Friday, October 31, 2008

"I hope for peace and sanity — it's the same thing." - Studs Turkel

Studs Turklel has passed.

I have read several of Turkel's books including: "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do", "Race: What Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About The American Obsession" and "Giants of Jazz".  I have been greatly affected by both his writing and his contributions to Chicago radio.  His observations were invaluable to my beginning to understand a bit about the human condition.  I will miss hearing his voice. 

"Take it easy...but take it!"

Amen to that, Studs!

Here is a link to The Trib's story.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tenor Madness

Chris Collins at Wayne State University has put together a great program that goes through tomorrow called Tenor Madness.  Performances, Lectures etc featuring:

Chris Collins
Jerry Bergonzi
Emanuele Cisi
Francois Louis

And others.

I am no where near Detroit so for me,the best part of this whole thing is the LIVE WEBCAST!!!!

More educational institutions need to be doing things like this...
Check it out...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


These have been making the rounds.  Two videos; one very funny, one very curious.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

While you're in a mood of giving...

Many of us have had our checkbooks and credit cards flailing lately in support of whoever we're supporting in the upcoming elections.  While we have them at hand I'd like to draw your attention to another cause that could use your help.  

Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society have a very important opportunity to record a much needed collection of Darcy's original material on New Amsterdam Records.  This sure to be magnum opus will be entitled Infernal Machines  Unfortunately, such things can be prohibitively expensive for a quartet, let alone a full steampunk big band.  Darcy is making an appeal for help.  This is a great chance for all of us to support a wonderful composer and project.

About Darcy and his music;  I first became aware of Darcy through his blog.  Truth be told it was one of the primary influences for this blog.  I had heard recordings of his music there and was really inspired by his composition.  The real tipping points for me were his performances/lectures at IAJE(RIP) this past January in Toronto.  I was absolutely floored by his music.  He is in a class with Maria and the few others that are really going places with large scale jazz composition and orchestration.  You can read my initial reactions to his performance here.

Please consider helping him out.  Here are the details...

Monday, October 6, 2008

An informed Electorate...

There are very important issues for all of us to think about regarding the upcoming election. However, there are some that don't get the same press as others.  The issues shown here are certainly important to me and may be to you also.  Please make sure you register and participate in the election in November...