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"...
Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff's 'Bop Apocalypse'
Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats & Drugs By Martin Torgoff Da Capo Press ©2016, pp. 393 with bibliography and end notes Martin Torgoff—journalist, author and film-maker—has taken a unique point of view in this book. He has covered the use of recreational and hence illegal drugs in the U. S. since the 1920s until … Continue reading "Book Review, Interview: Martin Torgoff’s ‘Bop Apocalypse’"...
CD Review: 'Ain't That Right!' by Adrian Cunningham
ADRIAN CUNNINGHAM Ain’t That Right! The Music of Neal Hefti Arbors Records © 2014 There’s a saying, “Any book is new until you’ve read it.” This could apply to recordings as well. Here’s a CD from 2014 from Arbors Records featuring multi-instrumentalist Adrian Cunningham playing the music of Neal Hefti. It’s a small-group recording with … Continue reading "CD Review: ‘Ain’t That Right!’ by Adrian Cunningham"...
Donate to Jazz Pensacola online
Jazz Pensacola conducts two main projects that depend heavily on special donations from the membership. We invite you to help support Pensacola JazzFest as a JazzFest VIP Donor and our Jazz Education Program and Student Jazz Competition as a Jazz Education Team Supporter, also known as JETS. Donations now can be made directly on this … Continue reading "Donate to Jazz Pensacola online"...
Jazz Pensacola membership dues to increase
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The Jazz Pensacola Board of Directors announces a slight increase in membership dues, effective Jan. 1, 2017. The new membership dues: $60, per couple; $40, per individual. You can renew by sending a check to Jazz Pensacola, 3 West Garden St., Suite 418, Pensacola, FL 32502-5633, or renew here on the site to … Continue reading "Jazz Pensacola membership dues to increase"...
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