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Jose Padua: Directions in Music and Other Ways of Approaching the Day

what he wants to do
sounds better than
what I want to do
we sit in the car
and listen
until the song is over

April 22, 2021 · 6 Comments

Video: That’s my jazz

Milt Abel II, a world renowned pastry chef, reflects on his relationship with his late father Milton Abel Sr., a legendary Kansas City jazz musician.

September 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jose Padua: In the Someday with the Sound of All the Passing Years

We only have one TV in the house, and last night Julien took a break from whatever he wanted to watch and let Maggie take control of it. What she … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Audio: “Boplicity” by Miles Davis

No single figure has influenced the evolution of American jazz more than trumpeter Miles Davis. A member of the music scene of his native St. Louis from the young age … Continue reading

September 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Audio: Charlie Parker Reboppers perform “Billie’s Bounce”

The Charlie Parker Reboppers made this recording November 26, 1945 at WOR Studios on Broadway in New York City. Performers include Miles Davis on trumpet, Charlie Parker on alto sax, Dizzy … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Video: 1959 — The Year That Changed Jazz Forever

In 1959, four albums were recorded that took music in a new direction : Kind of Blue by Miles Davis; Time Out by Dave Brubeck; Mingus Ah Um by Charles … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: Courtesy

While stopped at a light this afternoon the big black pickup truck beside me was playing something like Toby Keith while I was sitting in my minivan playing “Right Off” … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

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