It’s a great time for a book about some little-known corners of bassist Scott LaFaro's life and influences in his tragically short 25 years, because while many in jazz’s old guard have had a lot of time to give us wonderful interviews throughout the decades in magazines, on blogs and in books, LaFaro has very... Continue Reading →
A Velvet Touch with a Glimmering Horn: Jimmy Leach Sings Chet Baker
Inspired by the songs of the great Chet Baker, Oklahoma-based trumpet player and vocalist Jimmy Leach has reimagined some classic tunes (Jimmy Burke’s “It’s Always You” or “The Thrill is Gone” by Lew Brown) and added his own flair. Leach, who has played the Star-Spangled Banner at two Red Sox games in Fenway Park, performed... Continue Reading →
A Fountain of Lights: Robin Phillips with Color and Shine
They say energy is neither created nor destroyed. These people never saw Robin Phillips perform. The creation of a tornado’s worth of musical force is one of the natural wonders of the scene, a treat to all who are lucky to be exposed to this multi-dimensional musician and his amazing band members. A few of... Continue Reading →
The Grooves are Locked
Channeling Chet yet with his own smooth and sexy sound, LA-based guitarist/vocalist Dean Grech wants to bring jazz to people who have shied away from it. After all, the biggest cartoon of all time, Peanuts, was scored by the genius jazz artist Vince Guaraldi. Recently, Dean’s had some of his beloved guitars stolen, but proves... Continue Reading →
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