Wednesday, February 28, 2018
All the Way
This is a rubato (purposely out of tempo) duet with the great guitarist Al Viola, who is on pretty much everything Frank Sinatra recorded for more than 25 years.
It’s from a 2005 live performance in Hollywood, two years before Al passed away.
Al is playing his beloved 1939 Gibson L5, arguably one of the most iconic guitars in the history of popular music.
He used this guitar on more than 500 studio recordings, including numerous movie soundtracks.
All the Way
Wise musicians know that a rest is actually a musical note — and great music, like a fine painting, prefers space in which to breathe.
Love and songs,
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
What is jazz?
I am asked this again and again.
The topic of jazz is especially confusing to anyone who takes Ken Burns seriously.
Burns, the author of the supposedly definitive book, “Jazz,” failed to mention such important historic jazz icons as Chet Baker, Bing Crosby and… Read the full story »
Monday, February 8, 2016
Lou Delmonico, one of the original founders of Southern California’s Orange County Performing Arts Center, celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday recently.
Lou sits on many arts-related boards; his love of opera and chorale music is legendary.
He’s also a great fan of classic jazz, the kind you… Read the full story »
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Sunday, July 12, 2015
It’s been more than six years since we moved halfway across the country to our home in Dallas, TX.
In the thirty years we lived in California, a lot of things changed there — some for the better, and some not.
Texas is a far different… Read the full story »
Thursday, June 11, 2015
The internet is loaded with stuff like this:
Fly Me To The Moon “by” Frank Sinatra.
Shame on you, Pandora.
Sinatra may have had the hit, but he didn’t write the song.
A guy named Bart Howard did.
To me, this is about as bad as looking at the… Read the full story »
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Reflecting upon the state of jazz in the state of Texas, it’s alive and well.
A recent club date was big-time proof that the art of improvisation lives in the hearts, minds bodies and talents of some very fine young musicians here.
Was I dreaming,… Read the full story »
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Might be that nobody really knows what jazz is anymore.
Some think it’s a dowdy antique, while others are certain it’s a marriage of rap and hip hop.
Neo-soul — and bastardized “funk” — are called “jazz” these days, too.
Oh, and “original music”…or maybe… Read the full story »
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Monday, September 3, 2012
Dallas Morning News
Name a song, and she’ll sing it.
A huge repertoire testifies to singer Judy Chamberlain’s first love: jazz.
By JON M. GILBERTSON
Friday, April 27, 2012
What makes a great band?
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Getting married in the Greater Los Angeles area? Orange County, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Palm Springs brides know how expensive it can be to rent a venue, provde a great meal and an open bar for your guests, arrange for lovely flowers, a great… Read the full story »