Jazz Calendars for 2015

Jazz Calendars for 2015

Did you make your plans for 2015 yet? If not, maybe these two calendars will help you make at least some of them. Sven Thielmann produced two beautiful calendars with pictures of pianists and saxophonists he has made over the years. “Jazz Saxophonisten 2015” is not only a beautiful work of art for jazz enthusiasts, but…

Michael Franks at 70

Michael Franks at 70

It is hard to believe that Michael Franks is already 70. The singer and songwriter with the unusual and high voice has been making music since 1973. I had the pleasure of seeing him perform last October at B.B. King’s in New York and his charming and witty attitude and his formidable musicianship were truly amazing. From…

Joe Sample dies at 75

Joe Sample dies at 75

So many classic recordings feature his signature keyboard and piano playing. His robust Fender Rhodes has graced the music of Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan, Barbra Streisand, Michale Franks, or B.B. King. But of course, his roots were planted in the early 60s when he founded the Jazz Crusaders with Wilton Felder, Wayne Henderson,…