Here’s the top-selling contemporary jazz albums, according to Billboard magazine, in mid-July of years past.
25 years ago: Larry Carlton, Alone/But Never Alone
15 years ago: Quincy Jones, Q’s Jook Joint
10 years ago: Brian Culbertson, Nice and Slow
5 years ago: Wayman Tisdale, Way Up
NewsOK.com reports on the latest in Wayman Tisdale’s battle with cancer. The former basketball star and chart-topping contemporary jazz bassist had the lower part of his right leg removed on Monday. It’s expected that the surgery will eliminate the disease. Although he’s now resting at his home in Tulsa, he plans on quick rebound. Tisdale wants to get back on tour later this fall and host the Smooth Jazz Cruise in January. “There’s a lot more music inside me,” Tisdale said, “and once I am back on my feet, I look forward to sharing my joy with my fans, friends and fellow musicians.”
Special Report by Clifford Beck
Hot. Of all the music and sights I saw during the CJF weekend, what stuck in my mind was the heat. It was hotter than hell during that weekend. But the music made up for it. That, and a lot of water.
Read on for Clifford Beck’s recap of performances by Brian Culbertson and the Funk Experience, Spyro Gyra, Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, Alton Merrell, B.K. Jackson, Wayman Tisdale, Four80East, Down to the Bone, Joe Sample and Randy Crawford, and Ken Ford. Continue reading “Capital Jazz Fest 2008”