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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 and George Harrison, many thought, Continue reading “Rediscovering Leon Russell”

John Baptiste

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! Continue reading “What’s the deal with John Baptiste?”

How music started

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 initiated sounds that convey emotion. Take hand-clapping, probably the first rhythmic instrument, it can be done softly or loudly, Continue reading “Music is a Part of Us”