Jazz & Blues

Did Pat Martino Re-Learn How to Play the Guitar?

Pat Martino is an esteemed jazz guitarist that pursued a career in music at the young age of 15. Gaining many awards for his music and having an extensive discography that clearly portrayed his exceptional talent, aneurysm-induced amnesia barely became a barrier in his decision to re-learn his passion.  After suffering from a brain aneurysm …

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Who Was the Drummer in Ornette Coleman’s “The Empty Foxhole” Album?

Jazz is a genre of music that is quite difficult to define. Ornette Coleman, and his experimental approach with free improvisation truly revolutionized the way the genre was appreciated in the 60s. Did you know who played the drums while he was recording his live album? Instead of hiring a professional jazz drummer, Ornette Coleman …

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Aretha Franklin required that she would be paid, in cash, prior to any performance, often carrying the money in a bag, on stage during the show.

Soul Survivor Late on a winter night, Aretha Franklin sat in the dressing room of Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino, in Ontario. She did not wear the expression of someone who has just brought boundless joy to a few thousand souls. “What was with the sound?” she said, in a tone somewhere between perplexity and …

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