Interview

Jim Richter discusses the jazz-rock 'Metamorphosis' of new album

Jim Richter bridges jazz and progressive rock style and substance on his latest album, Metamorphosis. Playing guitar and keyboards, Richter paints indelible visuals in the mind.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?

Interview

Pianist Sam Post reveals ragtime roots of new album

Hailing from Washington, D.C., Sam Post is a pianist, composer, and teacher whose new album, Dizzy Days: Ragtime Piano by Sam Post, William Bolcom, and Scott Joplin, was among 2017's most engaging releases.

Q: What is the most personal special track on Dizzy Days and why?

Interview

Composer/guitarist Charlie Rauh discusses the heart of improvisational jazz on new album

Charlie Rauh is a New York-based composer/guitarist whose latest album, Viriditas, explores an adventurous, improvisational side of contemporary jazz.

Q: How did you become interested in music?

Live Review

New Year's Eve at Levon Helm's House: Happy 2018

Levon Helm on December 31, 2017

Levon Helm at Mountain Jam, not so long ago, photo by me.

How many Midnight Rambles have I gone to at Levon Helm's home on Plochmann Lane in Woodstock, New York, from 2004 until the present day? Suffice it to say, simply, more than a hundred. Other folks went many more times during Levon's lifetime, and have gone more than I since his passing in April 2012. I've thought of the shows at "the Barn" as concerts, these days, but don't in my head pin the word "Ramble" to them without Levon there, without his regular band members around him.

Interview

Canada-based singer/songwriter Cayla Brooke reveals roots in blues and Barbra Streisand

Canada-based singer/songwriter Cayla Brooke balances a hybrid of jazz, rock, and blues. Her new album, Plush Red Chair, plumbs the depths of  her personal life while reflecting her diverse musical inspirations.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?

Live Review

X Celebrates Their 40th Anniversary at the Showbox in Seattle

X on December 27, 2017

X performing at the Showbox in Seattle to celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

Closing out my 2017, I was excited to once again catch one of my favorite bands from my youth. Hard to believe, but here was X, who in 1977 started playing gigs in Los Angeles clubs like the Masque, Club Lingerie, Madame Wong’s, the Starwood, and Country Club. Hard to believe that 40 years has gone by so quickly.

Interview

Interview: Singer/songwriter Robyn Christian

Robyn Christian is a singer/songwriter based in New Mexico. Her songs reflect a variety of stylistic influences including Contemporary Christian Music, pop, jazz, R&B, and soul.

Q: What was your introduction to music? How old were you, and how did it affect you?

Live Review

The Brian Setzer Orchestra – Christmas Rocks! Tour 2017 at The Paramount Theatre

The Brian Setzer Orchestra on December 26, 2017

The Brian Setzer Orchestra in full swing at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle.

Christmas 2017 in Seattle could not have been complete without the annual performance by The Brian Setzer Orchestra at The Paramount Theatre. As I walked up to the venue, there were four tour buses and a couple of semis taking up the street and fans streaming into the venue to celebrate the holiday season.

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