Schuller was instrumental in developing the genre of "third stream", a co-mingling of jazz and classical. He stated "I don't care what category music belongs to; I only care whether it is good or bad."
As an early discoverer of Umbria Jazz, where I found myself upon the insistence of my Italian friends already in 1976, it was an immense joy to witness the celebration of its 40th anniversary, ending on Sunday, July 14.
The other day, a guitarist friend shared the philosophy that guides his music collection.
He still buys CDs, but only those titles he knows he will return to often -- music he's studying, his all-time favorite albums, etc.
Tap, that most American of dance forms, will be celebrated in New York City this summer at Tap City, July 6-13, with awards, showcases, presentations and 300 tapping feet in a blow out extravaganza right in the middle of Times Square!
Anyone who knows about Fort Greene knows that it has undergone miles of evolution during the past few decades. On Jay-Z's debut album Reasonable Doubt, he raps with Biggie about the 'hood as a drug sales hotspot.
After years of U.S. Treasury Department travel restrictions, Cuba has taken on an air of mystery. Our 45-minute charter-flight from Miami and the bus ride into Havana make us feel like astronauts of a sort, touching down for nine days in a parallel world.
Last Friday night I stopped by Grape & Vine the restaurant/lounge in The Jade Hotel. The joint was jumpin' and packed. Why? The incredibly talented and dapper jazz musician Brian Newman was kicking off The Red Room Revue.