Finland is home to a flourishing
circle of improv jazz musicians. The latest CD from that floating cadre opens
in fractured waltz time; one could imagine a couple, weary from sleeplessness
and liqueur, dancing clumsily around the tiny floor of a broken-down café.
Likewise, the smudges of
Whether or not the legends
surrounding Phil Lee as a Cain-raising outlaw are true, his songwriting is
infused with genuine grit and he sings his compositions with authenticity. His
thoughts on broken love and living out of a suitcase
Garage rock first gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1960s and today
garage bands continue to find their way into the mainstream of rock ‘n’ roll.
Perfect for both fans of rock and students of history, Peter Roller’s new book Milwaukee
Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock follows
Considered the poet laureate of
the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes drew on jazz and blues for rhyme,
rhythm and words. His poetry is easily adapted for music and jazz guitarist Ken
Hatfield heard the grooves
Every generation numbers a
minority of kids looking for music in less obvious places. In 1970, blues was
often that place. In that year, a quartet of Whitefish Bay High School students
formed the Stone Cohen Blues Band
A robust local scene is a plus year round, but January is when you really feel thankful for it. Big names and national touring acts are, quite literally, like fair-weather friends. They seem almost omnipresent in the summer
Bob Dylan is
inarguably an American icon, one whose music has transcended the passage of
time, but for many people he’ll forever be a symbol of the promise and problems
of the ’60s, which begs the question
Only a small number of blues musicians are still alive among those who were raised in Mississippi and moved to Chicago in the 1950s to contribute to the modern, electric blues sound and influence other forms of American ...
Taj Mahal gets the legend treatment as Columbia honors the
singer/songwriter/storyteller’s back pages with a hidden treasures/stuff-we-haven’t-made-money...