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Fear of Trying

Those of you who are familiar with my podcast, Tales From the Jazz Side, will know that I have a fascination with fear, or more specifically, all the things big and small that scare us. And on that show, I talk with artists about those fears in relation to all aspects of their lives as […]

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Sixty-one years and counting…..

A straight ahead testimony to, to all that is Michael Franks. Last year Michael Franks released a new CD, titled “The Music in My Head”. I am happy to say that once again, I was able to contribute vocally to the recording. I feel that all of Michael’s work is amazing, but this one stands

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All In A Day’s Work…..part 1

“When traveling is made too easy and comfortable, its spiritual meaning is lost. This may be called sentimentalism, but a certain sense of loneliness engendered by traveling leads one to reflect upon the meaning of life, for life is, after all, a traveling from one unknown to another unknown.“ D.T. Suzuki (1870-1966) This posting is

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A “Know it All” Reprise

Another turn of the wheel,  a year older and trustingly wiser.  Perhaps its the perpetual entrance of a birthday that brings a deluge of crowded memories vying for their place in the dusty archives where we store our experiences. Recently my reminiscing has circled and landed on the years that I’ve lived and played music.

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Couldn’t Have Said It Better….

“Music, at its essence, is what gives us memories. And the longer a song has existed in our lives, the more memories we have of it.” Stevie Wonders Working on the new CD is really challenging and educational. This being my first endeavor to record a CD of all original songs, those “originals songs”  being

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Taping the Marion McPartland’s Radio show

As I walked into the studio, I recalled the famous photograph taken in 1958 “Great Day in Harlem”.  The first time I saw that photo I was amazed at all of the legendary people that were there that day, but what really struck me was the image of Marion McPartland and Mary Lou Williams side

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My Day with Gary Walker at WBGO 88.3

On April 18th, 2007, at 8:00 am we arrived at WBGO’s station, located in Newark, NJ.  It was a chilly overcast day and I was really nervous.  We were greeted at the door by Mr. Walker.  His friendly smile quickly erased all of my fears of making a fool out of myself.  We walked down

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