August 27, 2018

Cabin in the Sky Hendrik Meurkens, chromatic harmonica; Bill Cunliffe, piano Height Advantage Music from the Heart Roger Davidson Quartet featuring Hendrik Meurkens Soundbrush Records The common factor in these two recordings is, of course, chromatic harmonicist Hendrik Meurkens. According to publicity accompanying “Cabin in the Sky,’ Meurkens and Cunliffe had long planned to get[…]

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August 16, 2018

Jeru’s Journey The Life and Music of Gerry Mulligan By Sanford Josephson Hal Leonard Books, pp.213 © 2018 Paperback Jeru’s Journey is the first definitive biography of Gerry Mulligan. Most jazz fans likely know him as an outstanding baritone saxophone player but he was much more than that — arranger, composer and even a sometime[…]

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August 6, 2018

Born September 14, 1914 Died July 29, 2018 Jazz Pensacola members, especially native Pensacolians, will likely remember our longtime member Mac Miller. He was owner of radio station WCOA for many years and was active in the community. It was only when I read his obituary that I learned that he was involved in building[…]

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August 2, 2018

Erroll Garner — Night Concert Tom Hook — 62 Ah, the joys of a record reviewer! Two recordings were recently received featuring pianists. The first was a live recording of Erroll Garner’s trio from Amsterdam, Nov. 7, 1964. The second one was of pianist/vocalist Tom Hook, a current recording commemorating Hook’s 62nd anniversary of his[…]

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July 21, 2018

The New York Times of July 17, 2018 carried a story about Les Lieber’s death at 106. He was a New York advertising executive and a saxophonist. Since he missed the opportunity to play with a group, in 1965 he organized the Jazz At Noon series. The format was that Lieber would invite some serious[…]

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July 12, 2018

Trombonist Bill Watrous has just died. My first notification was on Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides blog on Arts Journal website. Today’s New York Times (7-12-18) has an extensive column about him and, no doubt, the jazz journals will also. My purpose here is a personal remembrance of this charming man and wonderful musician. Here’s what I[…]

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