Muscle Shoals Documentary

I watched this documentary a while ago, but today I had some downtime and watched it again. Wow, what a story. The great thing about our country is how different things can be in various parts. There are still pockets where the sound and feel of the music is different, but it is fading. We ...

Soundgarden

I used to work at several record stores. Back in 1989 or 1990 when I was in DC, I got a cassette from a coworker that he labeled “soothing tunes of doom\'” I still have it. It had bands like Cannibal Corpse, Death, Prong, Slayer and Soundgarden. One song on the tape he said held ...

Elvin Jones

I’m sorry. I’ve slept on Elvin for decades.   As an older and wiser musician who plays differently than I used to 30 years ago, I am getting a better understanding of this legend.   I never got into his playing because I always thought he was sloppy and I never dug his solos.   ...

The Get Fresh Crew

We started our day by checking out the very beginning of Bronx Week. Unfortunately, very few people were there at 10:30 in the morning. We left and stopped in midtown, then went to Prospect Park in Brooklyn, then late, came up to Harlem and then rode back to 205th street in da Bronx. We tried ...

Lucille Lortell Awards Show

  I’m playing in the band for this awards show tonight. It’s my second year doing it. It’s quite an experience learning a bunch of short cues. It’s also mildly stressful being ready to play the winning tune of a show that you have no clue as to what it will be. It’s not the ...