Book Review: 'Girl Singer,' Mick Carlon
Girl Singer By Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press © 2015 pp. 164 paperback This is the third novel in the jazzseries for juveniles. The reader follows a 19 year old African-American girl singer.In this fictional account, she meets real-life characters such as bandleader William “Count” Basie, Lester ” Pres” Young, drummer Jo Jones vocalists Billie Holiday … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Girl Singer,’ Mick Carlon"...
CD Review: 'Soulfully Yours,' Anders Bergcrantz
Anders Bergcrantz: Soulfully Yours Vanguard Music Boulevard Malmo, Sweden www.vanguardmusicboulevard.com Anders Bergcrantz is a prize-winning Swedishtrumpeter/composer. He has just released this recording of seven compositions, six of which are his originals and the seventh is composition of his wife, an internationally acclaimed composer, Anna-Lena Laurin. There are varying personnel on these seven numbers, some with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Soulfully Yours,’ Anders Bergcrantz"...
CD Review: 'This and That,' Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky
Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky: This and That Arbors Records: ARCD 19455 Recorded April 25-27, 2016 Munich, Germany Here’s a professionally performed CD—just vocal and piano with 15 tunes by Gershwin, Ellington, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and others. What makes it special is the pairing of Rebecca Kilgore with German pianist Bernd Lhotzky. Many readers … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘This and That,’ Rebecca Kilgore and Bernd Lhotzky"...
The President Blows His Horn – A Few March Notes from Roger
Pensacola’s jazz scene is definitely heating up as we move into March. I hope to see you at Jazz Jam 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, at Horizen Restaurant in Pensacola. Come enjoy the fun evening of spontaneous collaboration. And don’t miss the Student Jazz Competition. Finals are 7 p.m. Friday, March 17, at the Ashmore … Continue reading "The President Blows His Horn – A Few March Notes from Roger"...
The President Blows His Horn – A Few Notes from Roger
Early in January, I had some great jazz fun attending the Annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference – this time in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. Each year, thousands of educators, students, musicians and jazz fans get together in a major conference hotel for four days of morning-to-late-night clinics, presentations and performances. This year … Continue reading "The President Blows His Horn – A Few Notes from Roger"...
Book Review: 'Pressed for All Time' by Michael Jarrett
PRESSED FOR ALL TIME: Producing the Great Jazz Albums From Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday To Miles Davis and Diana Krall ©Michael Jarrett, 2016 University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill pp. 303 with index Michael Jarrett is a published author and jazz authority as well as an English professor at Pennsylvania State University at York, Pa. … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Pressed for All Time’ by Michael Jarrett"...
Book Review: 'King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue'
KING OF JAZZ: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue By James Layton and David Pierce Media History Press 1725 Grand View Ave. Severn, MD 21144 ©2016, pp. 303 This elegant book, 8 ¾ x 11”, comes at a time when the 1930 early Technicolor movie about Paul Whiteman and his band is undergoing a revival. The authors … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman’s Technicolor Revue’"...
Southeast Tourism Society Selects JazzFest as a Top 20 Event
The Southeast Tourism Society has named JazzFest one of the STS Top 20 Event in the Southeast for April of 2017. This year’s JazzFest is April 1-2. The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them … Continue reading "Southeast Tourism Society Selects JazzFest as a Top 20 Event"...
Book Review: 'Travels with Louis' by Mick Carlon
Travels with Louis By Mick Carlon Leapfrog Press LLC © 2012 pp.245, paperback, 5”X7½” This is the second book of its kind by author Mick Carlon. His previous book, Riding on Duke’s Train was about a young African-American boy who is befriended by Duke Ellington and is invited on tour. This book has a similar … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Travels with Louis’ by Mick Carlon"...
Book Review: 'Love for Sale: Pop Music in America' by David Hajdu
LOVE FOR SALE: Pop Music in America David Hajdu Farrar, Strauss and Giroux ©2016 pp. 307 with end notes and index Author of this book, David Hajdu, is a professor of journalism at Columbia University. He’s music critic for The Nation as well as a songwriter and librettist. His biography of Billy Strayhorn, Lush Life … Continue reading "Book Review: ‘Love for Sale: Pop Music in America’ by David Hajdu"...
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