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Dave Pell (1925-2017)

Dave Pell (1925-2017)

Dave Pell, a Los Angeles tenor saxophonist who was instrumental in promoting the West Coast's contrapuntal jazz sound that emerged in the early 1950s through his leadership of his many octets and who owned one of Lester Young's two saxophones, died May 8. He was 92. Dave was a dear and remarkably upbeat and cheery friend. ...

Interview: Denny Zeitlin

Interview: Denny Zeitlin

This week, San Francisco pianist Denny Zeitlin will make one of his rare appearances in New York. Starting Wednesday, April 19, and running through Saturday, April 22, Denny will be at the Mezzrow Jazz Club at 163 W. 10th St. On the first two nights, he'll play solo. On the second two nights he'll be accompanied ...

Interview: Roger Kellaway

Interview: Roger Kellaway

On Thursday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m., pianists Roger Kellaway and Peter Beets will be appearing together as a duet at New York's Sheen Center as part of producer Pat Philips' Jazz on Bleecker Street concert series. They will be performing The Many Moods of McCartney. For more information and to buy tickets, go here. The ...

Interview: Jan Persson

Interview: Jan Persson

Back in May, I posted on a Bill Evans Trio rehearsal in Denmark in 1966 that was captured on tape for TV broadcast. In the TV studio that day was Evans on piano; Eddie Gomez on bass; Alex Riel, a Danish drummer; cameramen; and a director. There also was a photographer. His name was Jan Persson. ...

Interview: Meredith d'Ambrosio

Interview: Meredith d'Ambrosio

Yesterday I was listening to Meredith d'Ambrosio accompany herself on piano while singing Love Is a Simple Thing. The song appears on her sterling album Another Time (1981), which is one of my favorites of hers. Meredith and I have emailed for years, since she loves JazzWax and I love her voice and piano. As I ...

Future Of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae On The Value Of Universal Data Standards [INTERVIEW]

Future Of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae On The Value Of Universal Data Standards [INTERVIEW]

In this interview, the people at Songspace sat down with Future Of Music Coalition CEO Casey Rae to discuss his take on the value of data standards and transparency in streaming, and his excitement at blockchain tech's potential. Guest post by Songspace on Medium The last 15 years have been a wild ride, but the dust is finally starting to ...

Interview: Elliot Lawrence

Interview: Elliot Lawrence

I've long loved Elliot Lawrence's music. His big band recordings of the late 1940s and 1950s had superb swing and sensitivity, especially on Gerry Mulligan arrangements. The band was tight, well rehearsed and always loaded with the best musicians in the business. After my last post on Elliot back in August, singer Marlene VerPlanck sent me ...

SingFit: Music As Medicine To Treat Alzheimer's [INTERVIEW]

SingFit: Music As Medicine To Treat Alzheimer's [INTERVIEW]

In another segment of his series regarding the healing benefits of music, George Howard speaks with Andy Tubman, one of the founders of Musical Health Technologies about SingFit, a service which builds products designed to help people with Alzheimer's and ADHD use the creative power of music to their advantage. Guest post by George Howard. As ...

Interview: Randy Brecker

Interview: Randy Brecker

Randy Brecker turns 70 in November and has just released a new live album—RandyPop! (Piloo). The album features reimagined arrangements of pop songs by James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Donald Fagen. Joining Randy are Kenny Werner (p, arr), David Sanchez (ts), Amanda Brecker (v), Adam Rogers (g), John Patitucci (b) and Nate Smith (d). Randy ...

Human Curation vs. Big Algorithm: An Interview with Mixcloud's Nico Perez

Human Curation vs. Big Algorithm: An Interview with Mixcloud's Nico Perez

Much has been discussed of late regarding music streaming, but while it's typically the big players who are most often talked about, like Spotify and Apple Music, it is the dark horse, Mixcloud, that should be paid attention to, as the popularity of human curated content is once again on the rise. Guest Post by Mike Pizzo ...


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