Monthly Archives: May 2013

Pianist Mulgrew Miller Dies at 57

Mulgrew Miller  photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York TimeNATE CHINEN (New York Times)

Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57.

The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley. Mr. Miller had been hospitalized since Friday.

Source: News York Times, Photo: Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times

Seattle-Born Jazz Singer Sara Gazarek Comes Home To Give Back

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SEATTLE — Singer Sara Gazarek didn’t grow up with a lot of exposure to jazz — after all, Seattle is really known more for grunge (and, recently, hip-hop) than for crooning voices and downtown piano bars. But when she joined the jazz choir in high school, she fell in love with the genre. Now, she’s an award-winning performer with a new album, who’s using her star power to inspire future generations of musicians — or at least help students understand a genre that often feels elusive.


Don Was, Making ‘Authentic’ Music at Blue Note Jazz Label

Dan DeLuca (Philadelphia Inquirer Music Critic)

There’s a jazz man’s adage, attributed variously to Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, that goes something like this: “There are two kinds of music, the good and the bad. I play the good kind.”

Don Was, the bass player, producer, bandleader, songwriter, and now president of the storied jazz label Blue Note Records, divides the world differently.

“There are two kinds of music,” Was says. “Generous music and selfish music.”

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer