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  • What To Look Out For at This Year’s 63rd Annual Newport Jazz Festival

    The Newport Jazz Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary this summer, promising three full days of exceptional live musical performances across multiple stages at Fort Adams Park in Newport, Rhode Island from Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. Under new artistic directorship Read more….

  • Review: The Jazz & Blues Art Box

    The roots of jazz — according to sources such as scholars, musicians and jazz aficionados — derive from a “union of African and European music.” Connecting the American origins of the birth of jazz music dates back to New Orleans about 100 years ago — and its most important...

  • Review BLO’s “The Rake’s Progress”

    On a night where Stravinsky’s music was to take the stage in Boston Lyric Opera’s new production of the his opera The Rake’s Progress at the Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theater, there was additional anticipation for the character of the composer himself to appear as part of the production. He was...

  • Leonard Cohen – A Reflection

    Leonard Cohen – A Reflection by David Coomber In a world of light beer Leonard Cohen was a full bodied red wine, in a world of puppy love in the corner coffee bar, Cohen was Romeo and Juliet played out in the steamy heat of a Verona night he was...

  • GALADRIELLE ALLMAN’S – “PLEASE BE WITH ME: A SONG FOR MY FATHER”

    “These are some of the first hand acknowledgements that have come to describe Duane Allman, his guitar playing, his musicianship, and finding few other peers (i.e. Hendrix, Clapton, Page) – a definition in itself of being exceptional. Following in parallel, is the consideration of the explosive creativity signified by...

  • JAZZ ‘AT HOME’ ON THE HUDSON – JAZZ IN THE VALLEY

    Please checkout my latest Post on Fresh Independence. Jazz “at home” on the Hudson Jazz in the Valley Wayras Park, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. August Summer of 2016 Imagine a weekend picnic with family and friends, with the setting of a sprawling lawn at an historic state park, with the backdrop...

  • Review of John Fogerty Memoir

    JOHN FOGERTY MEMOIR – FORTUNATE SON John Fogerty’s memoir “ Fortunate Son” By Doug Hall “The sound of it! Like a bolt to the brain.” …. A recollection of the first time he heard a song and it stuck – at 5 years old – still clear for the...