The Swing Era – The Strayhorn Centenary Project

1939 was a good year for a composer/arranger to join the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Several important musicians joined its ranks around this time, adding to the band’s considerable aural palette. Jimmy Blanton freed the bass from its simple time-keeping role … Continue reading

20 years ago: A Remembrance of the Rodney King Uprising

April 29, 1991.  I was at work in Berkeley.  There was no World Wide Web in those days.  I checked.  The Mosaic browser wouldn’t come out until the following January, over a half-year later.  No, I got the news on … Continue reading