Peter Erskine, legendary jazz drummer, and other L.A. session musicians poured their own experiences of trying to make a living playing jazz into the work they did on La La Land’s soundtrack. Randall Roberts of the L.A. Times writes: Don’t judge, says Erskine. Asked what advice he’d give Seb, who in a defining scene is […]
The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon in 1967 with more than 100,000 people passing through the streets of San Francisco. This year marks the 50th anniversary and the whole city of San Francisco will be celebrating with outdoor music festivals, VW bus tours, and eclectic street fairs. Bob Cooper of the WSJ fills […]
“Cold Duck Time” is on the album Swiss Movement by the Les McCann trio with saxophonist Eddie Harris and trumpeter Benny Bailey. It was recorded live on June 21,1969 at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. They learned the song earlier that day. Duck is a cheap sparkling wine.
It’s hard to believe but Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band turns 50 this year. As Goldmine’s Gillian G. Gaar writes, it was the Beatles’ “most imaginative work to date.” No one had heard anything like Sgt. Pepper. Gaar writes: ON AUGUST 29, 1966, The Beatles performed in concert for what would be the last […]
Originally posted January 22, 2015. You are polishing off the final episode of Breaking Bad, ready to cry because one of the coolest series ever filmed was minutes from its end. Then comes on the finale music that would really finish you off. The perfect music to sound the closing notes for Breaking Bad was […]
At The Guardian, Rory Carroll highlights the divergent views between old and young in San Francisco. The young seem to believe the feeling of the “Summer of Love” still resonates in the city. Meanwhile those who have lived there longer see a different city than they remember. Gentrification and loads of tech industry money have […]
Love this song and the chords as shown here.
Originally posted August 28, 2014. What an incredible musical adventure. The new Muscle Shoals documentary tells the almost unbelievable story of a small town with a big sound. You know the magical voices of Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Cliff and Percy Sledge, but did you know that it was a group of southern white […]
Deloitte Global predicts sales of vinyl records will top $1 billion in 2017. The sales will represent 15% of all physical music sales, and 6% of all recorded music revenues. Listeners are turning against poor quality digital music in droves. A marketing event called Record Store Day has reached its tenth year, and labels are […]
Here’s a great tribute to Chuck Berry from Newport Daily News columnist Jim Gillis: You could argue that Chuck Berry, who died recently at age 90, helped invent rock ‘n’ roll. I’d throw Little Richard and Elvis in as well. Berry’s appearance at the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival was rife with controversy—a rocker crashing a […]