Summer Weekend Concert Series: Dr. John at the Newport Jazz Festival, 2016

A video of Dr. John performing at the Newport Jazz Festival in 2006. The video is very good throughout but there is a bit of an audio issue in the beginning of the set. Stay with it. Thanks to the  Newport Jazz Festival and Funk and Reggae for sharing. The Fine Print: Special thanks to […]

Transitions: Dr. John (1941-2019)

Above: Dr. John doing an extended  version of “Such a Night”, one of his best known hits. Good music and excellent photography. Perfect for setting the tone for a piece to remember a musical legend.  “Such a Night. Sweet confusion under the moonlight….”   –from “Such a Night” by Mac Rebennack (Dr. John) Mac Rebennack, […]

Transitions: Hugh Masekela, (1940 to 2018)

The Hunt for New Music. Hugh Masekela, one of the world’s finest and most honored jazz musicians, has died at the age of 78. Masekela, called a “great son of Africa”,  was not just a terrific trump player, but also an anti-apartheid activist who spent three decades in exile. Masekela died from complications of cancer, […]

The Poetry of Rock: Before The Deluge

  Jackson Brown has been one our finest songwriters since the seventies. He has a very unique voice and writes exceptional lyrics–it can’t hurt that, at one time, he, along with John David Souther and Glenn Frey and Don Henley (Eagles) all lived in the same apartment complex in Los Angeles. His best work–at least […]

Sgt. Pepper's Re-boot

The Hunt for New Music: Embed from Getty Images Here’s an interesting idea for fans of “Sgt. Pepper” and The Beatles. Re-boot the album. Re-imagine, re-order, re-program it, because as terrific as it was, is, and remains, there were some very interesting conversations during the production of the record about what songs should be included […]

The Weekend Concert Series: Paul McCartney, Good Evening New York City

The Hunt for New Music:  Just a terrific concert, Paul McCartney in New York to open the new Citi Field Stadium in 2009. The video is HD and the sound is very good; the song list a collection of Beatles and McCartney tunes. The opening is particularly well done. No need to puff this one […]

The Weekend Concert Series: Chuck Berry

The Hunt for New Music: A classic to honor a classic: Chuck Berry live at the BBC, in 1972, with Rocking Horse. The camera work is very good (you would expect it from the BBC) and the sound is surprisingly clear (from the soundboard). We lost Chuck Berry this past week but he’s going to […]

Bruce Springsteen Plays Chuck Berry

Paying Attention: To get an appreciation of how deep Chuck Berry’s influence went, you just have to look at the royalty of rock&roll and their performances of  his music. Here’s a great clip  of Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band doing the Berry classic “You Never Can Tell”. It starts off as rock&roll classic and […]

Transitions: Chuck Berry (1926-2017)

Paying Attention: “You know, my temperature’s risin’ And the jukebox blowing a fuse My heart’s beatin’ rhythm And my soul keeps on singin’ the blues Roll over Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news…” –from Roll Over Beethooven by Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson Berry died on Saturday. He was 90 years old and he was known […]

The Christmas Playlist Series: No. X

The Hunt For New (Christmas) Music:  Embed from Getty Images   Combine this playlist(which is Part B) with the previous one (No. X, Part A) and you’ll have several hours of great holiday music. Happy Holidays and good listening. [table] No, Song, Artist 1, Jingle Bell Jamboree, Keb ‘Mo 2, Wonderful Dreams, Melanie Horton 3, Keep […]