Before it slides deep into the archives of NEPR News, here's the commentary I voiced in memory of B.B. King on May 21.
Few harmonica players announce themselves by tone alone quite like James Cotton. The great bluesman, born 80 years ago today in Tunica, Mississippi, has a huge, vibrato-laden sound that's instantly recognizable, and while he's influenced many harp players, no one else sounds like him.
Gunther Schuller died on Sunday, June 21, in Boston. He was 89. Schuller was a Renaissance man of the Space Age. He began playing French horn with the New York Philharmonic when he was 16, became principal horn of the Cincinnati Symphony at 17, and for the better part of the next 75 years excelled at more endeavors than virtually anyone else in modern music.
I spoke with Charles Lloyd on June 19. The great saxophonist and flutist's quartet (Gerald Clayton, piano; Joe Sanders, bass; Kendrick Scott, drums) will be in concert at the Solid Sound Festival at MassMoCA on Sunday, June 28.
I spoke with Steve Davis on June 17. I've known Steve for about 20 years and first heard him at the 880 Club in Hartford closer to 30 years ago. Since then, I've seen him on bandstands here, there, and everywhere, including the Jazz ...