Food For Thought

December 2, 2019

“It’s A Great Day in Harlem,” a black and white photograph by Art Kane taken in 1958, is a national treasure.   It’s also the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary in 1994 and the children’s book Jazz Day: The Making of A Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill and...

October 13, 2019

Satchmo, Dodo, Pharaoh, Philly Joe,

Chico, Django, Dolo, Hi De Ho.

Snakehips, Hot Lips, Jeru ‘n Chu,

Eubie, Baby, Chubby, Tubby and Bu.

Plenty Kings, Queen just one, deuce of Jacks,

Gardens of Buds, pair of Boots and Sax.

Duke, Count, Baron, and Papa Jo, 

A palette of Reds, R...

August 18, 2019

I am only one. But still I am one.

I cannot do everything.  But still I can do something.

And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something I can do. 

(Edward Everett Hale) 

May 23, 2019

It was a great day meeting new people and selling books with author Shannon Kaprive (Something So Real), publisher Lydia Inglett and her trusty assistant Alex.  Although it was hot,we were under a tent and Jolyon (Lydia's husband), our hero, kept us hydrated with fresh...

April 1, 2019

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (with the ever-so-appropriate nickname, JAM) and there are so many ways to celebrate. 

Here’s just a few:  Read a jazz biography or history. Rent a movie about jazz – there are some good ones that come very close to reality and there are...

March 23, 2019

Like the mythical Zeus, Greek god of the skies, drummer Winard Harper creates his own thunder and lightning.  Seated behind a set of drums he controls the weather, clashing with his cymbals, then reaching with his whole body to silence them.  And they obey.  There seem...

February 28, 2019

Jalen Baker – remember that name.  Jalen is a young vibraphonist, he’s in fact still in school earning his master’s in music at Florida State University.  He is also out and about gigging.  I caught him at The Jazz Corner in February with the Ulysses Owens, Jr. Quartet...

January 23, 2019

I’m excited to be writing something for my dear friend Gloria and her new website! We have something in common and that’s we both love the vibraphone.  I’ve been playing it for about 40 plus years now and have my dedicated my life to it. I’ve practiced most days during...

January 21, 2019

The first annual Jazz Vibes Showcase at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina went off like fireworks on the Fourth of July.  Forget that it was January and the weather was spring-like.  Rich Speer, my co-producer, and I expected four vibes players that Sunday afternoon....

January 20, 2019

When jazz club doors close, sometimes other doors open.  There’s a literal cottage industry cropping up, as people are opening their homes to fellow jazz lovers, charging a fee to pay musicians to perform and serving refreshments in a cozy atmosphere.  If there is such...

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