Ever since I can remember the music of Jimi Hendrix has captured my soul. Going all the way back to 1967 with Purple Haze from the Are You Experienced recording until his latest posthumous studio album, Valleys of Neptune, Jimi Hendrix crosses the space and time continuum as no one else ever will.
My wife and I just listened to a very enjoyable music radio show on WPKN-FM, 89.5 on your FM dial. Chris Frantz, of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club fame has begun hosting a show on the last Friday of the month from 1-4 p.m. E.S.T.
Chris Frantz’s first radio show was gangbusters, the music he played was so well mixed and totally original. His first studio guests were Mystic Bowie who sings and plays with the Tom Tom Club and Mickey Leigh, brother of the late Joey Ramone, who was there to promote his book, I Slept with Joey Ramone. Chris also received a phone call from his good friend Bucks Burnett, who spoke about his Eight Track Museum Project (very cool). Chris played Bucks Burnett’s new recording Rachel Bazooka. I really liked what Bucks Burnett had to say about packaging music as art and leaving all the rest of the information, UPC code, etc. elsewhere. Music is art, art is music!
We encourage you to tune in to future shows. Chris Frantz presents novel music with great, hypnotic beats. He is very knowledgeable in his craft.
The stream rewind can be heard right here. Give this show a listen, you’ll love what you hear!
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.
The woman in history I am honoring today is Dr. Grace Murray Hopper. She accomplished so much as an inventor, a brilliant mathematican and computer programmer. She created the original functional specification and the first complier for COBOL. She was also a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy. I learned of Dr. Grace Murray Hopper during my career at Digital Equipment Corporation(DEC), where she was a senior consultant. I started my career as a DIBOL programmer at DEC in 1983. DIBOL is a derivative of COBOL and Dr. Grace Murray Hopper advised the DIBOL product team extensively.
Read more about Dr. Grace Murray Hopper here. We owe her a debt of gratitude for what she accomplished in both her military and data processing career. A powerful woman of great stature.
Thank you Dr. Grace Murray Hopper, I am in your debt as a career professional in information technology.
Gil Scott-Heron is back. Come listen and feel revolutionary all over again 😉
Be sure to look below at Gil Scott-Heron’s latest video “Me and the Devil”, its very urban New York City.
The Westport Arts Center continues its fine tradition of honoring Jazz in the Arts with The Judge, an exhibit of 40 of bassist Milt Hinton’s timeless black and white photographs through February 28, 2010.
My wife and I attended the rare screening of Keeping Time, The Life Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton a Jazz humanitarian and someone we are pleased to add to the music of our heart. 🙂
It was a heartfelt documentary, a true labor of love.We loved watching the film unfold, learning how caring souls Milt and Mona Hinton could be to all they encountered. It was so cool to see Milt Hinton’s joy whenever he played. He slapped the bass with such rhapsody, I marvelled at his intensity and rhythm. His interaction with many Jazz superstars, such as Cab Calloway, Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday, just to name a few, added such a warm dimension to the personalities of Jazz we all know and love. His camera lens shared with us many intimate backstage moments, which we felt privileged to witness.
Milt Hinton was a humble man and a supportive soul, who would give you the shirt off his back. He was tireless in his efforts to promote Jazz music and future musicians. We especially loved hearing Brian Torff”s personal story of meeting Milt Hinton. Milt Hinton befriended Brian and aided his career by helping him get on Cleo Laine’s tour.
Our compliments to the two producers, David Berger and Holly Maxon who held a question and answer session after the film. David and Holly are also responsible for the Milt Hinton Web site, which I urge you to navigate to learn more about The Judge.
I have an additional post about Westport Arts Center and Jazz on my other blog here.
It was a pleasure to meet Brian Torff and Nancy Heller, Executive Director this afternoon. My wife and I felt very welcomed by our hosts.
The Westport Arts Center with Brian Torff as Artistic Director of Jazz and Danielle Cavanna as Director of Education have helped greatly to increase our knowledge of Jazz and Art. We love what WAC is accomplishing and look forward to Jazz-Rock Fusion on May 2nd. 🙂
Y Not is the title of Ringo Starr’s new recording which will be released on January 12th, 2010. Ringo has chosen to self-produce Y Not. I am excited that Ringo has taken direct control of his artistic freedom and direction.
How on earth did Starr finally locate the absolutely perfect producer to work with him? “Well, I looked in the mirror,” Ringo says with a smile. “And I was looking real groovy that day.”
The first single “Walk With You” features Paul McCartney singing with Ringo. It will bring a wonderful chill to your senses when you hear them together. Paul McCartney also plays bass on “Peace Dream”.
How cool is this!!!!!!
“Walk With You” is available as a digital download from CD Universe as an MP3 file and can also be purchased on iTunes 😉
According to Ringo Starr, Starr said McCartney is “gen-i-us” for the way he laid down his vocal track on “Walk With You,” which is described as a “moving, even spiritual meditation about the lasting power of friendship.”
“Paul was doing the Grammys, so he came over to the house and was playing bass on ‘Peace Dream’. So I played him this other track and Paul … went to the mike and he just invented that part where he follows on my vocal. That was all Paul McCartney, and there could be nothing better…. He just makes it bigger and he makes it fuller,” Starr said.
The album,Y Not also features special guest performances by Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Joss Stone, Ben Harper, Glen Ballard and many others.
Peace and Love, Ringo
I love the momentum that swirls about Patti Smith as her artistic muse gathers collective energy. We become swept along in a mystical undertow that bathes us in warm, foamy waves of surf and sandy beach. Patti Smith radiates a wonderful aura of light interpreted through her varuousartistic mediums, music, writing, art and poetry. Its a sheer delight to dance along with our artistic muse in total spontaneity. Patti Smith nurtures in us new levels of cerebral intelligence with her gift of art this holiday season.
Where do I begin to define the essence of her latest happenings as I unveil some of Patti Smith activities in late December 2009/ January 2010 and beyond….
I’ll commence with her 63rd birthday on December 30th, PBS is airing on POV (Point of View) the documentary filmed so lovingly, Dream of Life. Steven Sebring spent 11 years capturing Patti Smith’s life for us to witness in an unveiled, revelatory fashion.
If you love art exhibits be sure to include in your travels the newly announced Patti Smith and Steven Sebring art exhibition Objects of Life that will take place from January 6th through February 6th, 2010 at the Robert Miller Gallery, 524West 26th Street, New York City, NY.
Patti Smith’s new book Just Kids becomes available on January 19th, 2010. Patti Smith will be promoting her book extensively January through the end of March in 2010.
For a complete itinerary of Patti Smith’s 2010 global appearances go to her Web site.
Patti Smith MP3 interviews on WNYC.