Seeing the gathering of living presidents at the George H.W. Bush funeral today made me think of the inauguration of Bill Clinton. That monster gathering of super-saxmen: Sanborn, Brecker, Mulligan, Washington, Jr., Albright, G, Whalum…
I’ve posted over 500 tweets of contemporary jazz news, release dates, and site information on Twitter in the last few months. It’s how I communicate quick contemporary jazz items of interest. In today’s quick-moving world, this is how I get most of my information – through brief, one-sentence notifications. Later, I can go back and read more about something or compose a blog post. Follow my tomorrowjazz tweets on Twitter!
I keep a list of my most recent tweets here on the site, but here are some items you might have missed.
- Smooth jazz takes another blow as The Weather Channel replaces it with classic rock for Weather on the 8’s.
- Miroslav Vitous’ new CD honors Weather Report http://is.gd/1oYMf
- New release from jazz pianist Eldar coming August 25. Called Virtue, it has guests Nicholas Payton and Joshua Redman.
- Pandora and three others might be ok but that doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing Internet radio. http://is.gd/1sYhv
- Mike Stern’s Big Neighborhood out 8/11 w/ Dave Weckl, MMW, Steve Vai, Esperanza Spalding, Eric Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, and more.
- B.B. King calls George Benson “the best guitarist in the world in all kinds of music.” http://is.gd/1yQhp
- One of today’s greatest jazz composers, Terence Blanchard, releases Choices on August 18th. Recorded in New Orleans. http://is.gd/1zHt7
- Chuck Owen & The Jazz Surge release The Comet’s Tail: Playing The Compositions of Michael Brecker on 8/11 w/guest stars. http://is.gd/1AYmC
- Pat Metheny writes about his upcoming “orchestrionics” recording. It’s going to be interesting. http://is.gd/1L7tI
- Far Out Recordings-Brazilian Music Sampler Free at Amazon MP3 Store. With Marcos Valle, Joyce, Azymuth, Sabrina Malheiros. http://bacn.me/9ja
- Didn’t know Larry Carlton was joining Steely Dan on six dates during their current tour.
Modern day saxophone giant died today of leukemia. I’ve posted about his battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a cancer in which the bone marrow stops producing enough healthy blood cells. The disease, known as MDS, often progresses to leukemia. His call for a donor led me to learn about bone marrow donation and register with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) in case I could be of help to him or anyone else.
I loved Michael’s powerful sound. The man could burn on the sax like few I’ve heard. I was impressed to read that he finished one last recording (maybe playing EWI if I remember the JazzTimes article from a few months ago correctly) two weeks ago. It’s a testament to not only the power of his sound but of his will as well. Rest in peace, Michael. My thoughts are with his brother Randy, his wife Susan, and the rest of his family.
This info comes from Randy Brecker and has been posted online.
Michael is in hospital for a round of chemo and then a bone marrow transplant. Doctors remain optimistic and you can send cards or letters to Mike at the following address:
Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Here’s hoping everything goes well…