Entries by Jazz and Blues Director

New Jazz for September

Our jazz department at The Great 88 has received some great new music, especially the latest release from Derrick Hodge. Here’s what’s happening in early September: DERRICK HODGE Live Today (Blue Note) APERTURISTIC TRIO Truth And Actuality (Inner Circle) CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO Out Here (Mack Avenue) CHICK COREA The Vigil (Concord Music Group) JAMES ZOLLAR It’s All Good People (JZAZ) […]

Hristo Vitchev Interview

In my interview with Bulgarian-raised guitarist Hristo Vitchev, he largely spoke of the ‘Impressionistic” ideas behind his unique style of music. A composer of 6 albums since 2009, his sound is expressed much like a painter expresses what he sees in a painting; a symbiotic playing with his quartet that sonically paints a picture in […]

Hot Jazz of July

As we all may know, summer is slow. Regardless, a few new titles have been coming in here and there, and some of it’s hot. Check it out: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO    Out Here HRISTO VITCHEV QUARTET    Familiar Fields ETIENNE CHARLES    Creole Soul EMILY BEAR    Diversity GEORGE BENSON    Nspiration: A Tribute To Nat King Cole PAT […]

Radio: All In The Family

Father’s Day came up fast June 16th. My situation involved receiving a small package in the mail from my pops the other day, and inside the cardboard box was a small recyclable doggie-poo bag.  Despite that informality, I found gold within this doggie bag – my dad’s radio on-air tapes from the 80’s! My family and myself […]