Archive for December, 2008

December 23rd 2008
Reviewing The Jazz Session

Posted under Jazz News & Site Updates & TJS In The News

Blogger David Hill has posted a very nice review of The Jazz Session on his blog, Hot House. Thanks, David!

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December 19th 2008
Comin’ back

Posted under Site Updates

The Jazz Session has been on a short hiatus while I’ve been (a) working way too much and (b) finishing the final semester of my 17-year undergrad degree.

Have no fear, though. The show will return in 2009 with Marilyn Crispell, followed by interviews with David Sanborn, the Wee Trio, Henry Grimes, Barbara Dennerlein, Mike Melito and more!

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December 5th 2008
Article: Mose Allison biographical sketch

Posted under Jazz Writing

My latest article for the Island Packet newspaper on Hilton Head Island, SC, is a biographical sketch of Mose Allison. Here’s the intro:

I can’t believe the things I’m seeing
I wonder ‘bout some things I’ve heard
Everybody’s crying mercy
When they don’t know the meaning of the word
A bad enough situation
It’s sure enough getting worse
Everybody’s crying justice
Just as long as it’s business first

By JASON CRANE • Special to the Guide

One could easily think those lyrics come from someone like Bright Eyes or Chuck D, but they were written in 1968 by one Mose Allison, the “Sage of Tippo, Miss.”, who performs at the island’s Jazz Corner this weekend.

Over the years that song, “Everybody’s Cryin’ Mercy,” has been covered by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Elvis Costello, and 40 years later it still stands as a testament to the prescience, courage and conviction of one of the most original songwriters of the 20th century. Allison songs have been covered by an eclectic group that includes Van Morrison, The Who, The Clash and The Yardbirds.

You can read the rest here.

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December 4th 2008
Kate McGarry nominated for a Grammy

Posted under Jazz News

Congratulations to Kate McGarry, whose new CD, If Less Is More … Nothing Is Everything (Palmetto, 2008) was nominated for a Grammy. Listen to Kate talk about the album on The Jazz Session #51: Kate McGarry. Kate was also on the show in 2007: The Jazz Session #33: Kate McGarry.