Soul rising

| June 19, 2012

Last Friday, I sent off a chapter about Motown and its relationship to Cleveland soul music. It went to an editor at an academic press in the South who said he’d get back to me about it first week in July. Here’s hoping. Motown’s Fateful Shadow is the longest chapter I’ve written yet, and it’s […]

Worries and opportunities

| June 13, 2012

Missed my blog entry yesterday. Woke up midway through the night anxious about it, so here it is. Just read a story about how Romney is seizing on Obama’s misspeakings, painting the president as out of touch. No matter that gaffemeister Romney is genetically out of touch himself. What matters is that Romney’s turning the […]

Keeping in rhythm

| June 5, 2012

So I don’t miss my commitment, here’s my weekly blog. Believe it or not, it’s again about Invisible Soul. On Sunday, I headlined a two-hour program of Invisible Soul tracks largely based on Boddie Recording Company, the three-CD set Numero Group released in November. I, Shari and Jeff also included some tracks friends have given […]

Signs of spring

| March 30, 2011

It’s March 30, and it snowed. Just a few inches, but still. Goes against what I’m doing, which is reviving, getting a full head of steam: writing for Lodging Hospitality again, rejoining the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra board (there are some wrinkles to work out) and producing a lot for ohioauthority. I’m also developing a proposal […]

For the record

| September 5, 2010

I’m on my way to the Detroit Jazz Festival yesterday to cover it for Jazz Times and the tire pressure warning light on my Scion xB is on. Car’s riding OK, but still. I try to inflate the tires myself, but I’ve never been good at that (I’m even less mechanical than my father was). […]

Keeping up with Sean Jones

| July 8, 2009

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but it’s exciting nevertheless: Sean Jones, a charismatic young trumpet virtuoso with fabulous leadership abilities, is the new artistic director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra. He’s actually interim artistic director, because he’s testing the Cleveland waters to see whether becoming official artistic director of the CJO will fit in with […]

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