RIP Lena Horne

Ground-breaking singer Lena Horne died in New York yesterday. One of the first records I promoted was “Stormy Weather” by Fats Comet. Here’s the most famous version.

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Concord Music Group Buys Rounder Records

Yesterday, Concord Music Group made the surprise announcement that they had purchased Rounder Records, the Massachusetts-based folk and roots label now in its fortieth year. The two labels will combine to create the “the world’s preeminent independent music company” (see press release below). Both labels have historically focused on adult listeners. Jazz/r&b and classic rock […]

Ernest Ranglin takes Manhattan

Herbie Miller, the famous reggae impresario, hosted a great event last night at City College, a lecture and concert entitled “In Search of the Lost Riddim: Jamaican Jazz Fusion” starring the immortal guitarist, Ernest Ranglin and a coterie of history-making musicians from Jamaica. As you can see (or at least hear) in the video above, […]

Monk's Instructions to His Band

watt sent over this incredible artifact: Thelonious Monk‘s “advice” for his band! I don’t know where it comes from or if Monk had someone write it for him, but it’s dated 1960 at the top and is pretty fascinating.

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