Revisiting the year 1957 in jazz is a trip to when melodies could be hummed, when small ensembles could make grand statements with the music, and when the rhythms made us tap our feet. Bassist and leader Ben Fox’s new work, Ben’s Bop, features young artists from the New Orleans region who want to give... Continue Reading →
John Dengler and the Deer Head Inn
In an article here from 2020, I talked about the legacy of the Deer Head Inn in a small burg of northeast Pennsylvania called Delaware Water Gap. Through the doors of this restaurant/inn/gathering place for jazz have walked countless jazz musicians with many more following in their footsteps. Greats from Phil Woods (who lived just... Continue Reading →
A Literary Fugue in Three Parts – “A Jazzman’s Tale” by Annette Johnson
A Jazzman’s Tale about trumpet player Charles Freeman Lee is a heady mélange of a book that starts off with the unique perspective of a screenplay. Part one delves deeply into the gritty life of a jazz musician whose gigging takes him from the Midwest to New York and New Jersey. It segues into a... Continue Reading →
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