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Kevin O'Connor
Saying goodbye is never easy. Life after 50 has been full of more twists and detours than I imagined in my 20’s. Just when I thought I’d settled into the final chapters of my career in radio, an opportunity for change came my way recently. I have accepted a full time position as a classical...
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Is it Jazz? Always a loaded question, it seems to be increasingly so with the passage of time. As I age, I am becoming less likely to engage in impassioned quarrels or trying to answer that conundrum. I mention this because over the Thanksgiving week, I found myself in the scenic venue of Papa Charlie’s...
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    This week, I was just coming up with a clever joke.  Just one of the things I do to amuse myself and break the tedium. I thought of a tagline for Blue Note Records: “Home of All the Rap Hits.” Which, of course, is tongue in cheek. But it does feel sometimes like...
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Nubya Garcia was born in 1991 in Camden Town, London. She was the youngest of four siblings, to a Guyanese mother, a former civil servant, and a British Trinidadian filmmaker father. It doesn’t get much more diverse than that when you factor in her musical pedigree. Garcia has said her home life with her stepdad,...
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“Iconic” is an overwrought word. As are “legendary,” “genius,” and probably a few others. One problem is that they tend to overemphasize mediocrity. In the case of Pete Escovedo, the terms fall short. How about dynasty? That’s a start and far more apt.   The Afro-Caribbean roots of Pete Escovedo’s ancestors run deep. But for...
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BADBADNOTGOOD, besides being the only band I know of to employ the caps-lock strategy, is unique in countless other ways. Ones that matter, I daresay.  Chiefly in their approach to music, which sets them apart from more than a few up and comers in this generation of jazz.            They employ...
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  Nate Smith knows his way around a drum set. That is possibly the least of his skills and definitely not the highest on his resume ranking. Nevertheless, it warrants a mention. All too many drummers that become band leaders can forget that they are timekeepers, or need to be sometimes. This should not preempt...
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    You may have noticed I’ve been on and off the air more than usual lately. I’m mainly resting myself for the upcoming pledge drive. That kicks off Friday with The Morning Show. We’ll need lots of energy and good vibes to make and surpass our goals. I can’t wait to read your name...
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The bigger the legend, the more prolific the tributes. When piano giant Chick Corea passed away last spring it took the music world by complete surprise. His close friends and family knew he’d been ill. Anytime that happens, fittingly, posthumous tributes from colleagues, cronies and fans tend to roll in. More than most musicians of...
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Q: Where does a massive rhino sleep? A: Anywhere it wants to. Please forgive the “Dad joke” intro. But trust me, it fits. Joey De Francesco is arguably the greatest living Hammond B-3 organ player. Many would remove the “arguably” qualifier. The son of B-3 great “Papa” John DeFancesco, Joey is a gifted player and...
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