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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

In Conversations – Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading

This year, the 20th-Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading was happening on Langston Hughes’ birthday. This annual event was coordinated by Anne Edmonds Clanton, and co-sponsored by RISD Museum, RISD’s Writing Center, and Literary Arts & Studies Department. I was able to catch up with

Roberta Gambarini

Jazz at Scullers – Welcome Back Roberta Gambarini

In the midst of the winter storm, I’m really looking forward to the return of  Roberta Gambarini and her quartet this coming Friday and Saturday at Scullers Jazz Club. She will have Eric Reed on piano, Ameen Saleem on bass, and the legendary Jimmy Cobb on

Shilpa Ananth

In Conversations – Heart to Heart with Shilpa Ananth

I first met Shilpa Ananth when she was at Berkelee School of Music and where she was performing as part of the Berklee Indian Ensemble. An ensemble was founded in 2011 by the amazing Annette Philip where the mission reads “The Indian Ensemble is more

Coming Events – A Love Supreme with Leland Baker

When Leland told me he was going to play the entire album of A Love Supreme, I knew I had to chat with him. Tell me about yourself? Well, I was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Cultural diversity was something very big and

Joe Louis Walker

On Set with Erin – Joe Louis Walker

It was nippy night in Cambridge but the blues set at the Regattabar was slamming. The Blues Hall Of Fame member and Alligator recording artist Joe Louis Walker and his band were on fire. His latest CD, Hornet’s Nest, is a must have.

Eric Jackson and Erin X. Smithers

Welcome to Follow the Soul Trane

Hello Friends! Eric and I are pleased to announce the launch of our new blog: Follow the Soul Trane! We will be featuring categories including: In Conversations, Eric on the Radio, Meet the Makers, On Set with Erin, Memories to Keep, Coming Events, Essential Links, Working Together, and more.