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  • The making of Blues Symphony

    Posted on May 21st, 2021

    When we were working on All Rise in 1999, Jonathan Kelly came to my house as a young kid to pick up music. He said he was a bass player. We were working on All Rise and copyists all over New York were being worn out.   Keep reading »

  • Ellis Marsalis playing “In The Afterglow”

    Posted on April 1st, 2021

    It’s been a year since our father passed. This morning my brother Jason sent this clip of him remembering a ballad I wrote waaay back in 1985 (when I was 24). It was my first attempt to write something with a sophisticated chord progression and melody.   Keep reading »

  • Think Of One: I remember that time like it was yesterday, although it was almost 40 years ago

    Posted on March 11th, 2021

    I remember that time like it was yesterday, although it was almost 40 years ago. As a band we were trying to come out with our own way of playing without forsaking the substance of the fundamentals of actual jazz music that we could understand at that time.   Keep reading »

  • Christine Reed did so much to help me negotiate through very tough situations in my early days

    Posted on February 25th, 2021

    I want to thank so many of my friends and collegues for responding to yesterdays post. I know and remember so many of my collegues and friends for so many years and spent so many hours hearing them and loving their playing. It’s been a deep deep blessing.   Keep reading »

  • Raymond Leppard affirmed me in the same way Sweets Edison always did in those years

    Posted on February 24th, 2021

    We were supposed to record in what was then Czechoslovakia. The session had to be changed after one day of rehearsing (a long story…). Thankfully, Christine Reed, the Vice President of A&R for CBS Masterworks, was with us and for us.   Keep reading »

  • Remembering Chick Corea

    Posted on February 12th, 2021

    Chick at Marciac 2019 at 2:45am, after playing his own 1-1/2 hour set and sitting through our 1-1/2, agrees to come up on the bandstand and play with us, says he would rather accompany than solo,   Keep reading »

  • Sloganize, Patronize, Realize, Revolutionize

    Posted on January 8th, 2021

    (Black Lives Matters) — a slogan and sentiment that has dominated the airwaves and the social space. Its intention is very clear but the facts of it all remain shrouded in mystery.   Keep reading »

  • Zuza

    Posted on October 5th, 2020

    A giant in the world of jazz has gone on down the Good King’s Highway. Zuza Homem de Mello (original name: José Eduardo Homem de Mello), was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1933.   Keep reading »

  • Crouch

    Posted on September 18th, 2020

    Reading various articles, social posts, and obituaries that have appeared over the past 24-hours about Stanley Crouch’s passing, I’ve had to laugh out loud at some of them because, as the Bible says, “Death doesn’t get the last word” and neither does Stanley.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton’s Top Ten: Heroic Cultural Moments

    Posted on August 18th, 2020

    Wynton Marsalis breaks down his top ten cultural moments with a monthly listicle. This month, Wynton shares his top ten heroic cultural moments from Walk Whitman to Marvin Gaye.   Keep reading »