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.
Police procedural novelist Michael Connelly is a connoisseur of jazz music so it’s no surprise that his most famous character, LAPD detective Hieronymus ‘Harry’ Bosch, is also a deep enthusiast of the genre. (Connelly has a page on his personal Web site all about the “music in the novels.”) Illustrator Russell Walks took those cues […]
Almost every night for the last week, I’ve been listening to my vinyl copy of Sade’s 1985 masterpiece “Promise.” Sade’s deeply sexy, jazzy soul stands the test of time. This morning, I was surprised and delighted to see this stunning 1985 TV performance of “Is It A Crime” on The Old Grey Whistle Test that […]
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 […]
Father’s Day is June 21st, otherwise known as the roughest shopping day of the year. Don’t get us wrong, Dad deserves an awesome gift for all the great things he gave you. But let’s be honest — buying for your father is often a chore. Your gift has to take into account what he already […]
Even in horrible economic times, a few simple rules hold unshakably true. And one of those rules is that if you possess an in-demand skill, you’ll always find work — and often, at a top market salary, to boot. If you understand Big Data and how to find order from the chaos of massive stockpiles […]
We live in a disposable era. If you can’t fix a broken item with a wrap of duct tape, there’s a very strong likelihood that its next destination is the trashcan. However, that probably leads to a trigger-finger death sentence for many household items that could be saved with just a bit more ingenuity. Before […]