Jazz Breakfast Settling Nicely

Jazz Breakfast Settling Nicely Well, Art Blakey says it best: Jazz Washes Away The Dust of Every Day Life. Until his passing in late 1990, this famous and influential jazz drummer was one of a handful of leaders in the music world. His impact and legacy live on through his words and music, providing inspiration to many aspiring musicians and listeners.  This quote is appropriate for the end of the day, when we may need it most, and the start of the day as well. In light of recent world events, I find it appropriate to wind up (or down) to. This morning, my breakfast of choice includes a few more leaders in the jazz world.  Today I’ll take my Freddie Hubbard (trumpet) over easy, with…

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Music Moves In

Music Moves In Music washes away the dust of everyday life. – Art Blakey I don’t know about you, but whenever the media and onslaught of depressing world events hits an all time high, I need to detox.  Lately that seems to be the case. What about you? These past few weeks have been rough on the ears and eyes.  It’s like all I want to do is get cozy on the couch with a warm cup o’tea, Keebler coconut-crack cookies and re-watch Season 1 of Master of None followed by some serious listening to my favorite Herbie Hancock album.  While the intention may always be to become an informed global citizen and have a constant sense of what’s going on around us at all times,…

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Hard Work Pays Off For This Entertainer

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Hard Work Pays Off For This Entertainer: Harry Connick Jr In a recent interview with NPR, shown above, one of my favorite performers over the last couple of decades, Harry Connick Jr., discusses his latest album That Would Be Me.  When I first started listening to jazz at a young age, his debut album 20 was given to me as a gift and really grabbed my attention, as he was such a gifted young guy.  I began to appreciate him more on later albums, such as Blue Light, Red Light and To See You which just blew me away in terms of the music depths this performer could reach.  It’s refreshing to hear him reflect on his past education under the tutelage of Mr. Marsalis, who proved to be invaluable, I’m…

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