Tag Archives: piano

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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My Piano is Full of Matchbooks……

As a pianist you become used to bad pianos. Bad pianos in good condition. Good pianos in bad condition. Some notes not working. Things being randomly out of tune. Pedals that won’t behave. Basically, everything. Every time I turn up … Continue reading

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Remembering Cedar Walton…

In 2003 I celebrated my 18th Birthday at the Jazz Standard with Buster Williams, Jimmy Cobb, and Cedar Walton. I had just moved to New York a few weeks before (in late August) so I didn’t know very many people; … Continue reading

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The Transcendent Aesthetics of the Block Chord Language

This article originally appeared in the September 2011 edition of Downbeat Magazine. It was my first time to be published as a writer, and I’m happy to share it with you today.  Before I was a Jazz musician I was … Continue reading

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