Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Bye Bye Blackbird”

by Roger Crane, the Song Scout Background/Discussion This is the twelfth in a series of articles addressing the beloved standards that comprise the Great American Songbook (GAS). Music for the 1926 “Bye Bye Blackbird,” is by Ray Henderson and the lyric by Mort Dixon. This entertaining song was immediately successful (four versions were hits in… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Bye Bye Blackbird”

Live Jazz: Nancy Harms and the Jeremy Siskind Trio perform at Ashland Oregon’s Old Siskiyou Barn

By Don Heckman The Siskiyou Music Project presented another of its engaging events recently in the woodland setting of Ashland’s Old Siskiyou Barn. The stars of this colorful evening of vocal and piano jazz featured singer Nancy Harms and the  Jeremy Siskind Trio. In the world of music overflowing with songstresses, the unique talents of… Read More Live Jazz: Nancy Harms and the Jeremy Siskind Trio perform at Ashland Oregon’s Old Siskiyou Barn

Toots Thielemans Passes

By Don Heckman The death yesterday of the brilliant multi-jazz instrumentalist Toots Thielemans ends the remarkable career of one of the jazz world’s incomparable artists. I was fortunate as a jazz journalist to have heard Toots in performance  and occasionally interviewed him over four or more decades. His guitar was brisk and swinging, often more… Read More Toots Thielemans Passes

Live Jazz: Seven String guitarist Howard Alden performs in a Siskiyou Music Project at the Pascal Winery

By Don Heckman Talent, Oregon. Last Sunday night, New York’s great seven string guitarist Howard Alden gave a stunning display of the too rarely heard instrument’s expressive jazz potential in a performance at the Paschal Winery. The first half of the performance, produced by the Siskiyou Music Project, began with a far ranging program of… Read More Live Jazz: Seven String guitarist Howard Alden performs in a Siskiyou Music Project at the Pascal Winery

Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “The First Time I Saw You”

 By Roger Crane, Song Scout Introduction Some songs, of course, are obscure because they should be but, for each of those, there are many others worthy of more attention. For the second entry in this “Obscure but Worthy” series I present “The First Time I Saw You” which was written for and featured in a… Read More Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “The First Time I Saw You”