Monthly Archives: February 2014

It’s What I Do

This is my credo as a patron of the arts these past 50+ years. I have attended over 425 live concerts and never once have I paid a scalper for my tickets. That includes electronic scalpers such as StubHub, not a penny, ever.

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Exciting Santana News!


Rod Stewart and Santana Live In Concert

Last year Santana conducted an East Coast tour with The Allman Brothers. We saw that event twice, once in New Jersey at the PAC and next in Hartford. It was a very satisfying gig with Carlos Santana jamming with Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks.

This year Santana is teaming up with Rod Stewart for a series of shows called The Voice, The Guitar, The Songs which will cover the U.S. and Canada markets.

I like the two superstars on one card. Rod Stewart is the first rock headline vocalist I ever saw at The Fillmore East way back in 1969. Rod Stewart appeared as the lead singer for The Jeff Beck Group. I loved the contrast of Rod Stewart ever the dandy set against two excellent guitarists, Jeff Beck and Ron Wood.

I have been eager to see Rod Stewart perform live with a stellar guitarist. I trust Rod Stewart will collaborate with Carlos Santana.

Cover Art, Release Date for Corazon

I love the art and graphic design that accents Santana’s recordings.  I wrote about Santana Art and Artists in 2012. The vibrant electric colors are strikingly evident on the forthcoming Corazon recording.

The concept for Corazon was conceived and designed by Boa Mistura, an art collective based in Madrid, Spain that works primarily on public art pieces, developing projects in South Africa, Norway, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. For more information visit Boa Mistura’s Web site.

The Corazon album release date is May 6th on the RCA/SONY LATIN IBERIA Label.

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Rosanne Cash – Tell Heaven

I love when a song creates a spiritual resonance inside the music of our heart. “Tell Heaven” by Rosanne Cash and her husband, John Leventhal is that song. It appears on Rosanne Cash’s new album, The River & The Thread. 

There are times we become disconsolate. I find in the well of deepest despair faith is rewarded as we speak to God and tell heaven of our dilemma. The more we tell heaven a stronger resolve will emerge to help us confront our challenges.

Tell Heaven – Roseanne Cash & John Leventhal

When you’re like a broken bird
Tell heaven
Battered wings against a darkened day
When your worries won’t let you sleep
Tell heaven
When the tears won’t ever go away
If you got no one to love
Tell heaven
There’s no one on the telephone today
When every story falls apart
Tell heaven
Nothing good seems like it’ll come your way
Tell heaven
Tell heaven
With heavy hearts and empty rooms
Tell heaven
You don’t have to know what you will say
The empty sky may never take our burdens
But something good will someday come our way
Tell heaven
Tell heaven
Copyright 2014 Chelcait Music
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Please Be With Me, A Song For My Father, Duane Allman By Galadrielle Allman

Galadrielle Allman’s memoir, PLEASE BE WITH ME is a revelatory meditation on the impact of her father, the legendary guitarist Duane Allman. Not only is this THE definitive biography, with never-before-seen stories, photos, and primary source interviews, it is also a touching and beautifully written story of a daughter searching for her father in the memory of others.

It took her many years to accept that his story and his legacy is hers, so she began to ask for stories–from family, band mates, friends–and they began to flow. The result, as her uncle Gregg Allman says, is a “deep and insightful book;” one that, “came as a revelation to me, as it will to everyone who reads it.”

Galadrielle Allman’s first book about her father will be released on March 4th. The marketplace timing is superb as public interest and sentiment about The Allman Brothers Band will be running high in March.

The Allman Brothers Band will play 14 shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre between March 7 and March 29. The run is likely to be the iconic Southern rockers last at the venue, as Gregg Allman has stated that the group will stop touring after 2014.

Hittin’ the Note, The Allman Brothers Band Web Site offers the best price and related material deal I have found yet for this anticipated book. All pre-orders will receive a free printed copy of Hittin’ The Note Magazine Issue #80 which will feature an in-depth article with Galadrielle Allman.  The Hittin’ The Note pre-order price is $21.00 before shipping and tax are applied. You can pre-order here.


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Artists’ Pay for Radio Play – Rally and Concert

Tomorrow night, February 25, 2014 in New York City there will be an important rally and concert sponsored by the Content Creators Coalition. The free event, Artists’s Pay for Radio Play will be held at (le) poisson rouge in the Village at 185 Bleeker Street. RSVP is closed. This is a general admission, standing event.

The United States is the only democratic country in the world where artists don’t get paid for radio airplay. (Only songwriters receive licensing fees for airplay of their material on AM/FM radio.) Currently, the short list of countries that share the United States’ position on this issue includes: Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda. On February 25th join music makers and music lovers alike in urging Congress to support artists’ pay for radio play.

The New York City Chapter of the Content Creators Coalition is a new group united with the National CCC behind the idea that creators of cultural content need to join forces to make sure there is fairness and dignity for artists in the digital age.

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I Squee for Love Music Again, Wired Interactive Magazine!!!!

Kudos to the Wired Magazine team and Questlove for a well executed focus on digital music and technology. Questlove has become the center point, the grounding agent for music this decade. He is listed as guest DJ on the vibrant cover of the March 2014 issue.

Questlove is more than just a guest DJ as you are probably aware. He has written two extensive books, Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove and Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a GenerationHe is a music professor at NYU Clive Davis teaching a course entitled Classic Albums.

He is leading The Roots as Jimmy Fallon’s house band on The Tonight Show. There are many more music projects Questlove has been involved with and is working upon. How does he juggle these projects is what I want to know 😉

Wired Magazine is available as a Webzine on the Wired Website. It is also available as the classic print edition from Conde Nast Publications. I especially love the technical inroads Wired Magazine has accomplished with Adobe Digital Publishing Solutions as an interactive digital magazine.

I first read the “love music again” special issue as the print hard copy magazine. The color photography by Pari Dukovic is superb. Questlove and the Wired team lead by Peter Rubin have created a visual graphics design masterpiece that is a marvel to discover, explore, discover and gain substantive resources that will increase your music intellect.

I followed up with Wired’s Website but I found the music essay too chopped up in chunks to appreciate that particular deliverable.

The preferred reading and multimedia experience is the Wired App from iTunes. The Wired Magazine March 2014 “Digital” edition is better integrated with Wired Web. It also inserts Questlove video links that embellish the content exponentially. You’ll love the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00’s, 2014 Spotify/YouTube playlists as a backdrop. (The playlists are also accessible through Questlove’s essay on

I had an exciting and pleasurable journey with Questlove/Wired Magazine today through all three media experiences. What an awesome way to share music published technology. I am better informed and educated as a result of this experience.

Each one, teach one, spread it around forever – Questlove

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Punky Reggae Party – Bob Marley


Punky Reggae Party
Punky Reggae Party (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I bought the 12″ single, “Punky Reggae Party” by Bob Marley as an import on the Tuff Gong label. I was managing a record department at Caldors in Stamford, Ct in those days. I could not secure this import single through any of my record distributors. I ended up buying it from the Jamaican Record Store in Stamford which I loved to frequent during lunch time 😉


It is an infectious song that I love to play extensively. Give it a spin on YouTube or Spotify.

One Love!


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Broken Bells

I like the collaborative sound that Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) and James Mercer (The Shins) achieve on their second studio album, After the Disco. 

They made an appearance on The David Letterman Show to kick off The Beatles 50th Anniversary celebration at the Ed Sullivan Theater. I loved how they incorporated Ringo Starr and The Beatles on a black & white TV as the video interlude betwixt them on their haunting rendition of “And I Love Her”.


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Wayne Escoffery Quintet – Live At Firehouse 12

I am fortunate to live close to the  jazz music scene in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. Live jazz music is featured prominently at the Firehouse 12 venue at 45 Crown Street. It has near perfect acoustics warmly accented by a wooden floor architecture in the listening room.

“The pre-eminent spot for improvised music in the region” – Nate Chinen, New York Times

Wayne Escoffery and his quintet returned last year to hometown New Haven, Connecticut to record a live performance at this site. The jazz set they performed is highlighted on the imminent album, Live At Firehouse 12. (March 4th)

Wayne Escoffery is an artist who gives back to the jazz community. Being a teacher myself I fully appreciate the teaching effort Wayne Escoffery provides his students. Wayne currently offers private saxophone lessons from his in home studio and is also available to teach Jazz ensemble classes, theory classes, Jazz improvisation classes, Humanities/Music History Courses and many other music related courses.

He is the author of “A Practical Method of Playing Changes” a method book meant as a clear and practical guide for improvising over common chords and chord progressions, and for developing fluency in all the keys. You can order his book from his Web site,

Wayne Escoffery also has teaching videos at My Music Master Class.

Wayne will be a teaching artist on the saxophone at the Litchfield Jazz Camp which is held July 6-August 8, 2014. I don’t know when he is teaching during that timeframe but I do hope this means he will be performing at the Litchfield Jazz Festival August 8-10 2014. He is not presently listed but perhaps he will be appearing on the agenda. For those of you who are interested the first jazz artist lineup for the Litchfield Jazz Festival was announced yesterday February 19th.

I also noticed that Wayne Escoffery is appearing at The Side Door in Old Lyme, CT on March 1st. Tickets and more information are available here.

I hope I get to cross paths with Wayne Escoffery this year as his new album is way cool as is his catalog of recordings. I love his commitment to the craft. 🙂

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Here Come The Nice, The Immediate Years – The Small Faces

I’ve been viewing the ultimate collection box set, Here Come The Nice, The Immediate Years 1967-1969 from The Small Faces. Box sets always fascinate me from on a content, design and merchandise basis. The purpose of this limited edition (3,000 signed copies) is to commemorate the Small Faces recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

My reaction to the Small Faces box set was positive as I watched Kenny Jones breakdown the merchandising elements I felt compelled to buy one of these sets, (Amazon U.S. $152.90).

• 4 CDs – 75 songs remastered from original tapes
• 72-page hardback book, lavishly illustrated
• 3 rare singles in red, white & blue vinyl
• Olympic Studios 7-inch replica acetate
• 64-page softcover illustrated lyric book
• 5 postcards with rare photos & artwork
Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake facsimile press kit
• 2 large-size reproduction posters
• 2 exclusive Gered Mankowitz fine art prints

Personally signed by Kenney Jones & Ian McLagan – limited to only 3,000 copies worldwide!

“It’s all so beautiful”

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