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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…

Gatemouth

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…

Jazz funeral

It was the Jazz funeral opening scene in Live and Let Die that so captivated me, a kid living a world away — the dirge, the sashay, the exuberance — a love affair that has never dimmed. Thus I’m very pleased to learn about this crowd-funded work-in-progress City of a Million Dreams (H/T OffBeat). I’d imagine…