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April 29, 2015

Hoagy Carmichael’s Piano

Here is just a little anecdote that I’d love to tell – it exemplifies the trials of a conflicting worlds and values of the artist career.

RunThrough_158Just last week, I played the piano at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis for their Friday Happy Hour. The Columbia Club is a private club with restaurant, hotel, banquet space, and much more right in the center of the city – membership is a privilege valued at a high price. The baby grand piano in the lobby is actually an Apollo piano that Bloomington’s own Hoagy Carmichael used to own.  (more…)

April 25, 2015

On The Road Again

liveincomejazzgenre.028-1024x640A recent study on the income streams of musicians by the Future of Music Coalition reveals a variety of interesting facts, i.e. the differences in income streams between musical genres and of course the recent changes due to the downturn in the recording industry. There is a detailed case study of a jazz musician/bandleader with the following conclusions: (more…)

April 23, 2015

International Jazz Day

jam-poster-2015_200Mainly due to the advocacy of John Hasse, Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institute, April has been declared Jazz Appreciation Month in 2002 (JAM). The mission is to stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more. There are even 112 suggestions on how to celebrate on the JAM website – find
out more here. (more…)

April 4, 2015

Jazz Heroes

2015JazzHeroesWITHnumbersver1Thanks to the nomination by B’town Jazz I have just been named a Jazz Hero for the town of Bloomington by the Jazz Journalist Association (JJA). The award honors advocates, altruists, activists, aiders and abettors of jazz who have had significant impact in their local communities – according to JJA. I’m not sure I get all the words, but getting recognized for having had a significant impact on my community is the biggest honor I can ever imagine. (more…)

March 25, 2015

Lady Be Good

March and April are my two favorite months of the year! March is Women’s History Month and provides the opportunity to showcase many of our amazing jazz ladies and April is Jazz Apreciation Month (JAM) and features the art form in its fullest.  I just wish we could extend both months over the rest of the year – maybe soon – (more…)