Posts Tagged ‘jazz’

Flashback Friday – Shirley Horn – Embers and Ashes

Flashback Friday –  Shirley Horn – Embers and Ashes

Shirley Horn – vocals and piano Joe Benjamin – bass Lewis Powers – bass Harry Saunders – drums Herbie Lovelle – drums The year would not be complete without one more Flashback Friday. This album is commonly known as Embers and Ashes but its actual title is Embers and Ashes – Songs of Lost Love […]

Just a little music news…

The 11th Annual Vallejo Shoreline Jazz, Art and Wine Festival is one of the biggest and most anticipated events in the North Bay. The excitement begins on August 28th and 29th from 11:30 am- 6:30 pm Located along Vallejo’s beautiful municipal marina on Harbor Way, the Vallejo Jazz Festival, one of the Bay Area’s most […]

Flashback Friday – Shirley Horn – Travelin’ Light

I’m trav’lin’ light Because my man has gone So from now on I’m trav’lin’ light He said goodbye And took my heart away So from today I’m trav’lin’ light No one to see I’m free as the breeze No one but me And my memories Some lucky night He may come back again So until […]

Cyrus Chestnut – You Are My Sunshine

“I have been told by many about my influences: jazz, gospel, classical, rhythm and blues, etc… and have been encouraged to make recordings addressing these idioms individually. I have never been interested in making repertory driven or stereotypical recordings – it has been my choice to a take a different route.” – Cyrus Chestnut Jazz […]

Diane Schuur – Midnight

Midnight is the right time for love and good music. On her third release for Concord Records, Midnight, jazz vocalist Diane Schuur sets the mood for romance. For this album, she works with hitmaker Barry Manilow and his longtime collaborator, Eddie Arkin. The result is a beautifully crafted album of 13 songs that showcase Diane […]

Dianne Reeves – A Little Moonlight

Someone to live for Beg, steal, and die for Eat humble pie for Fly to the sun and the moon and the sky for Someone to dance with Laugh with and cry for And that someone is you… Just the words from “I’m All Smiles” sets the mood for romance but add to that Dianne […] Artist Interview – Carla Cook

Jazz vocalist Carla Cook is sensational. Her music touches your heart in a special way. I met her at the Monterey Jazz Festival and she is so cool and super nice. If you do not have her latest MAXJAZZ release, Simply Natural, run out get it along with Dem Bones and It’s All About Love. […]

Terence Blanchard Sextet @ Yoshi’s

Terence Blanchard – trumpet Aaron Parks – piano Brice Winston – tenor saxophone Massimo Biolcati – bass Lionel Loueke – guitar and vocals Rodney Green – drums Trumpeter/Composer/Leader Terence Blanchard is an innovator. He always has a fresh new groove and showcases new talent in his band. I have admired with his trumpet skills since […]

A couple of evenings with a familiar friend…

The Shirley Horn Quartet Shirley Horn – vocals George Mesterhazy – piano Ed Howard – bass Steve Williams – drums It was few minutes before Shirley came onstage. The crowd was a bit more seasoned than usual. These were the true jazz lovers filled with many stories of years of great music. I often find […]


Sometimes you see something so special, that all you can think of is the greatness of the moment. The birth of a child, falling in love, a perfect sunset, and of course, good music. I found this rare photo a while back and had been saving it for a special occasion and then I thought, […]

From the archives…

Below are my very first music reviews written in 2001. I recently found them and wanted to share them because these are both great albums. Shirley Horn – You’re My Thrill It has been written “songs are happy when Shirley sings them” and that is certainly true on You’re My Thrill. Over eight years ago, […]

Friday Flashback – Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else

The Players Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley – Alto Saxophone Miles Davis – Trumpet Hank Jones – Piano Sam Jones – Bass Art Blakey – Drums The Tracks 1. “Autumn Leaves” 2. “Love For Sale” 3. “Somethin’ Else” 4. “One For Daddy-O” 5. “Dancing In The Dark” 6. “Bangoon”* *Not on the original album. The Facts […]

Carmen McRae – Sarah – Dedicated to You

This could have easily been a Friday Flashback but it was just too good to wait for a Friday. A few months after Sarah Vaughan’s death in 1990, Carmen McRae?s recorded Sarah?Dedicated to You. I had this album on cassette until I finally found it on CD last year. Bluebird First Editions recently reissued this […]

The Best Blue Note Album in the World…Ever!

The Best Blue Note Album in the World…Ever! I found this superior compilation earlier this year while looking for the music of Stanley Turrentine on Now the title may sound a little lofty but there is definitely some fine music here from several of the great jazz legends and their contemporaries. If I were […]

Jonathan Butler – The Ultimate Butler

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Jonathan Butler has been bringing us his mellow guitar and smooth voice for over 25 years. N-Coded-Music has put together a compilation of his music entitled The Ultimate Butler. It features previously released songs during his tenure on N-Coded plus two brand new songs. Vocalist Maysa joins Jonathan on the souful remake of the […]

A Musical Journey with René Marie…

I had the pleasure of hearing singer/songwriter René Marie at the Monterey Jazz Festival last summer. She gave an outstanding performance so I knew we would be in for a treat this evening as she performed songs from her new MAXJAZZ album Live At Jazz Standard. René as wonderful stage presence and is very in […]

Flashback Friday – Cassandra Wilson “Blue Skies”

I figured since I have been featuring some heavyweight jazz this week, I would stay in the same lane for our flashback. The year was 1989. I had moved out of my parent’s house and into my first apartment. It was Labor Day weekend and I had gone to the annual Chicago Jazz Festival and […]

Patti Austin – “BeboperElla”

I admit that I am a Patti Austin groupie. My friends know this about me and will let me know, if I do not know already, when she is coming to town or has new music coming out. About 15 years ago, I met Patti for the first time. It was at the grand opening […]

Jazz Legend Nina Simone Dies…

Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina. She was one of eight children and she began playing piano at age 3. By age 6, she was regular pianist at a local Methodist church. I have always felt I have not matured enough to fully appreciate the majesty of her […]

Flashback Friday – Sarah Vaughan – “Live At Mister Kelly’s”

“Sometimes I’m happy | Sometimes I’m blue | My disposition depends on you | I never mind the rain from the skies |As long as I have the sun in your eyes | Sometimes I love you | Sometimes I hate you |When I hate you | It’s because I love you | That’s how […]

Kirk Whalum – “The Gospel According to Jazz – Chapter II”

Kirk Whalum - "The Gospel According to Jazz - Chapter II"

As promised, I ran (okay, walked!!) out to my local record store and got Kirk Whalum’s new release, “The Gospel According to Jazz – Chapter II” and I was glad that I did. I really enjoyed “The Gospel According to Jazz – Chapter I” album which was released in 1998 for it fused gospel and […]