Chuck Berry broke new ground. His guitar playing style followed on gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She was a brilliant performer and Chuck was no slouch. Famous for writing whole stories in very short songs plus his...
John Coltrane helped Jazz cross one of the many rivers it has faced. He had a tremendous ability. You can hear him play in this clip:
It is good to be reminded of the complex roots which led into the magic which is JAZZ. This film helps us understand an important story.
The erudite and helpful Professor Gates introduces a key move in Black musical history as Gospel music is initiated.
Robert Zimmerman a.k.a. Bob Dylan is a phenomenon. His second album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ in 1963 pushed him to the top of the charts and he has remained a hugely influential singer/songwriter ever...
What about this for wonderful Scottish talent? We have Laura Macdonald on saxophone, Fergus McCreadie piano and the writer Luca Manning on vocals. Image: Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)
The Fergus McCreadie Trio are all talent young men and they are heading upwards on a steep trajectory. This is the opening track of their third album, ‘Forest Floor’. It is called Law Hill.
Jazz continues to impress in the new millennium. These gals and guys are very hot. They raise my spirits, what about yours?
One of the best English composers of this era offer his response to the invasion of Ukraine in a sung prayer. “John Rutter describes the ‘Lady’ statue of the Chapel” by vocalessence is marked...
Thoughts are with all the people of Ukraine following Mr Putin’s decision to invade his neighbours. May music provide fortitude at this time of crisis.