Posts tagged "Jazz"

The Loss of Joe Sample but Legacy of Great Music

The Loss of Joe Sample but Legacy of Great Music
This morning I read that legendary jazz pianist Joe Sample had died. Before people made smooth jazz a genre, Joe was playing it, he was a founding member of the genre bending jazz group The Crusaders. You probably know their biggest hit an R&B tinged jazz song from 1979 called “Street Life” with vocals by... Read more »

Snapshot of a Genius The Life & Legacy of George Duke

Snapshot of a Genius The Life & Legacy of George Duke
There are songs and music artists that not only move you but their work defines certain times in your life. George Duke who just passed on Monday was one of those cats for me. I first heard and was mesmerized by George on one of his later radio friendly songs “Rhyme or Reason” in the... Read more »

I Remember Vonski, The Life & Music of Von Freeman

Back 15-20 years ago when Public Radio still played traditional jazz at night, I heard this cat blowing a horn like it owed him money and I loved the sound, turns out it was Von Freeman and that was considered “The Chicago Sound”. My family had educated me on Captain Dyett and all the great... Read more »
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