Category Archives: Let’s Talk Music

Letters to Dinah: A Tribute to the Late Great Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington, Queen of the Blues, is my first true love in terms of Jazz singing. Discovering her album, “For Those in Love”, absolutely changed my life.ย ย When I was little I would listen to her and her alone; until I … Continue reading

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Are CDs Old Hat? Nick Hempton Explores a New Way of Releasing Music

A few days ago I told you about my new CD. It will be a traditional release, meaning there will be physical CDs as well as downloadable tunes on iTunes etc., but these days quite a fewย artists are choosing alternative … Continue reading

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Feeling down? Kind of Blue? Jimmy Cobb Can Fix That.

What is Jazz? Where is Jazz going? Jazz is dead! Nobody likes Jazz! These are all things I hear quite a lot. They’re in magazines, on blogs, on facebook, on twitter (check out Jazz is the Worst for some laughs), … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

In the midst of this seemingly never-ending, dreary winter, I think we could all use a little romance. So, today, on Valentine’s Day, I offer you…..Sarah Vaughan….. Ella Fitzgerald….. Joe Williams…. And finally the most beautiful / sexy / romantic … Continue reading

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Music Monday: Jay McShann & the Kansas City Sound

There are some Jazz musicians who are not fully represented by their recordings alone. These musicians have qualities when you see them live that cannot be transferred to a recorded medium. I don’t mean that they have an engaging stage … Continue reading

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