Charles Cajori, who died on December 1 at the age of 92, was one of the last of what constituted the 2nd generation of Abstract Expressionist artists. Born in Palo Alto in 1921, grandson of the renowned mathematician Florian Cajori, Charles grew up in Philadelphia
My interest in New Orleans music ramped up to infatuation on July 3, 1973, when I heard Professor Longhair for the first time in Central Park. The event still stands as the single greatest unanticipated musical discovery of my life.
The highlight of what I saw of last night's Oscars was Darlene Love singing "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" as she joined the makers of 20 Feet From Stardom to accept the Academy Award for Best Documentary. I saw the film last summer at Amherst Cinema, and here's what I wrote.
Dexter Gordon should have owned the Fifties. As the tenor playing counterpart to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and as a player revealed on concert air checks of the late forties as one who could sustain long, thematically cohesive solos...
Joe Henderson raised the standard of tribute albums from homage to art with the sessions he devoted to Billy Strayhorn and Miles Davis in the early nineties. They also marked a veritable rebirth of Henderson as a major figure in music.