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”

Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

By Jane Rosenberg Hershey Felder, like Leonard Bernstein, the subject of his one-man musical play, is a passionate educator, offering general audiences musical insight into the creative process of composers from Irving Berlin to Beethoven. With skillful piano technique, nuanced vocals, and strong acting chops, Felder explores Bernstein’s life and times. What was most engaging,… Read More Hershey Felder as Leonard Bernstein in Maestro at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts