“I’m telling the story, and if I can’t tell the story, I’m not going to sing it.”


  I’m getting to the point where I’m running out of synonyms for sadness and loss. Just listen to this voice, the voice of the incomparable Sharon Jones, with her devoted Dap Kings. She made it big late in life. But she always had that voice. Godspeed, Sharon. And thank you for sharing everything. Go … More “I’m telling the story, and if I can’t tell the story, I’m not going to sing it.”

Dave Brubeck


I have had a day to think about what I wanted to say about the death of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck yesterday at the age of 91.  I am now going to attempt to see what I can say, and if it makes any sense to anyone but me. I grew up playing piano. The … More Dave Brubeck

The Album List # 19: Dave Brubeck Quartet “Time Out”


The pianist in me wants to be amongst the greatest jazz pianists. Peterson, Baisie, Carmichael,  Corea, Dearie, Ellington, Gershwin, Hines, Henderson, Jobim, Ibrahim, Legrand, Monk, Mingus, Strayhorn, Tatum, Toussaint, Waller- these are just the ones who have albums sitting in my Sunday morning jazz playing queue.  But I always save a special place every Sunday … More The Album List # 19: Dave Brubeck Quartet “Time Out”