Category: To The Good Life
To The Good Life: high-end steaks, port, and travel.
“The ultimate in art is self-expression, not escape.”-Duke Ellington
The World of Duke Ellington is a fascinating portrait of one of America’s greatest musical legends, longtime friend and jazz historian Stanley Dance recounts the life of the incomparable Duke Ellington in his own words and in the words of the artists who played along with him: longtime co-composer Billy Strayhorn, saxophonists Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster, trumpeters Cootie Williams and Clark Terry, drummer Sonny Greer, vocalist Alice Babs, and organist Wild Bill Davis, among many others.… Read Full Article
Emily Remler plays her interpretation of the Sonny Rollins classic ‘Tenor Madness’ on Australian TV in May 1989. Visit the Emily Remler tribute site: http://www.allthingsemily.com for archived live recordings, transcriptions in notation and tab and private lessons with Emily.… Read Full Article
Recently on YouTube, I read a comment indicating that Paul Desmond was the most lyrical of the Jazz alto saxophonists. I wholeheartedly disagree.
That singular honor goes to John Cornelius Hodges, Johnny Hodges. Charlie Parker called him “the Lily Pons of his instrument”.… Read Full Article
George Edward “Butch” Ballard legendary Philly jazz drummer, celebrating his 89th birthday & performing @ Mozaic in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Butch performed & recorded with the Duke Ellington, Count Basie & Cootie Williams big bands to name a few.… Read Full Article