Jazz music got me through college. It was impossible for me to study in silence, but music with lyrics distracted me. Inspired by the cover of “God Bless the Child” by Blood Sweat and Tears which included a lot of jazz, I looked into the category. Dave Brubeck and his classic, “Take Five” quickly got my attention. My jazz collection continued to grow. Almost forty years later now, I still love jazz and have included various fusions of the genre in my library. Join me as I write about what I hear and see if it can get me “Jazzed Up!”
Articles in this feature
Jun 12, 2011
Under a Painted Sky Judy Wexler
The follow-up to the highly acclaimed Dreams & Shadows leaves us disappointed.
Jun 07, 2011
Mi Bossa Nova Carmen Cuesta
Carmen Cuesta celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Bossa Nova with a tribute to Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Jun 04, 2011
Monterey Jazz Festival 2011
Get read for the 54th Monterey Jazz Festival!
May 24, 2011
Bob Dylan Turns 70
It’s hard to image music without Bob Dylan. How long with the “Never Ending Tour” last?
May 13, 2011
Women Who Rock! New Exhibit at the R & R Hall of Fame
What glass ceiling? I love rock and roll and so does G - L - O - R - I - A !!
Apr 18, 2011
Brian Setzer - Setzer Goes Instru--MENTAL
Setzer’s rolls a “seven” with his seventh solo album — a winner by anyone’s standards!
Apr 17, 2011
Cow Bop - Too Hick for the Room
Not a comdey album. These guys (and gal) are great! The best in cowboy jazz.
Mar 20, 2011
Wahid - Inside Silence
Would you attend a concert put on by a duo playing tympani and harp?
Mar 16, 2011
Original Jazz Classics Remasters from Concord
"...timeless music in the common language of jazz." — Doug Ramsey
Mar 15, 2011
Al Di Meola: Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody
Described as having been “years in the making,” Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody will satisfy Di Meola’s fan base and impress newcomers to the fold.
Feb 22, 2011
Maggie Herron In The Wings
Jazz vocalist and pianist, Maggie Herron, makes her national debut in style. Don’t miss it!
Feb 05, 2011
Convergence — Lynne Arriale's Latest Release
Jazz purists will be pleased and those new to the genre will appreciate the message of Lynne Arriale’s eleventh project.
Feb 05, 2011
Into the Ojala Tom Moon and the Moon Hotel Lounge Project
“I imagined this music as easygoing, nicely textured, low-impact. Something that could stir the memory of soft breeze on a beach, or the lover left behind two airports ago.” — Tom Moon
Jan 16, 2011
Louisiana Swamp Stomp
Toe-tapping sampler of Cajun, Chicago, and New Orleans blues and zydeco — and it’s all for healthy brains.
Jan 15, 2011
"Your Pictures Have Soul"
Journey for jazz across America in 1960.
Jan 10, 2011
Jazz Review: Matt Panayides Tapestries of Song
Contemporary jazz with strong traditional influences herald the debut recording of “exploratory” guitarist/composer Matt Panayides.
Jan 09, 2011
Audio Review: Only Love
Just what is a “harmonic abstractionist?” Is that the PC way to refer to “discordant noise?”
Jan 04, 2011
Luther Hughes and the Cannonball Coltrane Project: Things Are Getting Better
Not your average white (jazz) band.
Jan 02, 2011
James Moody — Jazz Legend Remembered
Remembering jazz legend James Moody, singer, flautist, saxophonist.
Jan 02, 2011
Music Review: Mac Gollehon - Mac Straight Ahead
A brilliant tour de force for virtuoso trumpet man, Mac Gollehon.