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Michael Cogswell

Message from the Louis Armstrong House Museum. The LAHM and the Armstrong archives at Queens are my two favourite stops whenever I’m in New York. Moreover, Michael hired the very excellent Ricky Riccardi. JazzLouis Armstronglouis armstrong houseMichael CogswellRicky Riccardi

Doreen Ketchens and Ricky Riccardi

Good to see Doreen &c. featured in the latest issue of OffBeat. I’ve spoken to her several times when I’ve come across her cnr. Royal and St. Peter. As she says, she is typically asked “‘What do you have new?’ So we try to do an album every year.” This article sheds much light on Doreen’s…


The maestro — born on this day. I pretty much have all of his back catalogue going back to the 50s. bluegrassbluesCajunClarence “Gatemouth” Browncountryfiddlefunk zydekoguitarJazzLouisianaSwingtexas

Bowie’s Piano Man and Guitar Man

I had the pleasure of seeing maestros Mike Garson and Earl Slick in a relatively intimate hall (less than a thousand capacity) from two yards away. What a treat to see up close the skill of the original musicians of two of the most challenging and memorable of instrumental pieces. Needless to say, one of…

Tour of Pops’ House

This is my favourite stop whenever I’m in NYC (Corona) — the house and garden gives off a profoundly calming vibe (in person it is very intimate and not as large as one might presume). Here is master biographer, archivist and blogger Ricky Riccardi leading the tour and moreover explaining how he came to be the…