started feeling empathy for bass players many years ago when I realized that low-noters were replacing drummers in the
jokes that musicians like to tell. As a drummer, I was relieved when an old joke such as, "How do you
know when a stage is perfectly level? — the drummer is drooling from both corners of his
mouth," was changed to make bass players the objects of ridicule. But it also occurred to me that it was
a positive development for people to be thinking about bassists at all.
Among the adds to the Jazz 88 Music Library this week are the latest from stalwarts Eliane Elias and Wallace Roney, in addition to lots of new names. You can hear all of the New on The New Jazz Thing @Jazz88 this Monday, May 20, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM PT! The full list of the New is after the split, but here's Eliane Elias introducing her new Chet Baker tribute album "I Thought About You"...
Today, May 14, 2013 is, believe it or nutz, the 15th anniversary of the death of the Chairman of the Board, Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Hoboken Hurricane, the Ring-a-Ding-Ding Singer, the Saloon Tune Tycoon, the Sage of the Stage, the King Kong of Song, the Italian Rapscallion — for gawd’s sake, somebody stop me...
Wayne Riker: San Diego guitarist and TNJT alum has a new disc out, "Kindred Souls" (SD Troubadour Review), will break news on the upcoming 2014 CD already in the final planning stage, and a unique one-man show in the works, among other New Things!
Ben Wanicur: Another San Diegan, this time a bassist, making new music on his latest release "The Excluded Middle" which he will be releasing at a CD party on Friday, May 17 at Dizzy's San Diego (review and info on CD release show). We'll get to know Ben and chat about all this and more!
The title and theme of my show on Sunday, May 12, 2013 (3-5 p.m. PDT) is “Deja Entendu”. You know that “deja vu” (French for “already seen”) is that strange feeling that you’ve experienced something in the exactly the same way before. “Deja Entendu” is the sense that you’ve heard something before. The theme was inspired by an email I received in February from Erie, Pennsylvania-based jazz guitarist and music store proprietor Jim Lynch. He was listening to the streaming version of my show when I aired pianist Benny Green’s tune, “Benny's Crib”. Until I identified the artist and the track, Jim assumed that he was listening to an interesting arrangement of the Jimmy Giuffre composition, “Four Brothers”.