Monday was the anniversary of Alfred Lion's death in 1987. The founder of Blue Note - the greatest jazz label of all time - Lion produced some nine hundred records, including Thelonious Monk's first recordings.
Chris Botti: The trumpet doesn't care about the national anthem or anything, it's just going to beat you down every day. So you need to practice it hours and hours and hours a day; otherwise it will take control of you rather quickly.
Is it called "Organ Monk" because the guy at the Hammond C3 is wearing a monk's habit? Or because the band presented a program of all Thelonius Monk tunes at the JJA Awards at the Blue Note? It's a little of both.
Many times God will bring out new colors when we experience the blues of a storm -- we must allow, the tears of God to beat across the canvas of our soul and God will paint a new picture in our spirit.
I was thrilled to learn that Six Degrees Records is releasing the stunning collaboration between Malian kora master Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal. Ten of the best songs to be released in January, all on the same record.
Going to see Brubeck's late show at the Blue Note on a Saturday night feels, in 2010, almost as improbable as going to the ballpark to catch Mickey Mantle, or attending a lecture by Alexander Hamilton.