The Friday Five: August 29, 2014

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a ...

A Fan’s Notes: Newport Jazz Festival 2014

Over the course of three days last week my response to the jazz is dead proclamation changed from “oh really, that’s a shame,” to “you’ve got to be kidding, music this vital will never die.” I want to say at the outset ...

A Fan’s Notes: Holiday Gift Guide 2013

I know I’m a little late with the guide this year, but there are nine days left until Christmas, which will hopefully give you enough time to pick up some of these things at a (hopefully local) store, or if need be, ...

The Friday Five: March 1, 2013

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

The Friday Five: January 25, 2013

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

10 Essential Albums for Starting a Jazz Collection

If I’ve seen it once I’ve seen it a hundred times. Someone just getting into jazz ventures online looking for some music to start with, and is instantly inundated with about 500 different choices. Everyone has their own ideas about the ...

The Friday Five: September 21, 2012

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

The Friday Five: June 8, 2012

Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have ...

Desert Island Discs With John Common

North Carolina-born, Florida-raised and currently Colorado-based singer/songwriter John Common has been writing songs since he was a teenager. Obviously, traveling the country isn’t that big a deal for him. In tandem with his band, The Blinding Flashes Of Light, Common’s ...

Soundtrack Saturday: “Scrooged”

I wasn’t going to resurrect another holiday Soundtrack Saturday post, but I couldn’t help it. A) This is such a great movie, B) It has a great soundtrack and C) I wanted an excuse to reintroduce you all to ...

Desert Island Discs with Van Hunt

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Van Hunt has been one of the music industry’s best kept secrets for almost a decade now. Starting his career writing songs for and with artists like Dionne Farris and Rahsaan Patterson, and coming into his own as an artist ...

The Weekly Mixtape: 3/4/11 (Five-Star Jazz)

The concept behind this week’s mixtape should be self-explanatory. This is a set of some of the best jazz music I’ve ever heard. The trouble with jazz, as most fans would agree, is that it’s really not something that should be ...

The Popdose Interview: Paul Shaffer

Although he’s known to many simply as the eccentric bespectacled guy who serves as the band leader for the CBS Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman, Paul Shaffer’s career has been a wide and varied one, taking him from the ...

The Popdose Interview: Mike Stern

After the rise of rock and roll, jazz, and jazz guitar especially, has carried a penumbra of snooty affectation.  If you take the time to learn how to play over “Giant Steps,” and learn four different voicings for a Bb13(#11) chord, why ...

Cratedigger: Miles Davis, “E.S.P.”

Even as a child I was intrigued by Miles Davis, much as I am today. His 1965 release, E.S.P., is the first jazz album that I can ever recall owning. It wasn’t until years later that I came ...

How Bad Can It Be?: Heaven & Hell, “The Devil You Know”

When I was in high school, back in the postpunk Silver Age, there was an unspoken hierarchy of stoners expressed in their hard-rock allegiances. The Alpha Heshers had their holy trinity of Zeppelin, Van Halen, and Hendrix; those who ...

SXSW ’09: Day Two, Starring Silvio Dante

Yesterday’s photos are online at Picasa.

AUSTIN, TX — I’m back in the press room at the Austin Convention Center filing this. There was no time this morning because I had to get downtown early for a speech my Little Steven ...

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