Archive for January, 2009

January 24th 2009
Article: Mark Shane pays tribute to Fats Waller

Posted under Jazz Writing

My latest article for The Island Packet newspaper on Hilton Head Island, SC, is about pianist Mark Shane:

If you play pool, do it like Minnesota Fats. If you say, “Hey, hey, hey,” do it like Fat Albert. And if you play stride piano, you’d best do it like Fats Waller.

Fans of the stride piano — and of Waller’s infectious music — are in for a rare treat when pianist Mark Shane comes to the Jazz Corner on Hilton Head Island to pay tribute to Waller.

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January 22nd 2009
David “Fathead” Newman

Posted under Jazz News

Multi-instrumentalist David “Fathead” Newman died on Tuesday. He was a charter member of Ray Charles’s band and forever associated with Charles. I interviewed David on the day Ray Charles died, and it was a very emotional experience. Now Fathead is gone, too. He was a musician’s musician, and by all accounts and my own experience, a first-rate human being.

Here’s a link to an obituary.

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January 15th 2009
AAJ’s Top 20 Jazz Interviews of 2008

Posted under Jazz Writing

I’m very happy to have two interviews included in the All About Jazz list of the Top 20 Interviews of 2008. My interviews with pianists Satoko Fujii and Aaron Parks are included in the list. Thanks, AAJ!

In addition to reading the interviews at the All About Jazz site, you can also listen to the episodes of The Jazz Session that feature Fujii and Parks:

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January 1st 2009
NYC Second Line

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My very good friend Satoru Ohashi is playing trumpet in this video, recorded Nov. 30, 2008 in New York City:

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