BlueNotes

For years public radio has been home for diverse music in America.  We all have that one song, one band, one moment that transports us to another time or place.  Public radio has always taken creative risks by giving voice to new and emerging artists.  And it has long been the champion of America's cultural heritage - Jazz.

The BlueNotes blog is the place for you to rekindle your passion for music.  Jazz, blues, AAA, folk, world...it's all here at Syracuse Public Media WAER.

 

Every year, April represents a month of awareness and appreciation. It is Autism Awareness Month, National Poetry Month, Child Abuse Prevention Month, Public Radio Music Month, just to name a few. While in the midst of all the events and observances taking place during this busy time of year, be sure to embrace one annual celebration that is centered around slowing down and letting loose: the observance of Jazz Appreciation Month.

In Part 2 of my interview with the legendary pianist, composer and singer Bob Dorough, we touch on a variety of topics including Bob's feelings about the term "vocalese", his friendship with Miles Davis and a certain number that falls between 2 and 4.

They filtered into the tidy gallery inside the pretty, refurbished 100-year-old former warehouse  on Syracuse's west side Friday night, stopping to look long, hard, and with much appreciation at the new exhibit set up on two walls.

In a career that has spanned seven decades, pianist, singer and composer Bob Dorough has maintained his carefree approach and wonderful sense of humor. At the age 0f 90, he recently released a new album titled Eulalia.  In Part 1 of this episode of Jazz Journeys, we explore the mind and the world of the man who gave us Schoolhouse Rock, Mr. Bob Dorough.

This week, we'll head down to New Orleans and get a taste of Mardi Gras 2014 with some of the artists and songs that have helped make this event become an international celebration.

On this week's episode, we learn a little bit about one of the rising young stars in the music industry...Sherma Andrews as she prepares to perform in Syracuse this coming Sunday February 16th at the Sheraton Syracuse University.  Sherma is the latest guest on my "Take Ten" segment where you'll learn a variety of interesting tidbits including who she would want to take a cross country drive with...hint hint...he's the leader of the free world.  Enjoy!

This week, we venture down to midtown Manhattan to the place known as "The Jazz Corner Of The World." A jazz club that has hosted the best of the best since it opened in 1949.  Come join me as we explore the wonderful world of Birdland.

From the birthdays of Jimmy Cobb, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Benny Golson to a historic recording from Lady Day as well as a significant 1965 recording from the Miles Davis quintet, this episode of Jazz Journeys takes you on an excursion through some of the people and events that shaped this week in jazz history.

Over the years, there have been a number of motion pictures that have used jazz as either a main or underlying theme.  On this week's episode of Jazz Journeys, I'll touch on two such examples.

The jazz world lost a number of legendary musicians in 2013.  In this episode of Jazz Journeys, we remember a few who left an indelible mark on their craft.

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