Bob Dorough is the kind of musician who when he's performing in the area, someone makes sure to call the local newspaper and tell them about it. In this case the man who made the phone call was Houston jazz producer Joe Peine. (Thanks, Joe.)
Perhaps best-known for the insouciant jazz standard "Devi ... More >>
On this day in 1965, British songstress Petula Clark reached number one on the charts with "Downtown," a pop classic with an unforgettable hook that has become a mainstay of oldies radio, film soundtracks and TV advertisements in the years since. The song even served as a plot point in an episode o ... More >>
Photo by Devin DeHaven Latin jazz bandleader and congero Poncho Sanchez spent lots of time as a kid watching his older sisters dance the mambo and cha-cha-cha to their Cal Tjader, Tito Puente and Machito records. While they danced, Sanchez read the album covers and listened.
Now, with some ... More >>
myspace.com/wearecreepLet's take a moment to think about labels and what they mean to us. Why do people feel the need to label things? The obvious answer is: It's the only way we know what stuff is.
To anyone who automatically dismisses the very idea of labeling, just imagine what it would b ... More >>
Though his stature as an icon of jazz is secure today, for much of his actual performing life, pianist/composer Thelonious Monk was not always so well-received by jazz critics or general fans.
His personal eccentricities - the hats, the dancing, the attacking piano keys - and odd/unprofessional b ... More >>
According to a recent appreciation in Newsweek, if an American household has just one jazz record on the shelf, chances are it's Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. And we were thinking it was Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' Whipped Cream & Other Delights.
Kind of Blue contains only five trac ... More >>