Chicago bluesman Buddy Guy, at age 75 as wild a guitar pyrotechnician as lives today, and the British dinosaur rockers Led Zeppelin, whose guitarist Jimmy Page stands in Guy's shadow, are being celebrated with Kennedy Center Honors, to be presented at a program at the Kennedy Center on Dec. 2. Remind me again why we're giving awards to non-American pop stars?
Guy, who first came…Continue
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Donald "Duck" Dunn, bassist for Booker T. and the MGs, most all the grits 'n' greens soul voices who emerged from Memphis' Stax Records in the 1960s, and dozens of major blues-rock-pop stars during his subsequent career as an LA-based studio musician, died in his sleep at age 70 in the early morning of May 13 while on tour in Japan with his guitarist partner and childhood friend Steve Cropper. He'd performed two shows the…Continue
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The first International Jazz Day -- April 30 2012 -- was a phenomenal world-wide event, initiated by composer-pianist Herbie Hancock and reaching at the very least the 195 nations that had musicians playing Hancock's "Watermelon Man" in tandem with his own performance of it at a sunrise concert in Congo Square, New Orleans. The sunset concert in the hallowed and vast main hall of the UN was an impressively strong demonstration of jazz's vitality and diversity, too. Videos…Continue
Posted on May 3, 2012 at 7:30pm