Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Alive: “It Had To Be You”

By Roger Crane the Song Scout When I meet jazz performers, composers and fellow music fans I often inquire as to their favorite songs. I recall that the masterful jazz pianist Dave McKenna chose “I’ll Be Around,” giving particular praise to Alec Wilders’s bridge (where his lyrics state “Goodbye again.”). Another jazz pianist, Gerry Wiggins,… Read More Keeping the GAS (Great American Songbook) Flame Alive: “It Had To Be You”

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CD Review: James Booker’s “Classified: Remixed And Expanded” (Rounder Records)

By Devon Wendell The late, great James Booker’s recording career was just as mysterious and inconsistent as his troubled life would allow. Some of his earliest studio recordings got lost, he’d often back up or collaborate with other major artists, many of whom he inspired greatly – like Jerry Garcia and Doctor John. Or Booker… Read More CD Review: James Booker’s “Classified: Remixed And Expanded” (Rounder Records)

Live Jazz: The 53rd ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL (Day 3)

By Michael Katz Sunday promised to be a scintillating day of music, with several can’t miss attractions at the Garden Stage sandwiched between the afternoon and evening programs at the other venues. The early afternoon shows are annually dedicated to student bands, from the high school vocal ensembles to the Cal State Northridge band. The… Read More Live Jazz: The 53rd ANNUAL MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL (Day 3)