Author: George W. Harris

Toots Thieleman: 90 Years

Well, if nothing else, this records answers the question “when does a harmonica player lose his chops?” Judging from this collection of songs from various tours, we now know that it’s sometime AFTER 90 years old, as mega-veteran harmonica player…

Nik Bartsch’s Ronin: Live

A few years ago, I caught pianist/leader Nik Bartsch’s and his band at the Bakery. The concert was almost as intriguing visually as it was acoustically, as the band played their sets in subdued and dark lighting, adding to the…

POPE’S AUTHORITY

What is the most common advice given to aspiring musicians? It’s got to be the easier said than done, “Get your own voice.” While we all have our favorite musicians, and dream of playing just like them, the fact is…

STANLEY CLARKE: NO MYSTERY

If you look at the creative trajectory of most artists and non-steroidal athletes , it tends to slowly rise to a creative peak in the mid to late twenties, and then slowly descend or level off. The eternal struggle with…