Legendary US jazz musician Ahmad Jamal has announced a solo album - something he’s never done before. The pianist who just turned 89 says this project, titled ‘Ballades’ is a French-inspired love letter to his past, as he reflects on his “transcendent journey”. It includes three original compositions and three duets with his longtime bassist and friend James Cammack. There’s a nod to Bill Evans with his composition ‘Your Story’ and the album finishes with Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer’s ‘Emily’. ‘Ballades’ is released on Harcourt Records September 13th.
Ahmad Jamal was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jazz FM Awards in 2013.
The Brass-A-Holics offer this fantastic rendition of “I’ll Fly Away” to help comfort those who can not give their loved ones a proper jazz funeral. I have been in love with jazz funerals since I was a teen. I only recently learned there are also jazz weddings. Should I ever remarry this will make things […]
Talking smack about bits of your anatomy that you’ve got no control over. Delighting generations with his clever arrangements and often hilarious, heartfelt lyrics. Showing modern musicians what a showman looks like. These are but a few of the services that Fat Waller has provided to humanity over the years. Image via Wikipedia Commons
Jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon, singer of the Schoolhouse Rock! classics “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction,” has died at age 88. With roots in the 1950s West Coast and bebop jazz scene, Sheldon became the longtime musical director of the Merv Griffin Show. In 1973, he became an ongoing contributor to Schoolhouse Rock!, voicing […]
Gather round, young and old — and hear tales of bygone days. Back in olden times, citizens would mass at a house of coffee, wherein skilled java alchemists would concoct special blends and apply artisanal wizardry to make each steaming chalice an appointment for the taste buds. Granted, said wizards, once known as baristas, were […]
The last few weeks have given us all a lot to think about. As we watched stores close, Costco lines snake through parking lots and items like hand sanitizer and toilet paper disappear everywhere like they were Lady Gaga tickets, there’s one significant takeaway it’s safe to say we all can agree on. We should […]
Whether it was Bach or Chopin, Ray Charles or Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Alicia Keys or Norah Jones, there was someone whose mastery on the piano made you think, wow, I wish I knew how to do that. It’s a singular, almost timeless skill — and if you love music, there’s no […]