A few pounds of mahogany, maple and rosewood; some metal and plastic bits; a handful of simple electronic parts; a couple of ounces of nitrocellulose finish; several feet of steel wire. There are quite a few gizmos a clever, capable craftsman could bring to life with these basic materials. In the late 1950s, two groups of particularly accomplished artisans—one at Fender Musical … [Read more...] about Rumble Seat Music
His philosophies are simple: life is beautiful, it only gets better with age, and it's all about quality, not quantity. Legendary singer Tony Bennett embodies these principles. The nearly 86 year old is currently on an extensive European tour. He will play the Olympics and Royal Albert Hall, as well as make stops in at least a half-dozen foreign countries. He says there will be … [Read more...] about The Good Life
They're still talking about that September Saturday. The day Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews strode out onto the Jimmy Lyons stage with his band Orleans Avenue and proceeded to permanently and deeply carve his name into the tree trunk of Monterey Jazz Festival lore. "He absolutely owned the 2010 festival," says one longtime attendee. Guess what? He's gonna do it again. "I've … [Read more...] about This Is Jazz
Jazz musicians are an eclectic lot: highly individualistic and nonconformist— dancing to their own drummers, so to speak. They sing in chorus, however, when it comes to educating young people in the language of their chosen musical genre. From its inception 54 years ago, the Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) has funded programs designed to pass the torch onto the next generation of … [Read more...] about Monterey Jazz Festival’s Full Circle
Hold a conversation about Harry Connick Jr. and chances are that sooner or later the term "Renaissance man" will pop up. Singer, musician, songwriter, arranger, composer, stage, screen and television actor, humanitarian, activist. And he's got three Grammys and an Emmy on his mantle—what doesn't this guy do? Asked the proverbial "desert island" question: If you had to choose … [Read more...] about Harry Connick Jr.