A peregrine falcon has been rescued after flying to Hawai'i. They normally nest in Alaska and Canada.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
A new exhibit of Beatles art:
A bass man gets ReBorn
Stupid Music meets Latin Jazz
New Jersey fights over a State song
And yet another great band name-Backyard Tire Fire!
Friday, January 30, 2009
Salsa played by a string quartet?
A preview of Grammy Week
Dave Alvin: the best of the High-Tone years
Remembering Richie Valens
And a preview of this weekend's festivities in Clear Lake Iowa...
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday is Gil Santos's last day at work at WBZ radio in Boston, where he has been since the 1960s. Thankfully he will continue as the radio voice of the New England Patriots.
He has called Patriots games continuously since 1966, except for a stretch between 1980 and 1990. His 30 years of services makes him the longest-serving current announcer in the NFL, tied with Merrill Reese of the Philadelphia Eagles.
In addition to the work at WBZ, Santos has called games for the Boston Celtics, Boston Breakers, Providence Friars basketball, Penn State Nittany Lions football, and Boston College Eagles football.
Gil was in fact Penn State’s radio play by play guy for many years. He and Paterno are bosom buds.
Jazz with a little Israeli flavor
Good vibes with Bobby Hutcherson
A review of La Ball's new album
And Dr. John does Tahoe
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
A new version of the theme from "The Simpsons", which has in the past been covered by NRBQ
In music, math counts!
Heart-healthy classical music
Tribute to Freddie Hubbard
And Johnny Rivers sighted!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Easy Star Records is issuing a reggae version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by the Easy Star All-Stars on April 14. (There's a very brief audio clip at the link.) The album features guest vocals from Steel Pulse, Matisyahu, Bunny Rugs (Third World), Ranking Roger (English Beat), Sugar Minott and The Mighty Diamonds, among others. The first single, “With A Little Help From My Friends,” featuring Luciano, will be released on iTunes Feb. 10.
Today's the official release date of the box set of "The Tiffany Transcriptions". It's about time!
"The 150 songs include plenty of blues tunes, amazing versions of such jazz classics like “C-Jam Blues” and “Jumping at the Woodside” done western swing style, as well as rags, dancehall pieces, novelty tunes, drinking songs, double-entendre pieces and stomping numbers that reveal a musical direction not always credited to Wills and the Texas Playboys."
Interview with the dB's
Blame it on the bossa nova!
Hard core sax in Florida
Rebirth of a music hall
And Boz Scaggs goes full circle
Monday, January 26, 2009
A jazz fest in South Africa
She's 100 and plays the blues
A preview of JazzFest 40 in New Orleans
And a review of Eric Burdon live
Sunday, January 25, 2009
"It was once America's best beach - now erosion has taken Kailua's shoreline out of the running. Literally digging away at the sand, creating a five foot drop-off. Slowly working it's way up the coast".
Pass the Scotch
1 cooking bag
oatmeal, rough cut
Precook onions and meat in pan with butter. Set aside. Cook oatmeal,
adding meat and onion mix. Add melted suet. Place into cooking bag
along with remaining ingredients, adding enough broth to keep the bags
contents submerged at the bag's base. Tie off bag and prop upright in
baking pan. Cut two or three 1/2 inch slits into top of bag. Bake at
375 degrees for forty minutes or until done.
P.S. Don't overcook.
High school bands play Berklee
A new jazz exhibit in Maine
A new season of Stupid Music in Texas
Another great review of "Box of Danger"
And a Larry Coryell sighting
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Department Chairwoman Laura H. Thielen says more than 20,000 stocked trout will be in the waters, each weighing at least one pound. She says fishing should be good this year because the fish love the rain and cold weather at Kokee.
As Spock would say, "fascinating".
"As we progressed in school, there were more chores. At Kailua High School, every month some students had “work” day. We worked in the cafeteria, helping to prepare lunch, in the office delivering notes, etc to classrooms, in the audio-visual room running projectors and worked with the custodians doing general clean up.
Perhaps a byproduct of this was that we never would had thought of vandalizing our school. I don’t remember one single incidence of someone stealing classroom equipment or messing up our school.
The fact that paddling was allowed could have been a factor as well. If someone really misbehaved in the classroom, they could be sent to the Principal’s office. There, Mr. Charles Clark would ask a young person to bend over and whack! After a whack or whacks with the paddle on the behind, young men would come out of the office with really red faces, and probably red behinds as well."
Jazz with a mission
R.I.P. to Welsh guitarist Mickey Gee, best known for his work with Dave Edmunds
Cigar box guitar fest
And a look at a long overdue Graham Bond reissue
Friday, January 23, 2009
The Dead Symphony makes its West Coast debut
Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural signs a new record deal
Los Lobos goes acoustic
Charlie Haden live-a review
And behind the scenes at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Fest
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Legendary jazzman David "Fathead" Newman has departed at age 75. One of his better later-life projects was called "Bluesiana", a jazz trio with the late Art Blakey on drums and Mack "Dr. John" Rebennack on piano.
Latin jazz at Lincoln Center
Do musicians really care about sound quality?
Clean-up needed on aisle 5...
Another review of the Stupid Music this week in DC
And a new release from NRBQ's Terry Adams!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Red Green plays jazz?
Gunther Schuller sighting
And an interview with rockabilly man James Intveld
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Norwegians cross musical boundaries
Exposed! The plot to keep jazz down...
Freddy Cole sighted
A review of the Stupid Music in DC
And a review of the Mother of All Stupid Music box sets
Monday, January 19, 2009
New boxed set by jazz great Anthony Braxton
The Wailers in Minnesota
The Grambling Marching Band sighted
Yet another Django tribute band
And a memorial to late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Lots of music in DC this weekend. Wonder why?
A godmother of jazz:
Wynton hits the road
Willie and The Wheel: Stupid Music Deluxe!
And Duke Ellington meets Stupid Music
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Hanging with Sir Paul
All that you ever wanted to know about Sir John
Latest jazz charts
Patty Loveless sighted in concert
And Merle Haggard goes to court!
Friday, January 16, 2009
For you folks with vinyl LPs, a fitting new turntable
Bengali jazz fusion?
Remembering MLK with song
Stupid Music goes to Washington
And a profile of Roswell Rudd
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Online music piracy still a problem?
A visit with New Orleans' Marc Broussard
David Grisman sighted
And the mighty sound that was
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The performer inductees are:
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Early Influence Category Inductee:
Sidemen Category Inductees:
Well, as happens every year, we have reached THE coldest week. We currently have arctic air blasting down from the North Pole at about a thousand miles per hour, and it's a tropical 5 degrees here on Saddle Hill.
It will be 8 below tonight, with a high tomorrow of 8 above. Tomorrow night it will be a balmy 10 to 16 below, and Friday the high will be 4 above.
The Wigs reunite. I'm thrilled.
A tribute to Chris Gaffney
New music from Mau'i
A "Song Swap" here in New Hampshire
And how to completely miss the point of music!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sonny Rollins seeks the Lost Chord
Staff changes at Monterey Jazz
Gibson Guitars goes to Sundance
Imagine? Gandhi on a Beatles album cover?
And yet another cool new band name-the SteelDrivers (bluegrass)
Monday, January 12, 2009
Q & A with a music critic
50 years after the music died, a visit to the Surf Ballroom
Rock and soul music
Loew's Theatre in Hoboken has some tasty live shows upcoming
And "American Routes" comes to CD
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Eddie Van Halen creates a new guitar
A guitar maestro
And a look at the Latin Jazz Giants Orchestra
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Some but not all of my technical glitches have been worked thru. I obviously have improved the posting capability but still have sporadic problems when using other browsers.
Click the post title for more
Noted SF jazz venue Yoshi's makes some changes
A visit with keyboardist Larry Willis
Livin' la vida Lobos
An interview with Al Kooper
And Motown turns 50
Friday, January 9, 2009
The Environmental Impact Study (EIS) is out:
"A draft environmental impact statement on harbor improvements to accommodate the Hawaii Superferry finds that the interisland vessel would adversely impact cultural activities at harbors, add to traffic, and potentially lead to the loss of natural resources and recreational activities in commercial harbors.
However, the vessel would also provide a “significant beneficial impact” on public health and safety by providing a superior type of marine transportation and help with disaster planning and emergency response."
Comet Lulin (C/2007 N3), discovered in 2007 by a collaborative team of Taiwanese and Chinese astronomers, is swinging around the sun and approaching Earth. The photogenic comet has a bright tail and an "anti-tail" visible in mid-sized backyard telescopes. At closest approach in February, Comet Lulin is expected to brighten to naked-eye visibility.
Not the Darlings from the old Andy Griffith Show, but The Darlin's!
Nashville Skyline meets Stupid Music
A look at the music behind the film "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", filmed at Turtle Bay
Stretching the limits of jazz
And jazz meets Jagger?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Music that knows no boundaries
Mardi Gras kicks off in N'Orleans
Carlene Carter reappears
And R.I.P. to longtime LA classical music radio host Gene Parrish
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Hugh Masekela interview
Dizzy Gillespie and Dr. Jazz
Learn to play guitar from Sting
Behind The Who's guitar smashing
And R.I.P. to Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Jazz in Denmark (nothing rotten)
The life of a music contractor
A new album by the original Hot Lips
Jazz singing VS cabaret singing
And the Mother of all Guitar Fests
Monday, January 5, 2009
As mentioned here on the blog last year sometime, our local PD's prized piece of equipment is "Barney" (named after Don Knotts, natch), which was purchased from a police department in California. This is a classic 1967 Ford Galaxy.
A review of the new Trace Adkins CD
The 5 most anticipated music events of 2009
Ray Benson, Texas Jewish Ambassador
And 40 years of synaesthetic improvisation!
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Trying to revive an orchestra in the Big Easy
Banjo meets tabla?
And R.I.P. to legendary steel guitarist Walter Haynes
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Here's a review of the NYE show in Northampton MA by former NRBQ guitarist Big Al Anderson and his current band The Balls. The Balls are no slouches, as they are comprised of rhythm guitarist Jim Chapdelaine, keyboardist Reese Wynans, who played for many years with the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Glenn Worf and Chad Cromwell, AKA the rhythm section for Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler.
Preparing tomorrow's orchestras
A Love Supreme
Checking out some recent jazz releases
A folk music center in California celebrates 50 years
And Soleto Fest 2009 announces its lineup
Friday, January 2, 2009
A Year In The Life
Corky Siegel sighting
Top 15 Kiddies' albums of '08
Digital downloads set record
And a profile of New Orleans jam band Galactic
I am still having tech problems-but I found out one possible cause. I had my brother update my Internet Explorer browser the other night, and he apparently gave me a beta version of IE 8 which still has problems.
As a result postings will be limited for a few more days. Patience!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
2008 in Jazz-a review
How music heals in crisis
An interview with Los Lobos
The Island Rose
And a new box set of old-time music