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In Conversations – Restive Soul with Kyle Nasser

Kyle Nasser‘s debut album Restive Soul, drew it’s title from a quote by the French political thinker and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, who had attributed his pursuit of politics to his own “restive and insatiable soul”. Author of “Democracy in America” as well, once said that “Life is

Meet the Makers – The Colors of Jazz with Bonnie Johnson

This past Sunday, I went to visit my friend, Bonnie Johnson, at the studio of WICN 90.5FM, where she hosts the show The Color of Jazz.  They had a special program titled Woman of the Jazz Age: Weaving Their Story through Contemporary Voices: a program

In Conversations – Words and Verses with Yoko Miwa

It was love at first sight for Yoko Miwa with the piano, she was four years old and she has not stopped playing ever since. Just like some of her original compositions with lyrical titles, the opulent and simmering piano sound like poetry – poignant,

Jazz at Scullers -Roy Haynes and The Fountain of Youth

“The fountain of youth with the youthful young musician is one meaning, and the fountain of youth with the youthful energy of the leader is another meaning.” – Roy Haynes Boston’s own, Roy Haynes, the iconic drummer is turning 90 years young next week on

In Conversations- Sense and Sensibility with Layth Sidiq

A young Layth, courtesy of the artist. It is a palette of luminous sound when Layth plays; whether as a soloist, in a quartet, among a large ensemble, or within a symphony orchestra. There are these waves of reverberations offset in silence and stream with

Coming Events – The Music of Persia at Berklee

“I deeply believe in music’s endless potential to connect us with one another and bring us to this peaceful place of oneness from where we all come…”

Jazz at Scullers – Allan Harris “Black Bar Jukebox”

Tony Bennett has called Allan Harris “my favorite singer”. Allan is coming to Scullers on February 27th for two shows at 8pm and 10 pm. He will be performing songs from his newest album Black Bar Jukebox.

On Set with Erin – A Tribute to John Coltrane

It was right after another snow storm and one of the coldest nights in New England when Leland Baker and his band played Coltrane’s A Love Supreme at Aurora, Providence. People showed up and the band played their heart out. Ben Shaw spoke before the concert. Ben

Aaron Goldberg Coming to Cambridge

Aaron Goldberg has a new album and it’s called The Now. He is someone I have seen playing with other bands but not his own. Christian McBride nick-named him “My man” and “Goldberg Variations” on his NPR for Jazz in America, and said proudly that

Thoughts and Reflections – The Power of Black Music

In July of 2013 I was asked to speak at the African Meeting House. The title of my talk was “The Power of Black Music.” Thanks to Beverly Morgan-Welch, the Museum of African American History‘s chief executive officer and Lynn DuVal Luce, the Museum’s Director