Tag Archives: Jazz

Maria Schneider – Jazz Composer

   Maria Schneider is a jazz composer from Minnesota, whose Grammy-winning compositions for jazz orchestra are beautiful. It’s a rare form. Walking By Flashlight She grew up on a farm. She worked with Gil Evans and Bob Brookmeyer. She’s collaborated … Continue reading

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No Regrets — Ernie Andrews

   I love his voice. It’s both smooth and gravelly. I love his spirit – playful, romantic, and cool. He’s the perfect front man, projecting and controlling the energy. He’s fun and is working all the angles. When They Ask … Continue reading

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Love is all you need.

   Sunny or cloudy, it’s Spring. Whether we can see it or not, there’s always moonlight. And, somewhere in the background, there’s music. I hope these tunes can help bring forth not only the upcoming flowers of May, but also … Continue reading

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You and the Night and the Music

   Within those grooves, jazziness and corny expression existed in an unlikely balance. It was created by a powerful, swinging, yet restrained, collection of musicians. The pictures show a bunch of guys lined up with shiny instruments, in tuxedos. Elegant … Continue reading

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For Kids From One To Ninety-Two.

I’ve still got the spirit. And I know it’s going to last.    Louise   Ray Charles    Walkin’ One and Only   Dan Hicks    Don’t Be Cruel   Elvis Presley    Wild Honey   The Beach Boys    Get Up Offa … Continue reading

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Who Needs Presents?

   It’s snowing, it’s cold, and in a lot of ways it’s frightful, but inside it’s so delightful. The tree is up, the fire is going, the wrapping paper is ready for action, and the tunes are on the box. … Continue reading

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Rock of Ages — Hymns For All

   Onward, Christian Soldiers  Arthur Sullivan (of G & S fame)As a schoolboy, I attended chapel every day and each day there were hymns. It wasn’t a religious school, but they placed some kind of unspoken value on it by … Continue reading

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