Despite the fact that clarinet (and occasional sax) player Pee Wee Russell was one of the most distinctive voices in jazz history, his name remains unknown outside of infra jazz circles.
The fact is, the BSO’s 2019-20 season doesn’t risk enough and lacks a true spirit of adventure.
Far more people would recognize Chet Baker’s name than Jack Sheldon’s — and that is unfortunate.
The Beats came before the ’60s, the decade of civil rights protests, women’s rights, the anti-war movement, and the civil strife that included riots and assassinations.
Is there a disconnect between artists and meaningful resistance movements?
Did I try to fit in at my segregated school, betraying my father and his values to be a popular white boy?
I find it a little disturbing how The Soprano’s themes seem to have culminated in the election of our current President.
Hearing Sanford Sylvan sing made one rich: spiritually, emotionally, musically.
Part one of this survey looked at one upcoming performance and five CDs where music takes the leading role. This post looks at the other side of the coin, where the words are the wellspring for the music.
A reflection on the whole tradition of combining longish narrative poems to music, especially for performance in a concert hall by large forces (e.g., singers and orchestra).