Stuff I’ve been working on

| September 29, 2009

I’m writing about jazz again. Just cobbled together a feature about Cleveland-based jazz saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio, who’s working his new CD, Modern Times. Just wrote a short about Fra Fra Sound, an Amsterdam septet whose Dya So CD is cool world music. These are for Scene. I’m also writing debut columns for a yet-to-be-announced, Cleveland-based […]

Will crying help?

| September 17, 2009

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cried about the body politic today, it reminded me of the day in January 2008 when then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton grew misty during a New Hampshire campaign stop. Clinton intimated tears when a woman asked her how she bore up under the campaign strain. Pelosi quivered when she compared today’s […]

Raspberries, James Gang come together

| September 16, 2009

They always do the second Sunday of every September, when rock musicians who constitute the cream of legacy Cleveland bands get together in Russell at the country home of Buddy and Carol Maver. Members of the Raspberries, the James Gang, associates of the Michael Stanley Band, Rastus, Wild Horses, The Secret, and more blast through […]

Thanks, Woody Herman

| September 14, 2009

These Woody Herman recordings from the early to mid-’60s boast modernist arrangements, spectacular solos and a judicious selection of pop covers. These roaring, democratic dates suggest that Herman was a thoughtful sort capable of switching between incendiary soloing and giving his great players plenty of solo room themselves. The Mosaic Select box resurrects three albums […]

Jazz on my mind

| September 13, 2009

I saw Barbara Dennerlein Friday in a church and Saturday in a jazz club. She plays pipe organ in churches and the Hammond B-3 in jazz clubs. She swings, singularly and unforgettably, in both. At Fairmount Presbyterian, the petite, 45-year-old German phenomenon played for about an hour and a half, traversing a desultory blues, a […]

About the author

I'm a veteran critic and business writer who reads and listens and writes about music, books, hotels and travel. I've been in the business for many years and still enjoy it. My pride and joy is my book, Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories. Follow me on Twitter: