My Top Ten list of the year has very little, if any connection, with what people who still pay attention to the hipster music scene and read the Billboard charts would consider the best records of the year. And to be honest, I don't give a crap.
Judy Garland said it best a long time ago: "I remember the first time I heard Tony sing on a record years ago. I thought, That sound! He isn't copying anyone! His sound gets into your ear and into your heart."
It's a week of reunions. Everyone wants to sing with Tony Bennett, the Jayhawks want one more shot at the Americana brass ring, and the superstars in SuperHeavy want nothing less than global domination.
In her mid-80s, Barbara Carroll's still doing what she does best and what few others even begin to do as well as. Nowadays she does it more regularly at the Oak Room, where management is wise enough to turn the paneled room over to her every Sunday brunch.
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.