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World AIDS Day 2012

World AIDS Day 2012

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Happy Birthday Carmen Lundy!

Happy Birthday Carmen Lundy!

Happy Birthday to singer/songwriter/musician/artist Carmen Lundy!

CBS Bay Sunday – James Knox – Photographer/Jazz Blogger

Here is my CBS Bay Sunday segment on my photographing and blogging about the Bay Area jazz scene. It was originally taped on 07/30/2011. Hope you enjoy it. I had a great time. Big thanks to Akilah Bolden Monifa for inviting on the show.

R.I.P. Don Cornelius

R.I.P. Don Cornelius

As a child of the 70’s, Soul Train was very much a part of my childhood. I can remember running home from school to watch Soul Train on our black and white TV in the kitchen on WCIU-TV Chicago in its beginnings. It was very much a part of my Saturdays once it moved to […]

Rest In Peace, Miss Etta James

Rest In Peace, Miss Etta James

I took this photo of Etta James on very warm Sunday afternoon in September at the Russian River Jazz Festival in 2006. She was serving up her music hot and pulled no punches. This is how I will remember her. Two of my favorite Etta James releases were from the mid 90’s. She did an […]

Healthcare Benefit for Dayna Stephens – All-Star Musicians’ Tribute Monday July 4 @ Yoshi’s SF

Healthcare Benefit for Dayna Stephens – All-Star Musicians’ Tribute Monday July 4 at Yoshi’s San Francisco Many of you know saxophonist Dayna Stephens as a popular face in the local Jazz scene. On Monday July 4th, The All-Star Bay Area Musician’s Community is coming together to support him while he waits on a dire kidney […]

Blog Frog Award – 30 Terrific Jazz Blogs

GuideToArtSchools I am very honored to receive the Blog Frog Award and be listed in the 30 Terrific Jazz Blogs. Now onto the next blog post. 🙂 “j-notes: This blog fuses two loves: great jazz, and loving photography. Therefore, readers are in for feasts of both sight and sound when they visit, and likely get […]

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I selected “The Secret of Christmas” by Shirley Horn because I love Ms. Horn and it reminds us that the things we do on Christmas, we should do all year. Give love! Spread love! I am enjoying a quiet Christmas this year. I will be working on my […]

j-notes.com: 8 years later.

579 posts 1717 comments I think this has been one of the most challenging and exciting years since I started this blog 8 years ago. You will first notice the new blog design. Back in September, I accidentally deleted this blog. It presented me with a dilemma on whether to start all over from scratch […]

Remembering Teddy Pendergrass & Ed Thigpen

R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/15/arts/music/15pendergrass.html Soulful crooner Teddy Pendergrass was much apart of my musical landscape when I was growing up in Chicago. As explained in the article, his message was erotic without telling you everything, unlike today’s young crooner. R.I.P. Ed Thigpen – http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2010/01/ed_thigpen_remembering.html Jazz legend Ed Thigpen best for his recordings with legendary […]

Rare Feet Light Up San Francisco Nights: The Six Limbs of El Negro

Rare Feet Light Up San Francisco Nights: The Six Limbs of El Negro by Wesley Watkins http://doctorsafewes.blogspot.com/   When Eddie Palmieri, “The Sun of Latin Music”, shines his signature sound on the San Francisco Yoshi’s June 18th – 21st, show-goers will be treated to an exclusive assembly of Latin Jazz luminaries. Among them is one […]

My Funny Valentine

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, I searched my music collection and found 24 versions of the Rodgers and Hart classic gem,”My Funny Valentine” which was first featured in the Broadway musical “Babe in Arms” in 1937. Below are the versions of “My Funny Valentine” in my music collection. Notably, on the Frank Sinatra/Lorrie Morgan duet, […]

j-notes.com: six years later

539 entries 1706 comments The year started off with the loss of my mom, Elizabeth, to lung cancer. Not a day goes by that I do not think about her in some way. Love and miss you Mom! The photo above was taken with Nancy Wilson and Clairdee at the 51st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. […]

No longer 35-44…lol!

I was recently filling out a survey recently and noticed upon recent birthday, 2 days ago, I have now entered the 45-54 category. Goodbye to 35-44! Those were definitely some fun years but there are many fun years ahead. I had a great birthday. I worked out in the morning, rode my bike about 4-6 […]

I Remember Sky

"I Remember Sky" Composed by Stephen Sondheim Sung by Dianne Reeves From the I Remember album I remember sky It was blue as ink Or at least I think I remember sky I remember snow Soft as feathers Sharp as thumb tacks Coming down like lint And it made you squint When the wind would […]

Merry Christmas/Feliz Navidad/Joyeux Noel!

I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. My family and I are sending our biggest love to our mom! Once again, Christmas has rolled around and I still have a ton of stuff to do. My Christmas cards are spread all over the table, I […]

The Spirit of Giving – A Tribute Concert for Angela Bofill

Award-winning and platinum-selling music producer, musician and songwriter Narada Michael Walden will present The Spirit of Giving, a concert featuring a number of his friends and colleagues, including Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and Bonnie Hayes. Other musicians performing at The Spirit of Giving include: – R&B and dance hit singer Jeanie Tracy, who was one […]

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

Growing up in Chicago, no holiday season was complete without seeing “Hardrock, Coco, and Joe.” A couple of years ago, a friend called me to tell me that WGN-TV was showing a special on all their old children’s shows which would also include a showing of the cartoon, “Hardrock, Coco, and Joe.” I could not […]

World AIDS Day 2007

December 1, is World Aids Day. This photo is from Clinica Santa Helena. They organise a Walk against Aids. Marcha contra a Aids, 1º de Dezembro. Keep… loving believing in yourself praying caring dreaming loving yourself hoping working being yourself fighting loving helping trusting sharing being creative right on living.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves (french lyrics by jacques prvert, English lyrics by johnny mercer, Music by joseph kosma) The falling leaves drift by the window The autumn leaves of red and gold I see your lips, the summer kisses The sun-burned hands I used to hold Since you went away the days grow long And soon Ill […]

j-notes.com: five years later

Update 11/19/2007: I guess you thought I ran away and joined the circus by now. I am still there. Today, I am in Chicago visiting my mom. It has been an incredible year for me. I could not have imagined such a great adventure five years ago when I started this website as a spot […]

Free Outdoor Movie Series Concludes with Screening of “Babe” on October 20

NEWS FROM: City of Oakland Cultural Arts & Marketing Division, Office of the City Administrator FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 4, 2007 Media Contact: Harry Hamilton (510) 238-2107 Free Outdoor Movie Series Concludes with Screening of “Babe” on October 20 Popular Old Oakland Event Ends Season with Family Comedy OAKLAND, Calif. (October 4, 2007) – The […]

Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church

Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, originally uploaded by in2jazz. Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church – 2401 S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago "This church houses Chicago’s oldest African-American congregation, which traces its origins back to 1844, when seven individuals formed a nondenominational prayer group that met in the house of one of its members. In 1847, the […]

Capturing The Moment Photo Exhibit Extended thru 09/06

“You don’t want to miss this wonderful photography exhibit by one of the Bay Areas best culture critics.” – Wanda Ali Batin Sabir I am very pleased to announce that my photo exhibit, Capturing The Moment, has been extended thru Thursday, September 6. I am very honored and blessed. It has been a great run. […]