Jim Allchin is an American guitarist and computer scientist. He grew up on a farm in the deep South, left to earn Masters/Doctorate degrees from Stanford University and Georgia Institute of Technology, and went on to become a world-recognized leader in Computer Science and software. While growing up in the south, he fell in love […]

Jim Allchin – Costa Azul — Smooth Jazz Daily

Back in 1982 Bruce Springsteen released “Nebraska,” his sixth studio album. It’s the perfect example of “barebones.” Springsteen played all the instruments himself: guitar, harmonica, mandolin, glockenspiel, tambourine, Hammond organ and synths. He even recorded the album himself at home on a small 4-track Teac cassette machine. Stuck with how to get chords that fit…

Simplicity Is Often the Main Ingredient in Songwriting Innovation — The Essential Secrets of Songwriting

Diana Kacso (1953-2022) was a Brazilian pianist.You may read her obituary here: https://www.tributearchive.com/obituaries/24183633/diana-da-silva-kacso

Chopin: Impromptu in F sharp major Op. 36 – Diana Kacso, 1975 Chopin Competition – Muza SX 1337 — davidhertzberg

My music is concerned with my feelings about life, expressed to the best of my ability in melody, harmony and counterpoint, and in a form that I hope conveys what I intended.

“My music is concerned with my feelings about life, expressed to the best of my ability in melody, harmony and counterpoint” – David Matthews, composer — The Cross-Eyed Pianist

Paul Badura-Skoda (6 October 1927 – 25 September 2019) was an Austrian pianist. Jörg Demus (2 December 1928 – 16 April 2019) was an Austrian classical pianist who appeared internationally and made many recordings. More Mozart: Walter Klien (1928-1991)No. 1 in C major KV 279 https://youtu.be/ShOf_y9EGSINo. 2 in F major KV 280 https://youtu.be/w7u4Zuc1_hgNo. 3 in…

Mozart: Fugue in G minor KV 401 – Jorg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, 1961 – MHS 1296 — davidhertzberg

3n Matthew Shipp Trio (MS, piano, composition; Michael Bisio, bass; Whit Dickey, drums), “Root of Things,” live, Troy, N.Y., 2014 ********** lagniappe random sights other day, Oak Park, Ill.

Thursday, May 12th — music clip of the day

Sean Jones presented a peer-to-peer jazz educational performance hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. Jones performed and educated alongside three other jazz educators. The performance was livestreamed from the US Department of Education and the Herbie Hancock Institute website.

Sean Jones Presents Jazz Education Program with Herbie Hancock Institute — The Peabody Post

Sean Jones presented a peer-to-peer jazz educational performance hosted by the U.S. Department of Education and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. Jones performed and educated alongside three other jazz educators. The performance was livestreamed from the US Department of Education and the Herbie Hancock Institute website.

Sean Jones Presents Jazz Education Program with Herbie Hancock Institute — The Peabody Post

Guest post by William Howard Two years ago I wrote some words on Howard Skempton’s piano music for this site, having just recorded a cycle of 24 Preludes and Fugues that he had written for me in 2019. Skempton was inspired to write these pieces after hearing (and reviewing) my recording of another cycle of […]

“Written on an epic scale” – Introducing Pavel Novák’s 24 Preludes & Fugues — The Cross-Eyed Pianist

The String Duets in the Great Scott! Joplin for Two Musicians are also available as a digital download. If you are in a hurry, you can be practicing the opening theme of five pieces today. Augustan Club Waltz, The Chrysanthemum, The Easy Winners, The Entertainer, and Weeping Willow are included in the collection for Violin […]

Scott Joplin String Duets — Miriam Troxler

Artist. Piece. Composer. CD title. Date. Label Seth Josel. Arien IV, Solo Music for Guitar: III. Tarantella. Sidney Corbett. Long Distance. 1995. Composers Recordings Inc Sauro Berti. Blue Pea. Sidney Bailin. In Tandem Solos & Duos. 2019. Navona Records Duo Gazzana. Theme et variations for violin and piano. Olivier Messiaen. Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen. 2018. […]

Playlist 2 May — Listen Adventurously

Bobby Ge (MM ’20, Composition) and Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei (MM ’17, Composition) have been selected as the grand prize winners of the New York Youth Symphony’s (NYYS) First Music Commission in the orchestra and chamber music categories, respectively. They will be composing new works to be premiered by the NYYS in Carnegie Hall and the […]

Bobby Ge and Daniel Reza Sabzghabaei Win New York Youth Symphony Grand Prizes — The Peabody Post

The new orchestral piece is basically finished but some final polishes are still needed. Today I worked on the brass section, and in particular, its articulations and phrasing. I realized that in a couple of places I ignored the trumpets’ need to breathe, so I punched a few holes in the entire brass section and […]

The Brass Section — Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

One of the greatest pianists in history died yesterday at the age of seventy-six, after a long illness. I heard him and wrote about him many times, always struggling to grasp the elemental mystery of his sound and style. None of the verbiage seems adequate in retrospect, but I tried my utmost. From a New…

For Radu Lupu — Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise

Twenty-nine years ago, the American Diva Jazz Orchestra performed for the first time. Since then they have appeared on various stages nationally and internationally, such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club, Symphony Halls in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Cleveland, and at the Hollywood Bowl. International that became hotel […]

The DIVA Jazz Orchestra Swings Broadway — Smooth Jazz Daily

Bassist Byron Miller shares the fate of many sidemen who play with the superstars without the fame promotes their reputation significantly. He performed with George Duke, Roy Ayers Ubiquity, Santana, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample and The Crusaders, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, and Luther Vandross. In 2015 he released Psycho Bass, the fourth of his solo career after Git Wit […]

Byron Miller – Real Love Psycho Bass 3 — Smooth Jazz Daily

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that until 2014, I’d hardly heard of Ukraine at all. Even now, I know very little so I decided to learn. But where to begin? Then today, I read a BBC article about young Ukrainian musicians becoming the voices of their country: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-60586817 Music has always been […]

Music from Ukraine – Khrystyna Soloviy — Meeka’s Mind

Jörg Demus (2 December 1928 – 16 April 2019) was an Austrian classical pianist who appeared internationally and made many recordings. He was also a composer and a lecturer at music academies. In composition and playing, he focused on chamber music and lieder. He played with singers such as Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, as…

Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 in G flat major (D. 899/3) – Jorg Demus, 1963 – DG SLPEM 136 007 — davidhertzberg

It’s never seemed more accurate. Thank you, Tamar, Jon-Erik, Mark, and Kevin. Thank you, Johnny Richards (music) and Carolyn Leigh (lyrics): Fairy tales CAN come true. May your happiness increase!

“HERE IS THE BEST PART”: TAMAR KORN, JON-ERIK KELLSO, MARK SHANE, KEVIN DORN (Cellar Dog, March 16, 2022) — JAZZ LIVES