen their favorites and many writers indicate that 2008 was a lackluster year in new jazz offerings. However, I sat down to examine the cast of 2008… Continue

Added by Michael Matheny on December 31, 2008 at 11:50am — No Comments

New CD Review from Review You

Gary E – “now&then”

2008, Electric Shadow

Gary E is a fabulously talented multi-instrumentalist whose primary instrument is the trumpet. He has studied under Lee Konitz as well as at Berklee School Of Music. His prior credits include work with several bands as well as composing music for PBS documentaries. His second release, now&then, displays a penchant for reserved musical theatrics and a conservative approach to composition that is classy and… Continue

Added by Gary E on December 30, 2008 at 6:42pm — No Comments

Great jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard dies at 70

John Rogers


Freddie Hubbard, the Grammy-winning jazz musician whose blazing virtuosity influenced a generation of trumpet players and who collaborated with such greats as Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, died Monday, a month after suffering a heart attack. He was 70.

Hubbard died at Sherman Oaks Hospital, said his manager, fellow trumpeter David Weiss of the New Jazz Composers Octet. He had been hospitalized since suffering the heart attack… Continue

Added by m j on December 30, 2008 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Martin Luther King Jr. on JAZZ

I always love reading this little talk of Martin's to concert audiences....


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Opening Address to the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival,

God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment and many different… Continue

Added by Steven Charles on December 30, 2008 at 6:50am — 1 Comment

New Calender page

Added by Don Black on December 28, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

December 28th, 2008 - The Last Word. Maybe.

Never worry about tomorrow. Yet another New Orleans motto? No, and not another Esquizito Credo, either. Nay, nay. It's The Nazarene again. In a way, he's got a point. If you are really interested in manifesting your dream world, you're doing yourself a disservice by wasting consciousness on thoughts of: how bad could it get? I guess it's true – somethings will get worse. Some things will get better. Things have gotten better. Worse or better, everything begins with an idea.

So... hey… Continue

Added by Esquizito on December 27, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

THE ESSENCE SHOW - Play List - December 28th, 2008


Host Kara Johnstad

December 28th, 2008

Sundays - 5 hours of great programming

Kara Johnstad - Hurried Nights

Zap Mama - New World

Rivertribe - Morning Prayer

Tiger Forest - A New Beginning

Alex Shapiro - Current Events First Movement

Kara Johnstad - Open Up and Receive

Miten and Deva Premal - So Much Magnificence

Sacred Earth - kyaponna

Deepak Chopra - The… Continue

Added by Kara Johnstad on December 27, 2008 at 8:48am — No Comments

My best wishes to friends!

I Wish to all my friends from The Jazz Network, for This Season and all Seasons:
Health and Happiness
Peace and Prosperity
Joy and Jazz

Added by Magdalena Vaida on December 27, 2008 at 8:14am — No Comments

Duke Ellington’s Posthumous Revenge

by Nat Hentoff

Long ago, I worked part-time at a Boston radio station that mostly played what its announcers solemnly called “serious music”—Bach, Beethoven, Bartók and other such cats. That reverential term was common around the country on such stations. On the air, I refused to categorize only European-derived classical music as “serious”—as if Armstrong, Ellington, Basie and Billie Holiday were only transient forms of impermanent cult music.

In 1965, the three-man music… Continue

Added by m j on December 25, 2008 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Wynton Marsalis -- Black codes From the Underground

black codes fm da underground


Charnett Moffett (bass), Ron Carter (bass), Jeff Watts (drums), Branford Marsalis (tenor and soprano saxophone), Kenny Kirkland (piano).


One of the hardest swinging and best-loved of his 1980s recordings wraps listeners in the astonishing group sound that… Continue

Added by m j on December 25, 2008 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Eartha Kitt, sultry 'Santa Baby' singer, dies

by Michael Kuchwara


Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died, a family spokesman said. She was 81.

Andrew Freedman said Kitt, who was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, died Thursday in Connecticut of colon cancer.

Kitt, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr, was one of America's most… Continue

Added by m j on December 25, 2008 at 9:10pm — No Comments

A Complete Jazzman

by Nat Hentoff

I am greatly indebted to Thomas Bellino, whose Planet Arts—a not-for-profit company involved in a network of educational and culturally awakening projects—includes Planet Arts Recordings. His latest release, Turn Up the Heath by the Jimmy Heath Big Band (, made me realize that in all these years writing about this music, I have ignored one of the most deeply satisfying and personal arranger-composers in jazz—especially evident when his instrument is a… Continue

Added by m j on December 25, 2008 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Is Jazz Black Music?

by Nat Hentoff

In January, I was on a panel at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The subject, “Is Jazz Black Music?” is still a lively and even combative one in some quarters. When I was invited, what first came to mind was Duke Ellington telling me long ago that in the 1920s, he went to Fletcher Henderson and said, “Why don’t we drop the word ‘jazz’ and call what we’re doing ‘Negro music’? Then there won’t be any confusion.” Henderson took a pass. But years later, when Louie Bellson was in… Continue

Added by m j on December 25, 2008 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Going Inside Jazz With Wynton

by Nat Hentoff

Of the many books on jazz I’ve read, much of the permanent illumination has come from those written by the musicians themselves. I can now add to the list Wynton Marsalis’ Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life (Random House). I don’t look for analysis of techniques. That’s obviously not my bag. I want to know more of the musicians, and how they hear one another. Wynton gets into the jazz experience from the inside. (Geoffrey C. Ward helped in the… Continue

Added by m j on December 25, 2008 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Jazz’s First Lady of Charity

by Nat Hentoff

When Phoebe Jacobs, longtime friend and associate of Louis Armstrong, says, “Don’t let anyone tell you Louis is dead because he’s not,” she’s not talking only about the continuing presence of his music all around the world. As the central force of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Phoebe keeps providing grants to a range of projects fulfilling Louis’ wish “to give back to people some of the goodness I’ve had from them.” Particularly notable in its worldwide… Continue

Added by m j on December 25, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

What About Mingus?

by Nat Hentoff

In our conversations, Duke Ellington never called his music jazz. He opposed putting any music in categories. So too did Charles Mingus, who said of his compositions and performances that they were—and still are—“Mingus music. I’m trying to play the truth of what I am. The reason it’s difficult is because I’m changing all the time.”

For most of us for whom jazz is a common part of our language, no other originals in the history of the music so far have… Continue

Added by m j on December 25, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments


Show your feelings!

So many things in our world are "smoke and mirrors" and we get very caught up in the illusions we see.

- We see people with gorgeous homes, luxury cars, expensive possessions...and we think they are living the good life - much better than our own.

- We see people with more money than they will ever need or know what to do with...and we think they must be so very happy.

- We see people with "perfect faces and bodies"...and we think EVERYBODY must…

Added by Sandi on December 24, 2008 at 9:37am — No Comments



My friends, i fell very happy sharing this wonderful website with all of You. Is the day to give you a big hug with all my love and send You a card... HO! HO! HO!

Added by Diego Losada Muñoz on December 24, 2008 at 8:41am — No Comments

Seasons Greetings

May the PEACE of GOD which surpasses all comprehension, guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus Phillipians 4:7

PS. And may God increase your already awesome talents.

Love you ALL Delightful Debbie / "Momma D"

Added by Delightful Debbie aka "Momma D" on December 22, 2008 at 5:02pm — No Comments

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