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Live Jazz: Quinton Cain Quartet at Jazz on Jay June 17, 2021

The Quinton Cain Quartet charged through the door of live, free outdoor jazz at Jazz on Jay Thursday, June 17; a door Azzaam Hameed and friends kicked open on June 10. While Hameed’s quartet honored venerable touchstones (not tombstones…) of soul, funk and modal jazz, Cain and crew went modern, groovin’ high with plenty of … Continue reading Live Jazz: Quinton Cain Quartet at Jazz on Jay June 17, 2021

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Three strangers said “God bless you” and a woman handed Ellie an umbrella from her car window and drove on. Ellie and I were standing in the rain directing drivers to a drive through food distribution event Wednesday in Collins Park – a miserably wonderful experience, and vice versa. With our son Zak, we joined … Continue reading Help…

FROM The Record Shelf: Loving Laura Nyro (especially “New York Tendaberry”)

When a friend shared “Beads of Sweat” by Laura Nyro with Duane Allman on Youtube, I sat hypnotized by these geniuses who left us too soon. Late into that night, I listened to Laura Nyro music; thought about her, remembered her and loved her. Apart from Dylan, the 60s strongest singer-songwriters were Laura Nyro and … Continue reading FROM The Record Shelf: Loving Laura Nyro (especially “New York Tendaberry”)

A DIFFERENT JAZZ FEST

Rejoice! Listen up, WAY up! Anywhere! Before (and after) the plague, New Orleans hosts its annual Jazz and Heritage Festival on the last weekend in April and first weekend in May. On 12 stages, music rings out across the Racetrack Fairgrounds in the Gentilly neighborhood from late morning to dinner time.  Obviously, not this year…except, … Continue reading A DIFFERENT JAZZ FEST

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