Jazz Girls Day Indiana

“Let’s do it again next year” – the excitement was contagious as 20 girls packed up their instruments surrounded by their families who had come to witness the concert finale of the first Jazz Girls Day in Indiana. Guided by eight...

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

We discussed the different types of licenses in my Music Industry course the other day and realized that it can be a burden for a small venue to be liable for the performance rights licenses through ASCAP and BMI and SESAC when resources are already limited. On the...

Three Strikes

One of the important Centennial celebrations this year is for Marian McPartland, born March 20, 1918. She was fearless, determined, talented, and a leader in so many regards. This blog was initially written a few years ago for the New Music Box, my tribute to her...

The Number Game

The principles of Western music theory are governed by the well-termpered system of 12 half steps combined in various patterns to form scales and melodies. I like patterns and anything that follows logical sequences – my mind just seems to be wired that way....

Stories by the Jazz Piano Masters

January is the month of jazz gatherings: Jazz Education Network Conference – Jazz Congress – Winter Jazz Festival – bringing together thousands of jazz performers, educators, activists, supporters, media and business personnel and so much more. This...

Peace on Earth 2017

Since the release of “Peace on Earth” in 2010 we’ve been presenting an annual Peace on Earth concert for the Bloomington Jazz Fables series. I have to say that this year was probably my favorite so far and we got it on videotape. So for this Blog...