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
Dec 31, 2010
Music Review: Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughn In Session
The last known recording of Albert King and Stevie Ray Vaughn performing together. Now available on CD and DVD.
Dec 25, 2010
DVD Review: America’s Music Legacy - DIxieland Jazz
Musical legends performing songs that attract the whole world.
Dec 23, 2010
Christmas Memories of Cool Jazzman Mel Torme
A true “hep cat” jazz man that blazed a trail for the Manhattan Transfer and other jazz vocal groups.
Dec 22, 2010
Book Review: The Blue Note Years — The Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff by Michael Cuscuna
“Frank [Wolff] was never in the way. You weren’t aware that he was taking pictures. They were never posed shots. He was a part of the very inspirational environment [at Blue Note].” — Herbie Hancock
Dec 17, 2010
Book Review: Stereotypes in Black Music: The African-American Crossover Compromise by Alan Kurtz
Find out what Biggie Smalls had in common with Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince.
Dec 12, 2010
Music Review: Toph-E & The Pussycats - Live in Detroit
Legendary performance recorded live on September 5, 2004 at the Detroit International Jazz Festival.
Dec 06, 2010
Music Review: Dave Brubeck — The Definitive Dave Brubeck on Fantasy, Concord Jazz, and Telarc
“Dave opened with the classic “Take the ‘A’ Train” — and the room came alive. The Soviets and the Americans suddenly realized that they had something in common.” — Russell Gloyd
Dec 05, 2010
Remembering Leroy Anderson
One of America’s best known and most liked composers whose name we can never seem to remember.
Dec 04, 2010
Eastwood Film on Brubeck Premieres Monday, December 6, 2010
Eastwood’s biopic of Dave Brubeck to premiere on the legendary jazz pianist’s 90th birthday.
Dec 03, 2010
DVD Review: America’s Music Legacy - Blues, Soul, Folk
Some of the best from some of the best — American music is well represented here.
Nov 28, 2010
Book Review: How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond by John Powell
The premise here is that you can tell time and now you want to know how the watch works.
Nov 28, 2010
Jeff Beck Honors Les Paul — An Unforgettable Tribute Concert to the Legendary Guitarist
Jeff Beck’s tribute to Les Paul (PBS) features blistering guitar solos, emotional vocals and enthusiastic performances by all-star guests.
Nov 21, 2010
Music Review: Swing Time
"At heart I've always been a jazz man." — James Brown
Oct 24, 2010
Music Review: Toph-E & The Pussycats - No Ordinary Day
A healthy dose of rhythm and blues mixed with uptempo, improvisational jazz gives you “R & Bebop” — courtesy of Toph-E & The Pussycats
Oct 12, 2010
Music Review: Jeremy Siskind - Simple Songs
A bright new star not only shines, but reminds us that piano jazz is alive and well!
Oct 10, 2010
Music Review: The Jazz Passengers - Reunited
Maybe if I was more familiar with their previous work this would have been more enjoyable.
Oct 06, 2010
Music Review: Dan Berg and The Gestalt - Manifesto
A fusion of art, visceral and cerebral, popular and esoteric.