This time of year I get lots of mail wishing me a good year.
Songlines Magazine,which specializes in world music reviewed the latest album from BandOrient- led by Yair Dalal and Eli Benacot (Eli is the musical director of the JP Big Band – where I play tenor and clarinet and serve as the contractor). The group are amazing musicians – Yair is one of the world’s best oud players and Eli is a master on tenor and EWI not to mention a consummate musician.
The reviewer, Bill Bradley loved the album a lot but is not a big fan of Weather Report….. Continue reading
Is a little fear in the workplace a good thing?
Management Rewired, is a new book by the consultant Charles Jacobs. Instead of standardized procedures, dictated targets and harsh but true feedback, Jacobs suggests we’ll get better results “if, rather than trying to thwart their natural inclinations, we just accept how people behave and make the most of it.”
From an individual perspective – the insight is of course, correct. Continue reading
Personally I prefer a good guitarist who can read and improvise.
There is something to be learned from what some of the great jazz musicians said:
“It’s not the mistakes that count, it’s what you do after them that counts.” -Thelonious Monk
If you have some spare cash and you’re into swing – this item will interest you:
Announcing the offer for sale of the personal library and archives of Artie Shaw (1910-2004), the great American bandleader, author, iconoclast and raconteur.
The library consists of approx. 6,000 books, many with his personal notations. The archive, in over 33 boxes, contains his personal papers, correspondence from numerous wives and contemporary celebrities, scripts relating to his motion picture production company, musical lead sheets, etc. (Note: his musical arrangements only, were given to the University of Arizona during his lifetime.)
Also included are the literary drafts of his published works as well as his monumental 1,200+ page autobiographical novel that he was still working on at the time of his death. A catalog has been prepared listing the highlights of the books and archive. Any interested party should please contact Kenneth Karmiole
email@example.com or phone 310-451-4342.
Kenny Wheeler’s music for small and large ensembles is one of my favorites.
A conductor is getting an orchestra together for a performance but is having trouble getting a trumpet player. Finally, he calls a contractor, who tells him, “Well, the only guy I’ve got available at the moment is this jazz trumpeter.”