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  • Daily Doses: “How I’m gon’ be mad at a kid with freckles?”

    Posted on June 15th, 2009

    I had the good fortune to work with the middle school band at a Kindergarten through 12th grade school on the lower east side of Manhattan imaginatively named "New Explorations into Science, Technology and Math".   Keep reading »

  • Daily Doses ... (part 2)

    Posted on June 11th, 2009

    These are some of the things I love most about writing a serious and involved piece of music.   Keep reading »

  • Daily Doses… (part 1)

    Posted on June 11th, 2009

    This morning author Stanley Crouch addressed the staff of Jazz at Lincoln Center.  He spoke about the specifics of the art of jazz and the importance of human substance in a technological age.   Keep reading »

  • On receiving an honorary doctorate at Harvard University

    Posted on June 4th, 2009

    With nine extraordinary candidates whose diversity of achievement extend from an original vision of life expressed in film to the expression of law as a primary manifestation of integrity to a diverse and poignant literary style which highlights integrity through the expiration of moral and cultural decline to the engineering of human organs to insightful interpretations of our collective human mythology to what it actually means to mother.   Keep reading »

  • Root grooves

    Posted on May 27th, 2009

    For the last 8 days Jeff "The Jedi Master" Jones and I have mixed a DVD/CD of our quintet performing the music of Ray Charles with blues harmonica specialist Mickey Raphael, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.   Keep reading »

  • Live where you live

    Posted on May 18th, 2009

    Engineer, producer, sound doctor extraordinaire Jeff “The Jedi Master” Jones and I were up ‘till 4 in the morning mixing the DVD and CD of the concert we did with Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.   Keep reading »

  • Swinging with kids at Essentially Ellington 2009

    Posted on May 11th, 2009

    Essentially Ellington is always the highlight of my year. 15 Big Bands of youngsters from all over the country swinging. The kids this year were very socially conscious and the level of musicianship extremely high.   Keep reading »

  • Recording session with Ken Burns

    Posted on May 6th, 2009

    There was everything from hymns to traditional new orleans music to new original compositions to salvation army style brass chorales to Stephen Foster songs.   Keep reading »

  • The New Orleans Suite and the cats (2nd day in NOLA)

    Posted on April 26th, 2009

    We played the New Orleans suite of Duke Ellington yesterday. The jazz tent was full and people were touched by the elegance , insight and depth of duke's vision. There were so many highlights.   Keep reading »

  • Congo Square and jam sessions (first day in NOLA)

    Posted on April 25th, 2009

    We performed Congo Square in the hot hot sun. 2hrs and 20 minutes straight through. The cats were playing with intensity and Odadaa was inspired and bedecked in traditional ghanian garb.   Keep reading »