Creed Taylor in 1979

Today marks what would have been the 95th birthday of Creed Taylor, a producer celebrated for his subtle yet impactful influence in the jazz music industry. Despite facing significant challenges, including CTI’s bankruptcy in 1978, Taylor’s dedication to crossover music has left a lasting legacy, exemplified by his nurturing of artists like Wes Montgomery. His approach, blending commercial elements with jazz, aimed to broaden the genre’s appeal without compromising its essence, a reflection of his deep commitment to both the art and its artists.

Farewell Les McCann

Les McCann, a renowned musician, passed away at 88 in Los Angeles. Pat Thomas, a close associate, mourned and celebrated McCann’s legacy. His influential albums and photography book honor his contribution to music and culture. McCann’s impact was recognized in a New York Times obituary. His music continues to inspire, particularly in the “Acid Jazz” scene.

On This Day: Lien Sale

Manhattan it wasn’t, but if you were a “bridges and tunnels” commuter who didn’t drive, Newsday was your go-to read. In the days before smartphones, before MP3 players, podcasts, and web pages, you’d board the MTA bus or train, claim your seat if you were lucky, and either put on […]

RIP Claudio Roditi

His death was announced by his long time partner and wife, Kristen Park on January 19th, via a Gofundme page setup for Claudio. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved husband, Claudio Roditi, late Friday evening, January 17, 2020. He was a loving husband […]