Sunday, February 24, 2008

"Where to Cop CD's"???

Canvasing the Chicago area for CD's is an adventure if one does not know to properly look. Seek and ye shall find treasure troves of delight! Ah, the music!
I am often asked, "where can I find this and that CD?"
The best place in town, perhpas the country is hands down, The Jazz Record Mart. They handle mail orders. They have a tremendous vinyl collection. But they're used bins are a virtual gold mine. From new releases to out of print items the used bins are the first place I check. Plus the prices are very competitive. Long time manager Ron Bierma is very knowledgable in all areas of jazz. The whole staff, including Travers Gauntt, Chad, and new avant tenor sax star Keefe Jackson will make you feel welcome. I love going there and spending time digging through the used bins. You can always find something! The Jazz Record Mart is heaven.
Next up is the out of the way but well worth the drive is Chicago Compact Disc. Located in Oak Park CCD is rather homey and up-close and personal. Not a big place but it packs a whallup! it's prices on new releases boaders on the high end but it's used discs are on pace with the the JRM. The manager Chris is no slouch when it comes to jazz and particularly classical genre.
The third best place belongs to Reckless Records on north Broadway and its sister store on north Milwaukee. Cool prices on used stuff.
Honorable mention goes to 2nd Hand Tunes of Hyde Park in Harper's Court. A bit pricy though.
With any of these haunts you won't go wrong.

Steve Hashimoto's "In The Trenches"

Speaking of having a good grasp of the pulse of jazz in the must get a subscription to bassist Steve Hashimoto's, 'In The Trenches...'. It's a lively weekly digest of Steve's views of the Chicago jazz scene, with emphasis on the northside and his gigging jobs. The guy is and has to be the city's foremost undervalued historian. And he's not 60 years young yet! And he's opinionated. Makes for great reading.

Let him know you read about here!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

A Ted Pankin Call

Ted Pankin is in my humble jazz opinion the best writer on jazz today! Even though I might not always agree with his conclusions, etc. The guy can flat out write.
In fact, I'd like to get in touch with him.
We met when I first came to WHPK FM and he and another DJ canadian Gene Pacquette hosted a brilliant show. That was 1976.
I last saw Ted in 1985 or so on a visit to New York. At the time he and jazz-o-phile Russ Musto were room mates. Russ is a great guy and a knowledgeable jazzer. But Ted has done himself proud by being on the pulse of the music in New York. His tomes in the pages of Downbeat are always worth the read.
Can someone help me hook up with my old buddy Ted Pankin?

Downbeat Critics Poll 2008

It's that time of year again, The Downbeat Critics Poll ballots will be due come April 2008. I've voted since 1980 and I enjoy it year after year (even though I've probably missed one or two years).
I ususally get friends and associates to help out. Jog the cobwebs of my fragile jazz mind. So I would like to put it out there -HELP!!!
Please send in all and any suggestions for addition. Any and everybody will be considered.
Max Roach is a no brainer for the Hall of Fame and I'm seriously giving a nod to Barry Harris and Yusef Lateef. No Hall of Famers that should been in there long ago.

Past Shows

Past broadcasts of 'What Is This Thing Called Jazz?' will be made available soon. In MP3 format...
A particial listing includes 12/9/07 - Bill Easley; Margaret Murphy; Rob Jacoby . 12/23/07 - Onaje Allen Gumbs; Steve Nelson; Salim Washington. 1/6/2008 - Ari Brown; Trudy Pitts; Patty Cossentino; Nicole Mitchell. 2/3/2008 - Willie Williams; Kali Z. Fasteau. 2/17/2008 - Ben Jansson; John Allen; Famoudou Don Moye; Marty Sheller.

Show Guests for March 2nd 2008

"What is This Thing Called Jazz?" Aventures in Modern Music features two hours of music and interviews. The march 2nd show will include vocalist James Geralden, and his new release 'Tender and Blue'; new tenor sax voice Dayna Stephens, just off his tremendous sideman date with San Francisco pianist Adam Schulman's 'On Second Thought' and Ny based bassist Gregg August and his engaging sextet venture, 'One Peace'.
Join me 10 AM til Noon central time streaming from the south side of Chicago to the World!!!