Why this tune? We celebrate Thanksgiving in the US this Thursday, and like so many other events this year, I expect many people will be celebrating virtually or in small groups due to the ongoing pandemic. I know my joy in the holiday is mixed with sadness about the traditions we may not be ableContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Thanksgiving With Uncle Rob”
Why this tune? I was happy to find that I share a birthday, November 21, with Coleman Hawkins, one of the pioneers of the tenor sax as a true jazz instrument. One of his most famous recordings is his revolutionary 1939 solo on Body and Soul, a 1930 ballad by Johnny Green. The NPR criticContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Body and Soul”
Why this tune? There’s certainly no shortage of news and opinions about what’s going on in the world, and it’s easier than ever to hear from many different voices from many places. That’s a mixed blessing, of course, since there’s also no shortage of nonsense mixed in with more useful information. I found one wayContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Your Mind Is On Vacation”
Why this tune? I noticed that yesterday was the birthday of the great also sax player Phil Woods. That reminded me of the first time I heard him, not on one of his many jazz recordings, but playing a solo at the end of Paul Simon’s song “Have A Good Time” from his classic 1975Continue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Have A Good Time”
Why this tune? Over the past few years, I’ve heard plenty of things on the news that made me angry. In two cases, I turned that indignation into inspiration and channeled that feeling into a song. The first was “Alternative Facts”, which I recorded on my album Making Up For Lost Time in 2018. TheContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Ain’t It The Truth”
Why this tune? When jazz musicians call out “Stella,” they’re not quoting Marlon Brando, but calling “Stella By Starlight,” a tune from a 1944 movie that has become a top 10 standard in the jazz world. It’s one of the first standards I learned to play by heart, and a regular feature at jazz jamContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Stella By Starlight”
Why this tune? We’re just past the birthday of Thelonious Monk on October 10, a reminder that it’s always a good idea to spend some time with his music. One of my favorite Monk tunes is “Ask Me Now,” a lovely ballad he first recorded in 1951. As you might expect, many other players haveContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Ask Me Now”
Why this tune? With everything that’s going on around us, I’d like to offer an optimistic song this week that I hope can provide a bit of sunlight in these stormy times. I went through a period of mild writer’s block a few years ago. After going several months without writing any new songs, myContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: When The Morning Comes”
Why this tune? Frank Loesser wrote “Never Will I Marry” for the 1960 musical “Greenwillow.” I can see why the lyrics can sound odd today – Anthony Perkins sang it as a sad ballad about his desire to break his family curse, where (thanks Wikipedia) “the eldest in each generation of Briggs men must obeyContinue reading “Tunes on Tuesday: Never Will I Marry”
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