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Roland Hanna

I overlooked the wonderful piano playing of pianist Roland Hanna while he was alive and have only recently begun to enjoy his recordings. His music has a family resemblance to that of his Detroit colleagues Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan and Barry Harry but it has its own distinctive personality. His solo recordings are very satisfying […]

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Hallo Deutschland

Seit sieben Jahren studiere ich Deutsch und ich kann nun fast fließend auf Deutsch lesen, schreiben und reden. Warum? Ich brauchte eine neue Herausforderung und ein Hobby und ein Leben ohne die Fähigkeit eine Fremdsprache zu wissen hat mir nicht gefallen. Mithilfe Apps wie Duolingo, Memrise und Yabla hatte ich A2 Niveau erreicht. Ich hatte […]

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NEW CD NOVEMBER 26

I’m excited to announce the upcoming release of my new CD “Very Well & Good” occurring on November 26-my 60th birthday- on Cornerstone Records Inc. featuring my regular quartet of Reg Schwager, Amanda Tosoff and Morgan Childs with special guests the tenor saxophonists Mike Murley and Pat LaBarbera. I think it is the best recording […]

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I’m back.

I hope everyone is surviving this COVID-19 marathon. It’s been hard for all of us, I’m sure. Not being able to perform live engagements has giving me plenty of time to read, listen, walk, study and work on music. Happily I’ve been able to practice the bass at least 3 hours a day since March […]

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Performing at the Rex in Toronto

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Anatoly Lyadov(Liadov)

This Russian composer of the late 19th century wrote some lovely piano music, mostly short pieces. Many are very beautiful. On YouTube listen to versions of his Prelude Opus 57 #1 and his bminor Prelude OP. 11. Very exquisite stuff. Tell me what you think.

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Time please!

I need time to practice bass and piano, sight-read new music, listen to music, study scores,  transcribe solos, jam, read books, rehearse, teach for money, and do gigs. … and a life outside music.   Time please!    

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Yulianna Avdeeva, Chopin and Dang Thai Son

I have been enjoying filmed performances on You Tube of contestants in the 2010 International Chopin competition, particularly those of the winner Yulianna Avdeeva. Aside  from the brilliant athleticism of her playing, Avdeeva gets a huge range of colour out of the Yamaha, confirming my belief that the piano is a universe in itself. If […]

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Get off yo’ ass and hear some live music!

My colleagues and I would far rather perform music than get paid to talk about it. Your attendance at live shows guarantees the continuance of the music. There are  jazz gigs going on around town all the time in all kinds of places.  Check these venues out even if you have to drive 20 minutes […]

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