New York's reigning jazz queen, Mrs. Phoebe Jacobs, passed away at age 93. As the torchbearer of Louis Armstrong's continuing legacy she touched innumerable lives with her love, eye for talent, dry wit, largesse, incomparable energy and photographic memory
My lesson for young people is to be willing to go out of your comfort zone and explore new territory. I never thought that at age 71 I would be creating a "crowd-sourced" music video with digital cameras that can blast images around the world in minutes. But I am.
This is not a blog about golf, although the two jazz musicians here in question will tell you their attempts to master the sport require almost as much time and energy as prepping for shows at the world's top music venues.
Last July 4, I decided to assemble a list of some notable musicians, arrangers, impresarios and singers in the world of jazz who had passed their 70th birthday. A number are still actively engaged, robustly performing in their own current endeavors.
I never would have imagined that the recent installment of the Miles Davis podcast on JazzOnline.com would set off such a firestorm of debate. But that's what happened when Henry Rollins was added to the mix.