*|MC:SUBJECT|* Welcome! Happy spring! The daffodils are singing, and the citrine leaves are unfurling! In this missive I give to you two great shows to check out, and an interview with Ed Brainerd about Chet Baker. Lastly, mark your calendars for two great spring shows. Both are at the Arts Block in Greenfield MA, part […]

It’s been a joy to nurture young people through music and to present something different to them. To see their faces light up in various instances when they recognize something or when they get something from what we are doing. It ’ s a shame that the average young person will not get a chance to experience […]

He’s a nobleman. Yeah, just a beautiful spirit, and thoughtful in so many ways: honorable and humble. This Bobby Broom quote is part of a series of inspiring Bobby Broom quotes I’ve culled from different Bobby Broom interviews. He is extraordinarily articulate on jazz education, jazz history, and jazz guitar. Bobby Broom is a superb […]

Well, I figured out that this jazz thing was it and that this was what I wanted to do. You know the power of thought is incredible. I didn’t know that, but I definitely thought a lot about what it was that I wanted to do and so I was really sending the energy of […]

I don’t know. Nothing that I can really put my finger on. That guitar hanging up on the back wall is a tenor guitar that my Godfather gave to me. I don ’ t know if that is what planted the seed. I didn’t do anything with it. I was eight and I just banged around on […]

When I hear a musician’s style, or their language, melody is paramount, whether it’s George Benson or any of the great jazz musicians. And you know when I talk to students I try to get them to think about where our impetus to melody comes from. Where do we get our information from? From our […]

I remember being in my twenties and not being sure about whether I wanted to be a jazz musician or not. But at some point during my thirties, I began to realize what an honor it would be to be a representative of the legacy of this great cultural gift and to try to carry […]

The  ’great man’ theory in jazz, to me, doesn’t work. It’s not just one guy. Duke couldn’t have done it without the members of his orchestra. It’s just that we need some kind of  ‘hero-ification,’ we have to be able to make a history, to make a story. But while it ’ s a convenient thing to […]

On one hand I am thoroughly optimistic. I saw Jon Hendricks in an airport. And we don ’ t know each other and, of course, I know who he is by face and I just walked up to him and started talking. And he was very, very, very nice and warm and talked to me like I […]

Wynton feels that the most important elements of jazz music are being ignored, and those are swing and the blues. I agree. They are not heralded today as important and necessary components of jazz music. And that ’ s due to the propagation of other characteristics as being as important ’”innovation, world beats and whatever other elements you […]