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PRESIDENTS OF JAZZ!

Yes, this is the month that we celebrate President’s Day! Whoo Hoo! It used to be the month that we had holidays for our two most important presidents, George Washington (Feb 22) and Abraham Lincoln (Feb 12) but a trade…

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

One of the underrated joys of jazz is listening to artists or bands that have a regional sound. If you’re lucky, you live in a town or city that has its own distinct vibe, and it should be reflected in…

SUMMERTIME!

So, here we are in the midst of summer. There are NO holidays to celebrate in August, and the only time to do any physical activity out doors is before 10 o’clock or after 7, when the sun is thinking…

SWINGIN’ MINNESOTA

What first comes to your mind when you think of Minnesota? You betcha! Lots of Scandinavians, jello salads (ugh), blonds (ok), the Vikings (hmm) and lutefisk (OOH BOY!). But this state which houses the Twin Cities of St. Paul and…

JAZZ FOR JAZZ HATERS

One of the rules of life that I live by is that “It’s not so much ‘I know what I like’ as ‘I like what I know.’” Most people don’t appreciate jazz because they have no frame of reference. Back…

MUSIC FOR HISTORY MAJORS

I hope that all of you appreciate what a GOLDEN ERA we are living in regarding reissues and newly undiscovered historical recordings. When I first got into jazz, there were just records albums and a few labels that reissued anything…

IT’S TOP TEN TIME!!!

Basically, there are two lists of people: those who make lists, and those who don’t. Badda Boom! Me, I LOVE lists! On my refrigerator door used to be a picture of Fredric Chopin next to one of Franz Liszt, and…