June 20, 2017

Thelonious Monk Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 Sam Records & Saga This year, 2017, is the centennial year for the first jazz recording, Original Dixieland Jazz Band’s Original Dixieland Jazz One Step and Livery Stable Blues, and for jazz pianist and a BOP originator, Thelonious Sphere Monk. The current two-CD set has an interesting backstory. Monk[…]

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June 13, 2017

Drummer and jazz enthusiast Ray Farrell died on March 3 at age 95. He was Jazz Pensacola’s oldest member. He was a frequent participant at our first-Monday jazz jams. Ray was a native of New Jersey who served in the U. S. Army during WWII. A career officer, he retired in 1963 as a major.[…]

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June 12, 2017

My term as Jazz Pensacola President is about to end. It will mark the end of 13 years of active leadership involvement – 12 years on the board (plus one year of attending meetings in between consecutive terms) including 7 years as president. They say that change is the only constant, and certainly Jazz Pensacola[…]

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June 12, 2017

The 34th annual Pensacola JazzFest April 1-2 at historic downtown Pensacola’s Seville Square is now in the history books. And what a great time it was! Featuring world-famous trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, the Gulf Coast All-Star Collegiate Jazz Band and Don Snowden Orchestra presented super performances. Along with the many school bands, capacity audiences were also[…]

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June 8, 2017

Roger Davidson Trio with Hendrik Meurkens Oracao Para Amanha (Prayer for Tomorrow) Soundbrush Records Roger Davidson is a pianist/composer who records on his own label, Soundbrush Records. After listening to these dozen Latin tunes, I went to his website and learned that he performs various types of music. This CD with his regular trio, bassist[…]

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June 8, 2017

Dick Hyman: Solo at the Sacramento Jazz Festivals 1983-1988 Arbors Records/ ARCD 19451 The back-story about the production of this CD is as fascinating as the music. Most people reading this, I hope, will recognize the name of Dick Hyman. He’s now still playing as has recently celebrated his 90th birthday. We’re wishing him good[…]

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