Archive for April 2016

What prince continues to teach me

In 1994, I bought an obscure CD-ROM called Prince Interactive. One reviewer called it “a weird Prince CD-ROM press kit that people paid money for”. Maybe that’s true but I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the wonderful fantasy world within the disk. It was a virtual trip through Prince’s world with the object being to unlock hidden puzzles for…

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A gem of jazz alto trombone history

When people talk of jazz alto trombone, the name Tom Ervin is mentioned first. Tom was the Professor of Trombone at the University of Arizona for 36 years and was principle trombone in the Tucson Symphony for 28. As that rare breed of instrumentalist who fluently plays both jazz and classical, Tom also has the…

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Is this the state of live jazz?

I was delighted to take three good friends to hear the great Tom Harrell last night at New York City’s Village Vanguard. As the night wore on, however, I was less than thrilled and began questioning the class of one of the city’s iconic jazz venues. I have enjoyed the great recordings of Tom and have played his music for a…

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