Blue & Lonesome: The Stones in 3 Days

I remember practicing my drums to a  ‘Under my Thumb’ from the 1966 release of Aftermath. That was a long time ago. Who would have thought that that very same group would still be recording, and releasing a fresh new batch of old blues standards, sounding as good, if not better, than they did in […]

What’s the deal with John Baptiste?

If you’ve ever watched The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you’ve seen John Baptiste. He’s Colbert’s bandleader, pianist, mellotron aficionado that quietly, but very masterfully, brings the Jazz out of the The Late Show’s house band – Stay Human. I hadn’t heard of him before Colbert- but heck, he’s just a kid practically!

Music is a Part of Us

How long have people been playing musical instruments? Who first decided to start singing instead of shouting? In schools, music programs are almost always the first to get the budget ax, symbolizing the low regard some communities have for its importance. According to Jeremy Montagu, of the University of Oxford, says that music is human […]

Rediscovering Leon Russell

It’s been a year since  Leon Russell passed and we all still miss him. Leon Russell has always been one of my major influences. The silver long hair and mirrored sunglasses aside, Russell’s keyboard style and performance charisma were traits to be admired among other keyboardists.  In the early days with Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton […]