Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Easy Living”

 By Roger Crane, Song Scout   Background When composer-musicologist Alec Wilder’s highly literate book “American Popular Song – the Great Innovators” was published by the Oxford Press in 1972 one of my favorite pastimes was making two lists. 1) Superior songs that he missed or for which he did not share my enthusiasm. 2) Songs… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Burning: “Easy Living”

New CD Release: Terry Gibbs 92 Years Young, Jammin’ at the Gibbs House

by Don Heckman Everyone knows Terry Gibbs, knows of him, or has heard him play his swinging vibraphone. He has played with and outlived most of the jazz greats of the past 50 or more years. The swinging music that comes from those mallets is a groove that defies category Gibbs’ continuing preservation of the… Read More New CD Release: Terry Gibbs 92 Years Young, Jammin’ at the Gibbs House

Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “Moon and Sand”

Roger Crane, the Song Scout Introduction Some songs, of course, are obscure because they should be but, for each of those there are many others that are worthy of more attention. For the fourth entry in this occasional series I will address Alec Wilder’s 1941 “Moon and Sand.” By most accounts the multi-faceted Wilder was… Read More Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “Moon and Sand”

Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “Early Autumn”

By Roger Crane, the Song Scout Introduction For the third entry in this “Obscure but Worthy” song series I present “Early Autumn” which is, thanks to the Stan Getz memorable recording, perhaps not too obscure among jazz fans. But, although the song with Johnny Mercer lyrics is noted abroad, it is comparatively little known in… Read More Obscure but Worthy: Looking at Revivable Songs, “Early Autumn”

CD Release: Sylvia Brooks “The Arrangement” at Catalina Jazz Club, June 7

by Faith Frenz Singers need words and music.  But arrangements are the secret to a good song and what distinguishes the singer.  A good example is Sinatra and Nelson Riddle. Catalina –the Doyen of jazz for LA — has always welcomed  and supported the jazz community to help showcase their aspirations and satisfy the Los… Read More CD Release: Sylvia Brooks “The Arrangement” at Catalina Jazz Club, June 7