Bob James Live!

I missed attending the Biamp Portland Jazz Festival but was updated by Kim Paris with a review, photos, and a clip of Bob James’s performance. Kim also shared a 1985 live recording of a Bob James concert at Montreux, available for streaming and download.

Pop And Jazz Jocks On The Radio

Billboard Magazine’s October 12th, 1963 issue explores the fusion of jazz with popular music, highlighting Creed Taylor’s impact on presenting jazz artists to the pop scene. Here I have two Bill Coss authored features on this topic. Discussed is the trend of pop jockeys blending more jazz into their shows as audiences become sophisticated listeners, while jazz deejays remain cautious of trend slavery in pop jazz. An spoken audio texts are included as an experiment.

Black Music ’75 Live Apollo Theater Hubbard & McCann

Kim Paris from the FM Radio Archive Collection recently shared a interesting live set from 1974 featuring Freddie Hubbard and Les McCann at the Apollo’s Black Music ’75 show. This ambitious event aimed to showcase jazz legends to the Harlem audience. The performance, while receiving mixed reviews, provides a nostalgic glimpse into an iconic era of jazz music.

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CTI Record Streams

While I continue working on a couple of research projects that have consumed the past 6-weeks, I realized I hadn’t posted here much, although I continue to dance of the grave of what used to be social-media daily. Here is a brief post on an interesting stream I’ve been listening […]

On This Day: Benson – The Other Carnegie Hall Concert

Back in April 2023 while writing about Kwame Brathwaite [1]https://www.ctproduced.com/kwame-brathwaite/, I discussed the George Benson album and the Carnegie Hall concert “In Concert – Carnegie Hall” with guest Hubert Laws. That concert was on January 11th, 1975 and the album from it was later overdubbed to replace parts of the […]

CTI Online – The Paris Collection

Kim Paris is doing great things with live CTI sets and broadcasts at the Internet Archive. If you have not looked recently, Kim has posted 4x CTI All-Stars live sets; his radio shows from Freeform Portland to celebrate the life of Creed Taylor from last year(2022) and a couple of […]

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On This Day: Sky Live

It’s October 30th, that means that 49-years ago, not far from where I live now, Freddie Hubbard and his quartet of trusty sidemen George Cables, Kent Brinkley, Ralph Penland and Junior Cook, were getting ready to perform at the Ebberts Field. No, not the home of the Dodgers in Brooklyn, […]

Funky Friday, starts here!

Legendary jazz producer, Creed Taylor, celebrated his 90th birthday this year. Yes, Creed is alive and well. Since the mid-to-late 70’s in the UK were dominated by tracks released on Creeds CTI and Kudu labels, I thought it would be great to see if I could get the regular “Funky […]