Talkin’ Blues, Bluegrass & More with Jimmy Herring

14 Nov

Check out my interview with Jimmy Herring in All About Jazz and also my First Impressions look at his latest album Subject To Change Without Notice (Abstract Logix, 2012)

New York Times on Bonnie Raitt, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi

8 Nov


Each week, Val Haller, the founder of the music Web site, matches music from her baby boom generation to music of her 20-something sons’ generation.

Val Haller has a nice piece in the New York Times that recommends the Tedeschi Trucks Band to Bonnie Raitt fans.  Her own website is worth visiting regularly, she helps “busy adults keep up with what’s happening in modern music.”  Also a big thank you to her for mentioning this site in her article.

Barbara Dennerlein in 3D playing B3

3 Oct

To see the above clip in 3D you will need a pair of these

This clip is part of my latest Talkin’ Blues interviews on All About Jazz, the Internet’s most popular jazz website.  Click on the photo below to see more clips.

Don’t Miss Jazz Near You

27 Sep

Don’t you hate it when you read a review of a great concert you didn’t know about and wish you would have seen? Now a really useful website delivers what’s happening in jazz near you:

Jazz Near You in a Nutshell

Jazz Near You is a network of 200 jazz websites and counting. We aggregate and deliver all kinds of content from events and venue listings to news, articles, photos to what’s hot in your area. It’s also a tremendous advertising opportunity for a venue or presenter to reach readers in their hometown.

How Jazz Near You Works

Once you land on, the website determines your location and presents you with local information. The goal is to keep you informed on who is playing where and when in your area. If you travel, you can change your city and show the destination city’s event guide.

Check it out

Favorite Photo of All Time

2 Sep

The After Hours Version

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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Lenny Kravitz Crashes a Church Choir’s Gig

26 Aug

Lot of fun, and check out the young guitarist Mike Smeeton (playing in the clip above) with the Smeetone’s Family Blues Band (dad and his four sons)

Cool Tool for Musicians, Writers, Music Fans

23 Aug

I was reading about Google’s new Drive service and in the article they mentioned that unlike Google,  DropBox doesn’t “use” your files or information. So thanks to that I found Dropbox, it’s so practical and I’m really glad I found it.

Need to share some very large files with friends? Drop them in your “Public” folder on DropBox and send an invite to your friends. No more huge emails, CDs, or DVDs.

Make sure you don’t lose important files or photos.

There are so many possibilites, and of course if you have a laptop, PC, and a smart phone — no problem, you can access the same files from any of your devices — it’s great.

For me it is a great tool when I interview musicians and need to get music samples or photos.

Here’s their pitch – I give it a big thumbs up!

Your files, anywhere
Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.

2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.

Simple sharing
Shared folders allow people to work together on the same projects and documents.

Invite friends, family or teammates to a folder. It’ll be as if you saved the folder to their computers.
See other people’s changes instantly.
Create photo galleries viewable by anyone you choose.
Send a link to any file in your Dropbox using your Public folder.

Dropbox mobile
Apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry keep your Dropbox at hand, even on the go.

Bring your files with you when you’re on the go.
Edit files in your Dropbox from your phone.
Easily upload your photos and videos to Dropbox.
Share freely with family and friends.

Your stuff is safe
Dropbox protects your files without you needing to think about it.

Dropbox keeps a one-month history of your work.
Any changes can be undone, and files can be undeleted.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and AES-256 bit encryption.

Carlos Santana with the Allman Brothers Band

12 Aug





A Couple of YouTube Clips that Caught My Attention

23 Jul

This is the first Multi camera concert video registration, created from video footage recorded by the audience and published on the internet

Todd Rundgren is a pioneer and has many music industry ‘firsts’ to his name. Here is another one, this time offered to him by his fans in the Netherlands. For the first time: a full 1 hour and 30 minutes multicam concert video registration, created from video footage published on the internet, recorded by the audience.

More info, production notes and all credits here:

This girl had been playing bass for 10 months when she posted this cover of Chuck Rainey’s bassline for   Steely Dan’s “Peg”.  Going to have to keep an eye out for her.

Her youtube channel



Talkin’ Blues with Chuck Leavell

3 May

Chuck Leavell talks about Keith Richards, the possibility of John Mayer doing an instrumental tour, Gregg Allman and much more.

Read my interview with Chuck on All About Jazz

My new interview with the Groovemaster Jerry Jemmott

10 Apr

Jerry Jemmott’s groove is the bedrock of guitarist B.B. King’s career defining hit, “The Thrill is Gone.” He was in the studio with Duane Allman and singer Wilson Pickett recording “Hey Jude,” a track that was instrumental in launching the late Allman Brothers Band guitarist’s musical career; and they were together again for flautist Herbie Mann’s Push Push (Atlantic, 1971), Allman’s first and only jazz sessions, and the last full album he recorded prior to his death on October 29, 1971. Jemmott was also there on December 13, 1968, when guitarist Mike Bloomfield called another six-stringer, an unknown Johnny Winter, up onstage at the Fillmore East—a Friday the 13th that turned out to be Winter’s lucky day.

Jemmott was with singer Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul herself, when she conquered San Francisco’s hippie community at the Fillmore West in March of 1971. The album, drawn from this series of concerts (with a surprise appearance by singer Ray Charles), earned her a gold record, and was something she would later refer to as a highlight of her career.

Jerry Jemmott’s blues credits are truly remarkable: in addition to B.B. King, Freddie King, Mike Bloomfield, Duane Allman, Otis Rush, Johnny Winter, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, there’s his legendary association with Cornell Dupree, Bernard Purdie, and King Curtis. In my last column, Jimmy Herring had this to say about him: “He’s a genius, there’s just nobody like him. He’s the sound that defined an entire generation. I love Jerry Jemmott, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Another of his seminal achievements, which will no doubt be watched by generations yet unborn, was his collaboration with Jaco Pastorius on the instructional video Modern Electric Bass (1985). Even beyond its instructional value, because it was done so close to Pastorius’ death on September 21, 1987, it provides an invaluable insight into this extraordinary musician and composer. Pastorius had this to say about Jerry Jemmott: “He was my idol. That stuttering kind of bass line, bouncing all around the beat but keeping it right in the groove—well, they don’t call Jerry the Groovemaster for nothing. He’s the best.”

In this extensive interview Jerry Jemmott speaks about all this, as well as his wide ranging session work for Atlantic Records, and his current gig with blues/rock legend Gregg Allman.

Read the interview here.

Talkin’ Blues with Jaimoe

28 Mar

Check out my new interview with Jaimoe, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band.

President Obama sings with B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Warren Haynes a.m.m.

22 Feb

UPDATE:  You can now watch a significantly edited version of the concert on PBS.  It’s a shame they cut so much from “Sweet Home Chicago” so for that reason, be sure to watch the clip below.

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Watch Allman Brothers @ the Grammy Awards

14 Feb

Duane Allman’s daugher Galadrielle accepting the Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement for her father.  Watch the 20+ minute ceremony here.

Talkin’ Blues with Jimmy Herring

27 Dec

Check out my interview with Jimmy Herring on All About Jazz.

RIP Hubert Sumlin

12 Dec

The absolute real deal.

New John Scofield Interview up on All About Jazz

26 Sep

Scofield looks back on his ’80s music—and his time spent with Davis—fondly. “It looks funny to us now, because of the fashion and some of the synth sounds,” says Scofield. “And Miles was actually bigger than a rock star; that’s my theory- -that rock stars kowtowed to Miles. A rock star’s just a rock star; this was Miles Davis, man, the giant of modern music who was playing the rock star role. When Miles played, people like Jack Nicholson and Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger would kowtow to him. He was the number-one guy, period, culturally, in music. I remember the Montreux gigs [soon to be released on DVD] as being especially good for us. Miles at that point—sometimes he wouldn’t play; he had a social life that was happening, going to rock star parties and stuff, and I don’t think he played that much. But when we went out on tour, he really got his chops up. And for Montreux, we’d been playing a couple weeks.” Read the full interview

The Beginning of World Music

13 Sep

My regular column in All About Jazz was just launched, it looks at “Eastern Sounds” a classic album by Yusef Lateef that passed the 50 year mark this September.

If you’re a Derek Trucks, Miles Davis, Duane Allman, John Coltrane, Jimmy Herring fan and you haven’t yet encountered Yusef Lateef, check out  one of the first forays into World Music

R.I.P. Dan Peek, Founding Member of America

30 Jul

Dan Peek, a founding member of soft-rock trio America, which shot to the top of the pop charts in the 1970s with bouncy, lightweight hits including “A Horse With No Name,” “Ventura Highway” and “Sister Golden Hair,” died Sunday at his home in Farmington, Mo., outside St. Louis. He was 60. Continue reading

Tedeschi Trucks Band: So what does Revelator reveal?

19 Jun

Two wings of equal strength endow a bird with the capacity to truly soar. This principle also helps to explain why Revelator (Sony, 2011), the debut album of the Tedeschi Trucks Band, has soared to #1 for blues releases on Amazon, #2 in rock, and #3 in all of music. This band brings together vocalist Susan Tedeschi, whose previous release in 2009 earned her a Grammy nomination, with slide guitarist Derek Trucks, who won the Grammy for his 2009 release. What’s particularly striking in this pairing is how evenly matched these exceptional talents are. Continue reading